Hazard, Lukaku doubles as impressive Belgium trounce Tunisia 5-2
- Author: Stacy Allen Jun 23, 2018,
Jun 23, 2018, 23:50
It was the second-earliest goal scored by a Belgium player at a World Cup after Leopold Anoul scored in the fifth minute in 1954.
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.
And Hazard got his fourth by leaving the goalkeeper in the dust.
Belgium's Jan Vertonghen, left, and Tunisia's Wahbi Khazri challenge for the ball.
"Lukaku pulled level with Cristiano Ronaldo on four goals in the race to land the Golden Boot, having become the first man since Diego Maradona in 1986 to score twice in consecutive World Cup games".
Belgium were dominant from the outset, taking a 2-0 lead inside 16 minutes through Hazard's penalty and Lukaku's fine finish.
It could certainly be star-studded Belgium, unbeaten in their past ten World Cup group-stage matches.
Ahead of next Thursday's likely top-spot shootout with England in Kaliningrad, however, Martinez has confirmed that Hazard, Lukaku and fellow forward Dries Mertens - each substituted against Tunisia - are all carrying knocks that could rule them out.
Should England beat Panama on Sunday, anything short of a win will put Tunisia on the ropes.
Belgium's manger said Lukaku had damaged an "external ankle ligament".
Against England on Thursday, Belgium will be favored to advance as the victor of Group H.
For Tunisia, Farouk Ben Mustapha starts in goal after playing most of the 2-1 loss to England following Mouez Hassan's shoulder injury.