The Belgians put on yet another dominant display in the Belgium Vs Tunisia match thrashing Tunisia 5-2 to take control of Group G and book a place in the knock out stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup sending a warning that they can not be taken for granted.
This was one of the most entertaining games of this World Cup so far from start to end as Belgians stole the show in a 7 goal thriller outclassing The Eagles of Carthage.
— Live Soccer (@thelivesoccer_) June 23, 2018
Eden Hazard after being brought down in the early minutes of the Belgium Vs Tunisia game won a penalty and placed it in the bottom corner sending keeper the wrong way.
Eden Hazard has 10 goals+assists in 11 starts for Belgium in major tournaments (World Cup + Euro):
World class. ?? pic.twitter.com/fzwcQCcIBk
— Hazard Stuff (@HazardStuff_) June 23, 2018
Ten minutes later Romelu Lukaku scored his first of the Belgium Vs Tunisia game with a composed finish from the edge of the box but Tunisia who were having a dry spell at the moment brought themselves right back in the game scoring minutes later.
Lukaku’s game by numbers vs. Tunisia:
2 chances created
4 aerial duels won
5 touches in the penalty area
100% chance conversion
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) June 23, 2018
The game seemed to be over in the first half itself when Lukaku added his second and Belgium’s third in the injury time of the first half. But it did not stop the Belgians who netted two more in the second half, one by Hazard who was withdrawn soon after and Batshuayi grabbing a late goal after several missed opportunities before Khazri got another consolation goal for Tunisia in the second half stoppage time.
#WorldCup Group G :
— Ghetto Radio (@GhettoRadio895) June 23, 2018
The game saw Romelu Lukaku set the record for highest scorer in a single World Cup for Belgium and also the top scorer for his country at major tournaments. He also leads the golden boot race with 4 goals in 2 games level with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
Here are three things to take away from the Belgium Vs Tunisia game:
Belgium Issue Warning For Other Nations
After scoring 43 goals in the qualifying stages this would come as no surprise for many but the Belgian’s set the stage up for themselves to go further on and achieve something, something they have not done in the past. Roberto Martinez’s tactics were spot on from the very beginning as Belgium never looked to stop after learning from their opponent’s brave display against England.
Hazard’s vision of running into key areas was noteworthy as he scored a brace and was elected the Man of the Match of the Belgium Vs Tunisia game. Belgium now have 8 goals in their opening two matches and their front three trio are capable of ruining anyone’s day with their trickery and talent.
Belgium’s World Cup is all going to plan ✅?? pic.twitter.com/HuaXHRLG5S
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 23, 2018
“We try to keep the ball. We try to play attacking football. We have players who can make a difference. We’ll try to keep this going and improve ourselves as well because it wasn’t perfect. But five goals, we’re very happy.”
-Belgium Defender Toby Alderweireld
Carassco Finally Exposed?
Yannick Carrasco, who plays as an attacking winger has been deployed by Martinez as a wing back, something which could be of interest for any opposition including Southgate’s England, who face Belgium in their final group stage game.
Carrasco, not much of a defensive player found himself in trouble at times in the Belgium Vs Tunisia match and Tunisia’s late goal also came from the left flank. Hazard’s style of drifting into the penalty box offers little to no protection on the left flank and England will be ready to exploit their weakness. Martinez must reconsider his tactics when they face a real test on Thursday.
Ferreira-Carrasco's average position for a Left Wing Back is absolute madness.
Good starting point for England to exploit as Tunisia did for Khazri's goal.
Get Walker, Trippier, Lingard and whoever out of Rashford or Sterling starts, overloading Belgium's left hand side. pic.twitter.com/MNo9at3u54
— Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) June 23, 2018
Something To Take Away For Khazri
The Sunderland player who was on loan at Rennes couldn’t do much against The Three Lions due to lack of possession but made sure he didn’t stay quite against Belgium by scoring and assisting one and leading his side’s attack. The World Cup sets in the opportunity for players to shine and Khazri has surely caught the eye and will be on the radar of a few teams already.
'I would like to continue playing in England if I can'
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) June 23, 2018
“The reality is that we have qualified – you are only as good as the 23 players. There will be opportunities for others. We need to check the injury doubts Lukaku, Hazard and (Dries) Mertens.
“There will be major changes against England,”
-Belgium Coach Roberto Martinez