Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard star as Belgium rout Tunisia

Jo Caldwell
June 23, 2018

Following his double in the 3-0 win over Panama it took the him to four goals for the tournament, level with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, and made him Belgium's highest scorer at a single World Cup - after one-and-a-half games.

Hazard left the game in the 68th minute, with Germany's Andre Schurrle and Toni Kroos, who did so in the 7-1 victory over Brazil in the semifinals in 2014, the last two players to score two goals each in a World Cup game. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840. VAR was used, confirming that the challenge was illegal and that it had taken place just inside the penalty area.

Midfielder Ferjani Sassi picked up an early booking for complaining when Tunisia's appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears, just before Belgium added their second goal.

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Hazard then ran on to a long pass in the 51st minute, flicked the ball around Ben Mustapha and shot into an empty net.

That goal served to halt Belgium's early dominance, but they did grab a third with nearly the last kick of the half.

The Manchester City midfield maestro turned provider again after the break for Hazard.

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But their convincing start in Russia - Roberto Martinez's side have scored eight goals in two games - will hold critics at bay for the moment, with their biggest test coming in the final group game against England this Thursday.

The Borussia Dortmund forward had a chance cleared off the line, was twice denied by Ben Mustapha's saves and hit the crossbar, finally converting a cross for Belgium's fifth goal.

Wahbi Khazri found a second consolation for the Tunisians after steering home a cross-field pass a minute from time.

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