Russian Federation 2018: Lukaku nets twice as Belgium crush Panama

Tunisia- England opponents Tunisia raise the prospect of an upset at 2018 World Cup thanks to recruitment drive

Yohan Benalouane says Tunisia are not content just to take part in the tournament Credit Getty Images

The Panamanians are making their first World Cup appearance.

- Panama, a country of four million living around the Canal which links the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, has never before qualified for the World Cup finals; people have always been more interested in baseball.

Belgium hopes to repeat or indeed surpass this exploit in Russian Federation.

Martinez fronted the media before Courtois and the Belgium boss refused to dismiss the challenge of newcomers Panama.

"We are a team that is very organized, we play tactically", Gomez said. We can certainly speak of a "golden generation". Cycling Legends such as Eddy Merckx are well known in Qatar, as he was involved in the organization of the Tour of Qatar and the World Cycling championships in 2016 in Doha. But England was the brighter team in this game and deserved the three points.

Sweden is back at the World Cup for the first time since 2006, and its most famous player, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, retired from global competition after the European Championship. They're full of enthusiasm and so are we.

"I was very happy with the commitment of every single player", he said.

There are a greater number of balanced groups in this World Cup than at any time in recent history, mainly because Federation Internationale de Football Association shifted away from dividing draw pots by continent at the December draw and used the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings instead.

People are dressing up in Red Devils outfits, including caps, tridents and the emblematic Fellaini haircut wig.




Gomez stated his players will line up in a 4-1-4-1 formation, with 37-year-old striker Blas Perez, the country's joint leading goalscorer with 43, leading the line.

Goosebumps. Panama's national anthem was pure class.

Romelu Lukaku may be the biggest goal threat in this Belgian team, but Eden Hazard is the most exciting.

Similarly, Romelu Lukaku was Belgium's top scorer in the qualifiers with 11 goals in the campaign and he also has 13 goals in his last 10 games for Roberto Martinez's side.

Perhaps the greatest concern for Belgium is in defence. These characteristics translate into our diplomacy, which is multilateral to the core.

They have played four European sides in friendlies to prepare for Belgium and England, conceding eight and failing to score in the process.

If Germany finish as Group F runners-up, they could face Brazil in a clash of World Cup titans in the next round. We have the quality to go far and we believe in ourselves.

This match will take place in Nizhny Novgorod and there are reports that less than 2,000 fans have travelled from South Korea to Russian Federation, while more than 30,000 Swedish fans have travelled to the tournament.

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