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    World Cup 2018: Tunisia near elimination after thumping defeat to Belgium

    Tunisia could soon become the third African team to be eliminated in the 2018 world cup following a huge 5-2 defeat to Belgium.

    Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both scored twice as Belgium strengthened their lead above England at the top of Group G by crushing Tunisia with a devastating attacking display.

    Belgium attacked from the off and needed only five minutes to take the lead, when Hazard was barged over by Syam Ben Youssef just inside the box and got up to send Tunisia keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha the wrong way from the spot.
    Things quickly got worse for Tunisia when Ali Maaloul's heavy touch on the halfway line allowed Dries Mertens to nip in and release Lukaku, who found a perfect low finish.

    The North African side, needing a win to reignite their own hopes of progress, gave themselves hope when Dylan Bronn got on the end of Wahbi Khazri's whipped free-kick just 109 seconds later.

    But they could not compete with Belgium's vastly superior firepower and Lukaku gave the Red Devils breathing space once more with a dinked finish from a Thomas Meunier pass just before half-time.

    Hazard added his second goal soon after the break, racing on to a precise Toby Alderweireld pass and rounding the keeper to fire home.
    That made sure of the points, but Belgium were not finished yet.

    Substitute Michy Batshuayi, who also had a shot cleared off the line and hit the bar twice from close range, finally found the target from Youri Tielemans' cross.

    Tunisia did manage a late consolation, when Khazri swept home Hamdi Nagguez's cross but, unless Panama beat England on Sunday, they will become the third African team to be eliminated, leaving Nigeria and Senegal to carry their continent's hopes in this competition.

    Lukaku now has four goals at this World Cup, putting him level with Cristiano Ronaldo at the front of the race for the Golden Boot.

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