Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Lukaku and Hazard lead Belgian blitz of Tunisia

Lukaku and Hazard lead Belgian blitz of Tunisia

Romelu Lukaku drew level with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the World Cup goalscoring charts on Saturday, scoring twice as Belgium moved to the brink of the last 16 after a 5-2 romp against Tunisia.

The Chelsea star sprinted onto De Bruyne's lofted pass, held off two defenders, rounded keeper Ben Mustapha and tapped home Belgium's fourth goal in the 51st minute.

Syam Ben Youssef needlessly crashed into Hazard to give away a sixth-minute penalty, which he calmly converted.

Khazri and Dylan Broon scored for Tunisia but it was not enough as they were eliminated from the tournament.

Defeat for Tunisia leaves them all-but-out of the tournament, needing Panama to defeat England on Sunday to maintain even the smallest shred of hope of reaching the knockout rounds.

Toby Alderweireld's long pass from defence was taken on the chest by Hazard, who then rounded Mustapha to stroke into an empty net.

Against England on Thursday, Belgium will be favoured to advance as the winners of Group H.

Hazard left the game in the 68th minute, with Germany's Andre Schurrle and Toni Kroos, who did so in the 7-1 victory over Brazil in the semifinals in 2014, the last two players to score two goals each in a World Cup game.

Tunisia, also without a point after two matches, having extended their 40-year World Cup winless run to 13 games, are also still in with a theoretical chance of making it on through three points.

Four minutes later, he hit the crossbar after Carrasco's drive - though he would have been ruled offside - and just after that, he sent his drive directly into the goalkeeper's chest.

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