World Cup Group G match report Belgium v Tunisia 23 June 2018

Doug Mendoza
June 23, 2018

That was before Hazard added a second, his Blues teammate Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to get on the scoresheet and Wahbi Khazri netted another consolation for Tunisia.

"However the third goal came at a very hard time towards the end of the first half and it's true it affected the morale of our players".

Roberto Martinez's men beat Panama 3-0 on Monday and moved on to Moscow with Premier League stars Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard all starting.

Any faint hopes that Tunisia had of clawing their way back into the game were extinguished six minutes into the second half when Hazard scored his second.

Hazard failed to turn home Lukaku's low cross from close-range soon after but the latter doubled the Red Devils' advantage after 16 minutes.

Tunisia responded two minutes later, Bronn leaping highest to head home a free-kick from his skipper Khazri on 18 minutes, only to be later carried off after landing awkwardly following a collision.

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Tunisia, also without a point after two matches having extended their 40-year World Cup winless run to 13 games, are also still in with a theoretical chance of making it on through three points.

And Belgium, who wrap up Group G against England on Thursday, may confront fitness concerns with Lukaku, who had his right ankle worked on in the first half before coming off in the 59th minute with the result no longer in question.

Saturday's defeat condemned Tunisia to yet another unsuccessful attempt to reach the knockout round in five World Cups.

Romelu Lukaku, who scored two against Panama, spearheads the Belgian attack, supported by Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens.

Belgium opened with a 3-0 win over Panama 3-0 and another win against Tunisia would nearly certainly secure a place in the knockout stages from Group G.

In the only other change, Naim Sliti has been replaced on the left wing by Saif-Eddine Khaoui.

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