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Lukaku double fires Belgium to victory

Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku scored twice and was named the official Man of the Match in his first game of the 2018 World Cup, as he helped Belgium to a comfortable 3-0 win over Panama in Sochi.

Lukaku stooped to head home a Kevin De Bruyne cross in the 69th minute to give the Red Devils a 2-0 lead, after Napoli’s Dries Mertens had opened the scoring with a sensational volley two minutes after the half-time interval.
United’s no.9 had to wait just six minutes to double his tally, rushing on to an Eden Hazard pass to lift home his second goal, and Belgium’s third.
Panama, competing at the first World Cup in their country’s history, had fought bravely to keep the game goalless during the first period, despite long periods of possession for Lukaku and his colleagues, but, after the break, the floodgates opened and the Europeans made their domination count.
Romelu Lukaku

Rom lifts the ball over the Panama goalkeeper to bag his second and make the game safe for Belgium.

The result took Belgium top of Group G, ahead of England’s match against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday evening.

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Lukaku’s club colleague, Marouane Fellaini, was an unused substitute for Roberto Martinez’s men, but the United midfielder could feature on Saturday when Belgium continue their campaign against Tunisia in Moscow.

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