Lukaku and Hazard lead Belgian blitz of Tunisia

Marcus Newton
June 23, 2018

Manchester United striker, Romelu Lukaku has become Belgium's all-time top scorer in major tournaments after his first-half brace in the Group G clash against Tunisia on Saturday 23rd June.

Tunisia, meanwhile, valiantly held England to what appeared to be a draw, but a late Harry Kane header snatched away the point from the Eagles of Carthage, who find themselves in a tough spot fighting for their tournament survival.

Belgium took the lead inside six minutes, Eden Hazard converting a penalty after he had been brought down by Syam Ben Youssef.

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In a high tempo game, Lukaku bagged a second consecutive brace, taking him to seven goals in his last four global games, while captain Hazard notched his first goals of the tournament in a dominant performance for the Red Devils.

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And Hazard doubled his total in the 51st minute, scoring on an open net after he ran under a pass from Toby Alderweireld and worked his way around goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha before finishing.

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

Substitute Batshuayi missed a hat-trick of fantastic chances within five minutes before finally finding the target in the 90th with a good finish.

Tunisia captain Khazri grabbed their second goal just before the final whistle of their second defeat in Russian Federation. Belgium were generally on cruise-control for the final half hour, though the North Africans had the last word as Wahbi Khazri scored in stoppage time.

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