The Red Devils from Belgium beat debutants Panama 3-0 on Monday in their FIFA World Cup Group G preliminary round football (soccer) match at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi.
Dries Mertens opened the scoring for Belgium with a superb volley in the 47th minute. Romelu Lukaku brace in the 69th and 75th minute increased Belgians’ advantage.
After a frustrating first half, Dries Mertens unlocked the game with a quite brilliant shot. Kevin de Bruyne then took his turn with a very skilful assist for Romelu Lukaku, while Eden Hazard and Lukaku combined well for the third goal.
Panama had been attempting to go on the attack with the introduction of Gabriel Torres and Ismael Diaz, but Belgium and Lukaku have punished ruthlessly the gaps left in Panama defence.
Lukaku is within a goal of catching Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the World Cup scoring chart.
The Red Devils have been touted as potential dark horses in this world cup.
The gauntlet has been laid down to England and Tunisia who will be playing later today. Can the Three Lions keep pace with Belgium at the top of Group G, or will the Eagles of Carthage spring a surprise?
A total of 32 national football teams are participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, held in 11 cities across Russia between June 14 and July 15.
The teams were divided into eight groups, with four in each, and the top two from their relevant groups will proceed to the next round, known as the playoffs or the knockout stage, to keep vying for the much-coveted FIFA World Cup Trophy.
Russia is holding its first time ever edition of the FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of June 14. The World Cup is being held at 12 arenas across 11 cities with the final set to be played at Luzhniki on July 15. The 11 host cities are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.