Belgium booked their place in the knock stage of the 2018 World Cup with a 5-2 thrashing over Tunisia this afternoon at the Moscow Stadium.
After an impressive display against England where they lost 2-1, most people were expecting Tunisia to cause a shocker against Belgium by getting a win or a draw to keep their hopes high in the tournament. First half goals from Eden Hazard and Lukaku made things difficult for the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia.
Captain for the Belgian national team, Eden Hazard opened the scoring in the sixth minute when he was fouled on the edge of the box after a one-two with Lukaku. The referee correctly adjudged him to be in the penalty area and he slotted the penalty home.
Ten minutes later, Lukaku doubled the lead with a neat finish from a Dries Mertens pass, only for Dylan Bronn to give Tunisia a lifeline two minutes later with a firm header from a free-kick.
But Belgium’s big names continued to make chances and Lukaku claimed his second – and fourth of the tournament – with a deft touch over the goalkeeper in the third minute of the added time.
Hazard added a fourth shortly after the restart when he showed great control and composure to slot the finish past the goalkeeper and two defenders in the 51st minute.
Just when Roberto Martinez thought the job was almost done, he started taking out some of his stars out from the game. Lukaku was subbed off for Michy Batshuayi.
Substitute Michy Batshuayi had three great chances in the final 13 minutes to add to Belgium’s lead but had one effort cleared off the line, struck another close-range chance against the bar and saw his third saved by the keeper.
But Batshuayi finally got on the score sheet in stoppage time when he slotted home Belgium’s fifth.
Tunisia grabbed a late consolation through Wahbi Khazri but will be heading home after losing their second group match.