Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard give BEL big win

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez will field a much-changed side against England in their final World Cup Group G clash, resting a starting 11 who have all but qualified after scoring eight goals in two games.

Lukaku and Hazard scored twice in Saturday's 5-2 rout of Tunisia before being replaced in the second half, while Mertens also made way with four minutes to go after a typically energetic display.

Cursed by the "Golden Generation" tag for their last two worldwide tournaments, Belgium have been seen as underachievers given the wealth of talent at their disposal. A spot in the round of 16 is nearly certain after an opening 3-0 win over Panama.

The United player now has four goals at Russian Federation 2018, making him joint top scorer alongside Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.

And Hazard got his fourth by leaving the goalkeeper in the dust.

They haven't lost their second group stage game at any of their last seven World Cups.


A point from Belgium's last game against England on Thursday in Kaliningrad will ensure a place in the round of 16.

Ali Maaloul then gave the ball away at halfway after 16 minutes, Dries Mertens drove forward before rolling it into the path of Lukaku to plant it low into the corner.

After the comprehensive 3-0 victory over Panama in their first game, Belgium were always expected to be unchanged for the Tunisia match.

Lukaku, though, came through in added time with the third goal, moments after Kevin De Bruyne missed the striker in the box by mere inches. Maradona had achieved the mark against Belgium and England in Mexico.

Belgium almost answered several times in the remainder of the first half, with Hector Carrasco and Axel Witsel both missing quality chances. "The first game at any tournament is always a little tough and the heat also exhausted us out but after rest we'll be ready to roll again", Chelsea playmaker Hazard said in the build-up to the weekend's clash.


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