Belgium's Romelu Lukaku says it is now or never for golden generation

by Leon Thompson June 23, 2018, 23:47
Belgium's Romelu Lukaku says it is now or never for golden generation

Tunisia cut the deficit when Dylan Bronn headed in from a free-kick.

Lukaku's brace puts him joint top with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for World Cup golden boot. "So after five minutes we scored, and we controlled the game".

Penalty for Belgium. Eden Hazard takes it and scores against Tunisia in the 6th minute.

The Belgians were first on the ascendancy after Romelu Lukaku latched onto a long ball to draw a save from Farouk Ben Mustapha in the opening minutes.

Michy Batshuayi should have made it 5-1 for the Red Devils 11 minutes before time with a glorious chance inside the box but his strike hit the underside of the crossbar.

Belgium are ranked third in the world, behind only Germany and Brazil, but Martinez said there was no room for complacency against Tunisian, ranked 21.

Tunisia captain Khazri grabbed their second goal just before the final whistle of their second defeat in Russian Federation.

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Tunisia's Ferjani Sassi, right, fights for the ball with Belgium's Jan Vertonghen, left.

Barring major upsets, the 28 June tie against Gareth Southgate's men in Kaliningrad will decide who tops the group and Martinez was wary of England's threat. Video review confirmed the trip was on the white line of the penalty area, not outside as Tunisia claimed.

"I felt something in my calf in the first half but nothing big and I think I will be OK tomorrow", said Hazard. Bronn and Ben Youssef were both replaced after leaving the field on stretchers.

Dries Mertens won possession just inside the Tunisia half before driving forward and feeding Lukaku.

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.

Tunisia also used pace and direct running to expose Belgium's defense, though rarely tested goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois..

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