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

Elena Summers
June 23, 2018

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard scored a brace for Belgium and Michy Batshuayi gave Belgium a comfortable victory. A spot in the round of 16 is nearly certain after an opening 3-0 win over Panama.

Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri got his team's second with nearly the last kick of the match.

Belgium and England clash next Thursday in their final Group G match in Kaliningrad in a contest likely to decide the pool victor.

Belgium, who named the same starting XI that cruised past Panama in their opening game, got off to a great start after six minutes thanks to some clumsy defending from Syam Ben Youssef. VAR was used, confirming that the challenge was illegal and that it had taken place just inside the penalty area.

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


Tunisia have lost goalkeeper Mouez Hassen to injury after he damaged his shoulder in the defeat to England, per Goal's Michael Madyira.

The striker coolly hit his shot inside the far post, just past the outstretched glove of Tunisia keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha, in the 16th minute.

After racking up two wins and a goal difference of plus-six Belgium are virtually assured of advancing but it is not yet guaranteed - and they will be aware that they will need to tighten up at the back to handle the threat of the big guns deeper into the tournament.

Only in the 90th minute, after Youri Tielemans found him in the box, did Batshuayi tally his first World Cup goal, and Khazri answered in the 93rd minute, moments before the full-time whistle.

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