first_imgBelgium’s class and precision was on full display on Saturday as they registered a thumping 5-2 victory against Tunisia to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 round of 16 from Group G.Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku scored a brace while Batshuayi netted once as Belgium scored 5 goals for the first time in a World Cup match.Tunisia also managed to score twice through Dylan Bronn and Khazri but they just couldn’t match Belgium’s authority throughout the 90 minutes.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEHazard started the onslaught early for the Red Devils as he converted a penalty in the 6th minute after he was fouled inside the box by Beb Youssef.10 minutes later Lukaku doubled Belgium’s lead to score his 6th goal in a World Cup.Tunisia pegged one back three minutes later through Dylan Bronn. There was just 109 seconds between Belgium’s second goal and Tunisia’s first.Lukaku then completed his brace with just a minute to go before half time to become the first player since Diego Maradona to score two goals in consecutive World Cup matches. Maradona had done the same in the 1986 edition after scoring twice against England. Lukaku had scored two goals in Belgium’s first game against Panama.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEHazard continued Belgium’s dominant run in the second half as he netted in the 51st minute. An inch-perfect Kevin de Bruyne pass sent Hazard clear for his second six minutes after the restart, the midfielder showing superb balance and skill to round keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha and tuck home to effectively end the contest.advertisementBoth Lukaku and Hazard though, didn’t get a chance to complete their hat-tricks as they got replaced in the 59th and 68th minute respectively.Batshuayi, who came off the bench as Hazard’s replacement, missed at least four clear-cut chances to score within five minutes but failed before finally finding the back of the net in the 90th minute.Just before referee blew the full time whistle, Tunisia scored a consolation goal through Khazri in injury time.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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