Two each for Lukaku and Hazard as Belgium crush Tunisia 5-2

Sherman Parsons
June 28, 2018

"But if you want to have that winning feeling, it's best to keep winning", he said.

"It's different. If we'd been facing each other to qualify for the World Cup knock-out phase it would have been a lot more emotional", the Spaniard said.

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne is one of three players who are one yellow card away from missing the last 16 match, whilst Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and Vincent Kompany are all doubts with minor injuries. This squad is largely that squad, matured through two quarter-final appearances in Brazil and at Euro 2016, where they were surprisingly duped by Wales. Belgians have learnt the harsh reality: playing well for a club isn't necessarily a transitive property.

Disappointments at past major tournaments have been marked by recriminations that reflect both a super-abundance of talent - with egos to match - and longstanding divisions between Belgium's French and Dutch-speaking halves.

So should Lukaku in the build-up or save his strength for the rival penalty area? Far too often reductively described in terms of pace and power, Lukaku has shown a deftness of touch in group games against Panama and Tunisia, coming up with expertly dinked finishes.

Not to worry, seconds later he had his second as Simon Mignolet pushed a delightful through ball and the big man made it 3-1 at the break.

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Veteran striker Javier Hernandez doubled the lead when he scored after the main break, notching his 50th goal for Mexico in 104 internationals.

After some criticism of his work-rate in the first game against Panama, not least from Hazard, Lukaku was superb at the Spartak Stadium and his manager was impressed.

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Lukaku of course. Manchester United's no. 9 bagged his second straight brace to go level with Cristiano Ronaldo on four goals as leaders of the golden boot race.

Before that, a Kroos error had led to Ola Toivonen giving Sweden a 32nd-minute lead and even a Marco Reus equaliser early in the second half appeared to be only a temporary stay of execution for Joachim Loew's men.But the rescue act from Kroos, who had endured another hard night in the German midfield, is a huge lift to a side who saw Jerome Boateng sent off late in the game. Obviously know he's working with Thierry Henry and he's learning from him.

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