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Russia 2018: Belgium send Tunisia packing after 5-2 thrashing

By Mutala Yakubu
Belgium beat Tunisia 5-2 in Russia 2018
Belgium beat Tunisia 5-2 in Russia 2018

Belgium beat Tunisia 5-2 to automatically eliminate the North Africans from the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Both sides needed the three points as Belgium wanted to secure an easy qualification and Tunisia wanted to win and still have a chance of making it to the next round.

From the onset Belgium, their intentions clear after Tunisian defender Ben Yousseff made a rough challenge on Eden Hazard which resulted in a penalty.

The Chelsea forward stepped forward and made it 1-0 to Belgium in the 6th minute.

A second goal came in the 16th minute after Dries Mertens played a long ball to Lukaku who drifted inside and unleashed a screamer to make it 2-0 for Belgium.

Tunisia, however, responded immediately after Bronn connected to head home a free kick from Khazri.

Belgium came out strong again and scored on the stroke of half-time as Lukaku calmly lifted the ball over the onrushing Tunisian goalkeeper.

In the second half, Belgium started from where they left off as Hazard scored a brilliant solo goal in the 51st minute to make it 4-1.

Substitute Michy Batshuayi was not left out of the party as he got his name on the scoresheet to make it 5-1 for Belgium.

Tunisia had the final say as Wahbi Khazri hit a precise pass inside the box to end the game at 5-2.

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Tunisia having lost their first two games are out of the tournament.

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