Eden Hazard hails prolific Belgium teammate Romelu Lukaku

Eden Hazard hails prolific Belgium teammate Romelu Lukaku

Eden Hazard hails prolific Belgium teammate Romelu Lukaku

Hazard tucked away the penalty to hand Belgium a lead that was soon doubled by Lukaku, who converted a Dries Mertens pass with an accurate, low, left-footed shot.

Belgium got their fourth through a majestic goal when De Bruyne played a 30-yard ball to Hazard, who cushioned the ball on his chest before rounding Ben Mustapha in the Tunisian goal and slotting home.

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both scored braces as Belgium crushed Tunisia 5-2 to all but secure their place in the World Cup knockout stages.

Sliti starts on the bench after Tunisia's 2-1 defeat by England, while Farouk Ben Mustapha stays in goal after coming on when Mouez Hassen was injured.

Should England overcome Panama then only top spot in the group will be at stake when Belgium face Gareth Southgate's side on Thursday, while Tunisia will be eliminated should the result of Sunday's game be anything other than an unlikely Panama win.

After racking up two wins and a goal difference of plus-six Belgium are virtually assured of advancing but it is not yet guaranteed - and they will be aware that they will need to tighten up at the back to handle the threat of the big guns deeper into the tournament.

"We had to suffer in spells but when we were in full flow going forward, we look really sharp".

Belgium have shown the most complete attacking force at the World Cup, though without yet playing a European or South American team.

Hazard won the penalty when he was brought down by Tunisia's Syam Ben Youssef on the edge of the area.

Things quickly got worse for Tunisia when Ali Maaloul's heavy touch on the halfway line allowed Dries Mertens to nip in and release Lukaku, who found a ideal low finish.

Tunisia responded two minutes later, Bronn leaping highest to head home a free-kick from his skipper Khazri on 18 minutes, only to be later carried off after landing awkwardly following a collision.

Michy Batshuayi should have made it 5-1 for the Red Devils 11 minutes before time with a glorious chance inside the box but his strike hit the underside of the crossbar.

Noticias relacionadas

[an error occurred while processing the directive]