Five-star Belgium put themselves among World Cup favourites

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez

Belgium has all but assured itself a spot in the World Cup round of 16 after pounding Tunisia 5-2 on Saturday in its second group stage match.

Hazard scored the opener on a sixth-minute penalty, converting after he was taken down just inside the right of the area by Syam Ben Youssef.

The second round of group games have served up some real treats, with Belgium and Tunisia involved in a real entertaining clash in Moscow.

ON the eve of Belgium's first game at this World Cup, Romelu Lukaku told the world his story.

Lukaku joined Cristiano Ronaldo on the top of the goal-scorers list at this World Cup and on this form he might end up winning the Golden Boot.

The win gives the Red Devils six points in the group, and it's almost impossible to see how they don't make it to the group stage now.

Any striker, especially after the introduction of the VAR, would have looked forward to having the challenge reviewed but Lukaku being a sport made a decision to not waste his and his team's time.

After receiving two goals in the net from Belgium Tunisia scored one against Belgium.

Belgium are unbeaten in their three previous World Cup games against African opponents, with a draw against Tunisia in 2002 the only game they failed to win.

Michy Batshuayi, on loan at Dortmund from Chelsea, added the fifth in the game's dying minutes, only for Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri to claim a consolation goal in added time. Then Romelu Lukaku doubled the lead 10 minutes later.

Though Belgium is a long way from a first World Cup title, it is has looked like the most complete attacking force in Russian Federation.

Nabil Maaloul's Carthage Eagles had pegged back Belgium after Lukaku's first goal of the brace, but lost their footing as the in-form Manchester United striker easily side-footed his team's third goal on the stroke of halftime and his fourth at this tournament.

Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens and Eden Hazard again lead the attack in an unchanged Belgium lineup for the World Cup game against Tunisia.

Belgium defender Thomas Meunier had spoken ahead of the match that his side should go for the throat against Tunisia and that is exactly what they did.

And Belgium, who wrap up Group G against England on Thursday, may confront fitness concerns with Lukaku, who had his right ankle worked on in the first half before coming off in the 59th minute with the result no longer in question.

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.

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