23 June 2018

Tunisia: Belgium Erases Tunisia's World Cup Dream

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Belgium and Tunisia team captains toss the coin before their match at World Cup 2018.

Johannesburg — The two giants met for the second time at the World Cup after 16 years following their 2001 1-1 draw in Korea.

A star-studded Belgium took on Tunisia's Carthage Eagles, one of Africa's representatives at the international soccer tournament in Russia. Tunisia knew only a positive result would keep the hopes of over 15 000 traveling supporters alive and were looking to bounce back after a discouraging loss against England in their opening match.

The Belgian Red Devils on the other hand were aware that a win would definitely send them through to the knockout stages.

It took just 6 minutes for Belgium's Eden Hazard to put the Red Devils ahead, followed by a powerful left footer from Romelu Lukaku. It took a very sleek Lukaku 15 minutes to net the second goal for the Red Devils, his 6th goal at the in his forth appearance at the international tournament.

It was an open game that had every soccer lover at the edge of their seat, and it was now an uphill battle for Tunisia, who failed to break through Belgium's defence to score an equaliser.

The Tunisians needed just a few more minutes to respond and a header by Dylan Bronn brought them back to business, 17 minutes into the game. Belgium was now invigorated by their opponent's first goal, and their defence was now tight.

Just before half time Lukaku shredded Tunisia's hopes of winning the Group G matches as he scored Belgium's 3rd goal.

In the second half, Belgium appeared to be sitting pretty at 3 goals. Hazard scored again, it was now 4 -1...a few minutes into the half.

More than another 25 minutes with no goal from either side, it was theoretically possible for the Carthage Eagles to redeem themselves but it was impossible for them to equalise.

Michy Batshuayi surprisingly scored Belgium's 5th goal 89 minutes into the game.

It didn't end there, Tunisia's Wahbi Khazri scored Tunisia's 2nd goal in the second minute of the 3 additional minutes.

...and the road ends here for the Carthage Eagles.

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