Belgium 5 Tunisia 2

Romelu Lukaku

Bel­gi­um 5 Tunisia 2, Spar­tak Sta­dium, FIFA Wor­ld Cup Fi­nals Group Sta­ge, June 23, 2018. Man­chester Uni­ted marks­man Ro­melu Lu­kaku be­came the fir­st play­er to re­gister two or more goals in con­sec­ut­ive mat­ches at the Wor­ld Cup Fi­nals since Diego Maradona in Mex­ico back in 1986 as he hit a brace in Belgium´s 5-2 vic­tory over Tunisia in Moscow. 

Bel­gi­um qual­i­fied for the knock­out sta­ges of the 2018 Wor­ld Cup af­ter beat­ing Tunisia 5-2 at Spar­tak Sta­dium thanks to a brace each from Eden Haz­ard and Ro­melu Lu­kaku plus one goal by Michy Bats­huayi. The Bel­gian si­de took the lead in the sev­enth min­ute thro­ugh a pen­alty by Haz­ard af­ter he had be­en fouled just in­side the box by Syam Ben Youssef, and doubled their ad­vant­age on six­teen min­utes when Lu­kaku sco­red wi­th a low hard left-footed shot which went pa­st the out­stretched left arm of Farouk Ben Mustapha and in­to the far bot­tom cor­ner of the net. Tunisia re­duced the de­fi­cit thanks to a head­er from Dylan Bronn two min­utes la­ter, on­ly for Lu­kaku to net a third for Rob­erto Martinez´s men in fir­st-ha­lf stop­page time. Fol­low­ing the in­ter­mis­sion, Bel­gi­um con­tin­ued dom­in­at­ing pro­ceed­ings and had their third goal of the day in the 51st min­ute when Haz­ard fin­ished off a coun­ter­at­tack by round­ing Ben Mustapha and smash­ing the ball in­to an empty net. Still, there were more goals to come as Bats­huayi fou­nd the back of the net in the fi­nal min­ute of nor­mal time to make the score 5-1 to Bel­gi­um be­fore Wahbi Khazri re­gistered a con­sol­a­tion goal for Tunisia three min­utes in­to in­jury time. The Bel­gians were de­servedly thro­ugh to the next phase of the com­pet­i­tion, whi­le the Tunisi­ans were out. Bel­gi­um Te­am: Thibaut Cour­tois, Toby Alder­weireld, Jan Ver­tonghen, Dedryck Boy­ata, Ax­el Wit­sel, Kev­in De Bruyne, Yan­nick Car­rasco, Tho­mas Meuni­er, Ro­melu Lu­kaku, Eden Haz­ard, Dries Mer­tens. Sub­stitutes: Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini, Youri Tiele­mans, Michy Bats­huayi-Atunga, Si­mon Migno­let, Koen Casteels, Leander Dendon­ck­er, Tho­mas Ver­maelen, Vin­cent Kom­pany, Thor­gan Haz­ard, Mousa Dem­bele, Ad­nan Janu­zaj, Nacer Chadli. Tunisia Te­am: Farouk Ben Mustapha, Syam Ben Youssef, Yassine Meryah, Dylan Bronn, Ali Maaloul, Saîf-Ed­dine Khaoui, Wahbi Khazri, Fer­jani Sas­si, Ellyes Skhiri, Fakhred­dine Ben Youssef, Anice Badri. Sub­stitutes: Yo­han Ben­al­ou­ane, Ham­di Nagguez, Naim Sliti, Ay­men Math­louthi, Oussema Had­dadi, Mo­hamed Ben Amor, Rami Bedoui, Ahmed Khalil, Bassem Srar­fi, Ghaylene Chaalali, Saber Khalifa.

 

Romelu Lukaku Quickfacts

Ro­melu Lu­kaku notched up 33 goals in 73 Bel­gian Fir­st Di­vi­sion ap­pear­ances for An­der­lecht be­fore he sig­ned wi­th Chel­sea for an es­tim­ated trans­fer fee of £10 mil­lion in the sum­mer of 2011.

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