Romelu Lukaku stars as Belgium beat Panama

Paola Ditto
Giugno 19, 2018

Lukaku scored twice in a six-minute span in the second half after Mertens' perfectly struck volley gave Belgium the lead, and the Red Devils beat overmatched Panama 3-0 Monday.

Lukaku had struggled to get into the game before his first goal - as had Kevin De Bruyne before that terrific assist - but his very presence means that he is a constant danger to opposition defences. Hazard found De Bruyne, and his sumptuous cross with the outside of the right boot was headed in by Lukaku.

Dries Mertens celebrates after opening the scoring for Belgium with a superb volley from the edge of the box in their 3-0 victory over Panama. That included a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Switzerland and a 1-0 reverse in Norway 10 days ago. Panama is repeatedly conceding corners.

Belgium starting XI: Courtois, Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen, Meunier, Witsel, De Bruyne, Carrasco, Mertens, E. Hazard, R. Lukaku. Adolfo Machado will likely line up at right back for Panama and must be disciplined and tuck in to support his central partners to ensure that his side do not fall victim to Hazard's old tricks.

Belgium will have a point to prove this time and show this team has finally come of age to win a major tournament and put their doubters in place big time. They have impressed in their pre-tournament friendlies and have a number of world-class players at the peak of their powers. "Our way of playing depends a lot on our attitude and I really liked the attitude and commitment of my team in a game where you have nothing to win".

A Belgium team packed with players familiar to Premier League fans begin their World Cup campaign against Panama today in Group G.

The goal got Belgium on the way and they ended up winning comfortably thanks to two subsequent Romelu Lukaku goals.

This would be Panama's first ever World Cup appearance.

Do you think Belgium have a chance at the World Cup this summer? "You have to be aware that in any game you go into, if you don't score early on, you have to be prepared to work hard and go through periods in which you are tested", Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 Belgium vs Panama match will be played at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia. A state-of-the-art facility, it was built for the 2014 Winter Olympics and hosted its opening and closing ceremonies.

When Panama sealed qualification for the World Cup for the first time a national holiday was announced. The lineups of both the teams will be announced much before the match starts.

If you have cable or satellite then use the Fox Sports Go website or mobile app to login with your provider's credentials and access the Fox live stream for Belgium vs Panama.

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