The 10-man reigning champions were in deep trouble when Toni Kroos stepped up to steer in his dramatic winner in the final minute of time added on in Sochi.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Romelu Lukaku scores brace as Belgium ease past Panama in opening Group G match
Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium eased to a comfortable win over Panama in Sochi. Dries Merten scored the first goal, with Kevin de Bruyne and Hazard notching assists.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Ahead of Belgium clash, Panama seek inspiration from Iceland's draw against Argentina
Panama caused a sensation by qualifying for Russia at the expense of the United States, but they have been handed just about the toughest start imaginable.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Belgium players are ready to make a real mark, says coach Roberto Martinez ahead of Panama clash
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez believes Eden Hazard can be one of the stars of the World Cup as the Chelsea man prepares to lead his nation into their tournament opener against Panama.
Roberto Martinez can't wait to lead an outstanding Belgium side into the World Cup as they prepare to take on Panama in their opening game on Monday.
FIFA World Cup 2018: After a difficult outing in 2014, Diego Costa finally making himself at home in Spain set-up
On Friday in Sochi, Costa's physical presence and penalty-box prowess worked a treat for the Spanish as they ended a chaotic week with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Portugal.
Neymar successfully managed to overcome an injury sustained in February in time for the World Cup, showing great promise in a couple of warm-up friendlies.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo nets stunning hat-trick as Portugal rescue point against Spain in thrilling clash
Ronaldo's late equaliser capped a storming encounter which came after a chaotic few days which saw Spain coach Julen Lopetegui sacked and Fernando Hierro appointed as his replacement.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Fernando Hierro-led Spain start tournament campaign against Portugal in much-awaited clash
Captain Sergio Ramos has attempted to quell talk of panic in the Spanish dressing room ahead of the FIFA World Cup, praising new coach Fernando Hierro.