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Belgium crush Tunisia

Published:Saturday | June 23, 2018 | 11:23 AM

Belgium strengthened their lead over England atop Group G with a crushing 5-2 win over Tunisia at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both scored twice in a devastating display of attacking football.

Belgium are not yet through to the round of 16, but a win for England over Panama tomorrow will see them progress.

The game between England and Belgium, scheduled for Thursday, will determine which team top the group..

Belgian Manager Roberto Martinez has already announced that he will make "major changes" for the game against England.

"If we could have seven days to prepare for that game and then another seven days before the following game then we would start with the same starting XI," said the former Everton boss.

"The reality is that we have qualified - you are only as good as the 23 players. There will be opportunities for others. We need to check the injury doubts Lukaku (ankle), Hazard (calf) and Mertens (knock to ankle)."

Belgium attacked from the off and needed only five minutes to take the lead, when Hazard was barged over by Syam Ben Youssef just inside the box and got up to send Tunisia keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha the wrong way from the spot.

Things quickly got worse for Tunisia when Ali Maaloul's heavy touch on the halfway line allowed Dries Mertens to nip in and release Lukaku, who found a perfect low finish.

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