Five-goal Belgium say stand by for more

by Steven Clarke June 28, 2018, 7:06
Five-goal Belgium say stand by for more

Ranked third in the world behind defending champion Germany and Brazil, the Red Devils have become a chic choice to join the exclusive club of World Cup winners: Brazil (five), Germany and Italy (four), Argentina and Uruguay (two), and England, France and Spain (one).

During the week Hazzard revealed he has criticized Lukaku for his first half display against Panama in Belgium's opening group game.

His first was a drilled left-footed finish from just inside the area to double Belgium's advantage after Eden Hazard's penalty before claiming his second with a cool, clipped finish on the stroke of half-time.

Belgium face England in their final Group F match on Thursday.

"Anyone could play. If that's the case, they need to be ready, to be ambassadors of our game in Belgium".

Buoyed by their impressive performance and last minute victor against Tunisia on Monday the Three Lions produced a breathtaking first half display that saw John Stones score two headers, Harry Kane blast home a brace of penalties, and Jesse Lingard sore a stunning goal from outside of the area.

"We knew that if we scored early, the game would be easy", Hazard said.

"All the players play for big teams and there will be a lot of expectation back home. There are very many things that we need to work on", Martinez said.

But Belgians are wary, having started tournaments strongly before only to fail, as they did at the last World Cup and at Euro 2016, in the quarter-finals. I think it's good to play such a strong team at this stage of the tournament.

These thoughts were echoed by Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen. "He's in good form and I hope he'll score more goals". Hazard came off nine minutes later with a calf problem, and forward Dries Mertens came out in the 86th after an ankle issue.

However, Courtois says it is important to continue building momentum throughout a tournament, while adding that the fact numerous Belgium players are facing their Premier League team-mates adds extra incentive.

"(It) probably gives you an advantage psychologically if you've won it before or if you've got a direction from someone, a generation, that has won it before in your nation", he said.

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