Hazard, Lukaku Goals Put Belgium in Control Against Tunisia

Belgium's Roberto Martinez

Lukaku and Eden Hazard both netted twice as the Red Devils routed Tunisia 5-2 to leave them top of Group G and on the verge of the last 16.

It is possibly the last chance to shine on the world stage for a "golden generation" of Belgian talent, including Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens.

Cursed by the "Golden Generation" tag for their last two global tournaments, Belgium have been seen as underachievers given the wealth of talent at their disposal.

Belgium's Jan Vertonghen, left, and Tunisia's Wahbi Khazri challenge for the ball.

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After also scoring twice in the opening 3-0 win against Panama, Manchester United's Lukaku showed clinical finishing with two first-half goals in Moscow, matching Ronaldo's tally in Russian Federation.

It was the second-earliest goal scored by a Belgium player at a World Cup after Leopold Anoul scored in the fifth minute in 1954.

Belgium go into the second half with a narrow 2-1 lead, despite dominating for large spells of the first 45 minutes.

It looks a simple task for Belgium on paper - but this World Cup isn't going to the script.

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Belgium coach Roberto Martinez revealed on Friday he has been keeping one eye on next week's blockbuster clash with England in the lead-up to the Red Devils' Group G match against Tunisia.

Thomas Meunier played the ball through the defense for Lukaku to beat the offside trap and flick the ball over goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha.

A point from Belgium's last game against England on Thursday in Kaliningrad will ensure a place in the round of 16.

Belgium, ranked third in the world, reached the quarter-finals of Brazil 2014 and are aiming to match their previous best of reaching the semi-finals at Mexico 1986.

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And there was a moment in the first-half from Lukaku that really got fans talking, with the likes of Piers Morgan and rugby referee Nigel Owens all praising the Belgian striker.

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