Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Belgium Player Ratings: How did Lukaku, Hazard and co perform against Panama?

Belgium Player Ratings: How did Lukaku, Hazard and co perform against Panama?

- Belgium are now unbeaten in their last 10 World Cup group games (W5 D5 L0), winning each of their last five.

"Vinny has evolved better than we thought". England's players will need no introduction to the majority of this Belgium squad and will be well aware of what Chelsea ace Hazard can do one his day.

But which players will Martinez be most pleased with after the win tonight? Known for swift and relentless attacking football, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has top-quality talent at his disposal with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Michy Batshuayi, Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois - an intimidating and awe-inspiring line up for many.

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As Belgium, he said, we are very proud of the team that is a flawless example of the Belgian multicultural society.

Tunisia aren't as weak as Panama, but are still ranked 51st in the world and without a win at the World Cup since 1978, England should be flexing their muscles in Volgograd.

After a scoreless first half, Belgium opened up the match to beat World Cup debutants Panama 3-0 on Monday.

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Panama made a nervy start to their World Cup bow with Yannick Carrasco and Mertens forcing early saves from goalkeeper Jaime Penedo. "I know that from where he is today he is watching us and his energy will lift us".

He added: "We are dreaming as big as we can, but the important thing is to return to our country after the World Cup feeling proud of our job". This is Tunisia's first World Cup match in 12 years but it is still a storied team. "I hope we get lucky in that respect".

He had planned to bring Kalinic, who played for AC Milan on loan from Fiorentina last season, on as a substitute in that game but the player declined. The victory moves the Swedes into a tie atop the group standings with Mexico, which upset defending champions Germany 1-0 on Sunday. As for Kane, he will be looking to take his 41-goal season form into the World Cup, and with eight goals in his last seven games for England, don't bet against him find the net against Tunisia.

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Mexico would hold on to win the match 1-0, sending them to the top of Group F ahead of matches against Sweden and South Korea. Switzerland faced off against the number two ranked Brazil, . who've won a staggering five World Cups in their history.


Veteran Swedish skipper Andreas Granqvist scored the only goal of the game from the spot after Viktor Claesson was upended by South Korean substitute Kim Min-woo midway through the second half. While he and his teams suffered group stage exits in those competitions, they were only narrowly undone and, as he showed on Monday, his Panama team will be well-organised and determined in defence.

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