Lukaku & Hazard star as impressive Belgium cruise past Tunisia
Jun 26 2018
Despite topping Group G with six points and a goal difference of plus-six there is still the slimmest of chances Belgium might yet not qualify, though even a heavy defeat in their final game against England would be extremely unlikely to derail them. As I have said before when we were drawn in this group we knew very well that the Belgian team was a very strong team but we are ready and hopefully God-willing we will be able to avoid the mistakes we made against England.
Belgium are ranked third in the world, behind only Germany and Brazil, but Martinez said there was no room for complacency against Tunisian, ranked 21.
Belgium's quick goal from the penalty spot against Tunisia ensured there were no 0-0 draws in the first 27 matches of a World Cup for the first time.
The Tunisians had a different result in their Group opener, losing 2-1 to England, thanks to an injury-time victor from Harry Kane, in what was a poor excuse of a football match, and more of a WWE Wrestlemania tussle.
Belgium were unwilling to let Tunisia off the hook and when they returned from the dressing room, Hazard fastened onto a raking pass from De Bruyne from his half, to to go round goalkeeper Ben Mustapha for a simple tap in. "I think he is like other players, well aware that we must keep working, keep getting better as a team". Belgium break when Mertens siezes a loose Tunisian pass on the half-way line.
Bronn soon went off injured and was later joined on the sidelines by Tunisia defender Syam Ben Youssef.
Of his impoverished childhood when his family was broke, when he didn't have a television set at home to watch the World Cup, and of the times when people wanted him to fail.
Surprisingly, possession between the two teams nearly split 50-50.
But Martinez must urgently take a closer look at his team's defensive operation which a few times allowed the Tunisians to take a stab at Thibaut Courtois' goal.
"It is not easy to score the amount of goals we have scored in the first two games".
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. Midfielder Wahbi Khazri clipped in a free-kick while Dylan Bronn nodded it into the bottom right.