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Belgium vs Panama, Highlights, FIFA World Cup 2018, Match 13 in Sochi: Romelu Lukaku's brace makes it 3-0

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Belgium vs Panama, Highlights, FIFA World Cup 2018, Match 13 in Sochi: Romelu Lukaku's brace makes it 3-0

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June 18, 2018 - 22:43 (IST)

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Thank you for following us as we brought you all the latest from Belgium's opener against Tunisia. England take on Tunisia in their opener which you can follow here. Vaarwel!

June 18, 2018 - 22:38 (IST)

Time for England to take the stage!

Here's how England and Tunisia lineup:

England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Henderson, Dele, Lingard, Young; Sterling, Kane

Tunisia: Hassen; Meriah, Syam Ben Youssef, Bronn, Maaloul; Skhiri, Badri, Sassi; Fakhereedine Ben Youssef, Khazri, Sliti

Watch Samindra Kunti, who is covering the World Cup for Firstpost in Russia, preview the match from Volgograd

June 18, 2018 - 22:38 (IST)

FT! Belgium beat Panama 3-0!

Belgium had to work hard for their 3-0 triumph over Panama, but tougher things await Roberto Martinez’s side. The scoreline is a correct reflection of Belgium’s abundance in riches in the attacking department and the manner in which they scored the goals promises of more flair in the upcoming fixtures, but they still need to work on their finesse. Ball progression through the central midfield and defensive awareness at all junctures are definitely the weaker traits of this Belgian side which they must improve upon. Panama should definitely be proud of their display tonight, the Central American nation showing glimpses of the zeal and resilience which helped them qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

June 18, 2018 - 22:31 (IST)

Stat attack!

Take a look at the stats from the match

June 18, 2018 - 22:29 (IST)

Peep peeep peeeep! Belgium get their campaign off on a winning note!

Romelu Lukaku's brace and a Dries Mertens goal gives Belgium a 3-0 win over debutants Panama in their opening Group G game! After a goalless first-half, Belgium turned on the style as Mertens put Belgium ahead in the 47th minute with a well-taken volley. Lukaku made it 2-0 with a header in the 69th minute before making it 3-0 at the end of a Belgium counter. Credit to Panama for the way they played especially in the first-half. 

June 18, 2018 - 22:24 (IST)

90+3` Belgium 1-0 Panama

There is a still bit of drama left in this game as Courtois was almost caught out of his goalline, only for the Belgian keeper to realize the referee had blown his whistle to facilitate treatment. Panama are finishing the game with a strong spell in spite of the scoreline.

June 18, 2018 - 22:23 (IST)

90` Belgium 3-0 Panama

Nacer Chadli replaces Axel Witsel.

June 18, 2018 - 22:21 (IST)

89` Belgium 3-0 Panama

Panama almost get a consolation goal but the offside flag was up. Belgian’s defence has switched off at an alarming propensity with every goal and such a trend could prove ominous against better sides. Panama’s meek firepower means Belgium haven’t been in any real danger today, yet Thibaut Courtois hasn’t had a quiet night by any means. Missing both Kompany and Vermalaen may have played a role in the disjointed nature of the Belgian backline, but Martinez needs to shore up his defence for Belgium to make a deep run into the tournament.

June 18, 2018 - 22:20 (IST)

88` Kevin De Bruyne does a Nigel De Jong

De Bruyne with a stamp on Tejada which would have made Nigel De Jong proud. Had to be a red card but like De Jong eight years ago, escapes with a yellow. 

June 18, 2018 - 22:14 (IST)

Romelu Lukaku's third World Cup goal

Preview: Belgium see far beyond Monday's World Cup opener against debutants Panama but need a solid win to settle nerves and rack up goal difference as a "golden generation" of club greats seek finally to deliver as a team.

Defensive injury concerns for veteran squad leader Vincent Kompany and Barcelona's Thomas Vermaelen have eased and coach Roberto Martinez has sent standby defender Laurent Ciman home.

Belgium vs Panama Highlights FIFA World Cup 2018 Match 13 in Sochi Romelu Lukakus brace makes it 30

Belgium's Eden Hazard and Panama's Roman Torres. AFP

In any case, they may be more needed for Tunisia and then England in Group G, than against Panama. Celtic's Dedryck Boyata may step in to give Kompany's groin more time to recover.

An unbeaten qualifying campaign under the Spaniard, brought in after quarter-final disappointment at Euro 2016, had Martinez bring the kind of man-management he used at Everton and Wigan Athletic to meld a core of Premier League talents around Kevin De Bruyne and Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard into an actual team.

Despite a fan revolt over his decision to leave out Roma's Radja Nainnggolan, Martinez has inspired 11 million Belgians to believe this team can outdo the squad who made the semi-finals in 1986.

"What we lacked at the Euros, Martinez wants to get," said Paris St Germain winger Thomas Meunier, whose performance in a confident warm-up campaign exemplified the selfless movement in attack and defence that many players say Martinez has brought.

For Hazard, who at 27 Martinez is comparing to Lionel Messi at his peak, the four years that have passed since a 1-0 quarter-final exit to Argentina at the last World Cup have seen the Belgians mature: "We have more experience than four years ago," Hazard said. "We've only one goal: get to the final."

For the likes of Manchester City skipper Kompany, now 32, "it's now or never" if Belgium are to go one better than their neighbourly rivals, twice-finalists the Dutch, and become by far the smallest nation since Uruguay in 1950 to lift the World Cup.

Panama on paper pose little threat in Sochi to a side likely to line up with three at the back and Hazard and Dries Mertens supporting Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku. Fail to win and it could be a "crisis", defender Toby Alderweireld admitted.

Narrowly qualifying for a first final under Colombian coach Hernan Dario Gomez, Panama were thumped 6-0 by Switzerland in their pre-tournament build-up while Belgium disposed of much more fancied Central Americans Costa Rica 4-0 last week before travelling.

For Gomez, his mostly US-based players just want to avoid embarrassment, "to not be the laughing stock of the World Cup.

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