World Cup

Belgium 3-0 Panama: Romelu Lukaku double sees off World Cup debutants

Two goals from Romelu Lukaku and a stunning volley from Dries Mertens saw Belgium win their opening World Cup game 3-0 against debutants Panama in Sochi on Monday.

After a goalless opening period which lacked clear-cut chances, it took Mertens just two minutes to open the scoring in the second half.

Manchester United striker Lukaku (69, 75) then netted twice in six minutes to seal an ultimately comfortable win for Roberto Martinez’s men, who top Group G ahead of England’s match with Tunisia.

Panama – who were playing their first World Cup game – did not offer too much in reply, and will face Gareth Southgate’s side in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday.





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