Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard star as Belgium rout Tunisia

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard star as Belgium rout Tunisia

However, Tunisia will not make life easy for Belgium as they seek to provide a bright spot in a poor World Cup for African sides, with Egypt and Morocco already out.

Not to be outdone, Belgium captain Eden Hazard scored in either half, including an early penalty at the Spartak Stadium, before substitute Michy Batshuayi added their fifth.

Defeat for Tunisia leaves them all-but-out of the tournament, needing Panama to defeat England on Sunday to maintain even the smallest shred of hope of reaching the knockout rounds.

He scored twice in Belgium's 3-0 opening Group G game against Panama and needed just 45 minutes against Tunisia to score another double.

The Manchester United striker increased his goal tally in Russian Federation to four, bagging a brace against the Carthage Eagles to go alongside his double in the 3-0 victory over Panama.

Hazard - having been on the receiving end of some bruising tackles in Belgium's opener - was sent tumbling after just five minutes but converted the penalty to open his Russian account.

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Ali Maaloul's weak pass on the halfway line was collected by Dries Mertens, who sprinted away and put Lukaku clear.

Toby Alderweireld's long pass from defence was taken on the chest by Hazard, who then rounded Mustapha to stroke into an empty net.

With half-time approaching, the Belgians grabbed their third goal.

Batshuayi, who came on for Hazard, had three quality chances to score in an increasingly driving rain before finally converting.

Khazri scored a consolation deep into stoppage time after a neat swivel in the box, but it mattered little as Belgium comfortably took a giant stride towards the last 16.

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