Russia 2018: Belgium ease past Panama

By Mutala Yakubu
Belgium beat Panama 3-0 in Russia 2018
Belgium beat Panama 3-0 in Russia 2018

Belguim comfortably beat Panama 3-0 in their opening Group G game at Russia 2018.

Panama made life very difficult for Belgium in the opening exchanges and managed to hold Belgium to a 0-0 first half.

It was in the second half that Belgium showed their superiority.

In the 48th minute, Belgium had a corner and the ball was floated into the penalty area and only half-cleared.

Napoli forward Dres Merten who was standing on the edge of the Panama box sent a stunning volley into the net to make it 1-0 to Belgium.

Then the Lukaku party started, he had the fewest touches among all the Belgium players in the first half but made no mistake as he headed home a perfect pass from De Bryune in the 69th minute to make it 2-0 to Belgium.

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He then got his second and Belgium's third in the 75th minute as he latched unto a through pass from Hazard and he dinked the ball over the onrushing Panama goalkeeper.

Belgium surged forward for more goals but had to settle on a 3-0 scoreline.

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