Eden Hazard accuses Belgium team-mate Romelu Lukaku of 'hiding' in Panama win


The first-half was a boring affair, with Belgium's star-studded side failing to click.

As was displayed with emphatic evidence against Egypt and Costa Rica prior to the start of the tournament, Belgium's attacking juggernaut is in rampant form and the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens will surely be desperate to kickstart their goal-scoring campaigns in Russian Federation against a Panama side who will struggle to contain the quality of Roberto Martinez's attacking stars. The Panamanians scored just nine in 10 qualifiers, and they arrived in Russian Federation after scoring just one goal in their last five matches.

Gianluigi Buffon isn't at the World Cup this summer thanks to Italy's disastrous run in the lead up to this summer's tournament but worry no more, we have an alternative. If England defeat Tunisia and Panama, the result against Belgium probably won't stop them progressing to the Round of 16.

Romelu Lukaku scored two goals in a six-minute span and Dries Mertens put in another Monday to give Belgium a 3-0 win over Panama at the World Cup.

Romelu Lukaku found the net three times over those two matches, whilst fellow attacking stars Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens were also among the goals.

Belgium gathered some storming momentum over the course of their two pre-tournament friendly matches prior to heading out to Russian Federation. The lineups of both the teams will be announced much before the match starts.

Lukaku - so quiet in the first half - sprang to life.

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Panama starting XI: Penedo, Murillo, Escobar, R Torres, Davis, Gomez, Godoy, Cooper, J Rodriguez, Barcenas, Perez.

"Getting the first win is always a special moment", Martinez said.

Eden Hazard was continually chopped at by Panama's aggressive defence and was a regular recipient of fouls. The 3-4-3 still remains a defensive approach though, and while it helps Martinez to include the likes of Carrasco in the team, it might still be hampering the team's attacking capabilities. Kevin De Bruyne partnered Alex Witsel in central midfield, while Yannick Carrasco and Thomas Meunier occupied the left and right wings respectively.

"My criticism of Romelu Lukaku is I don't think he is a very clean finisher, which I think you need at the top-end of the game", he said.

Panama, meanwhile, acknowledged that the difference in class had told.

The Belgians showcased an array of clever set-pieces and will be happy with their performance against a physical Panama side ahead of games against Tunisia and England, who meet in Volgograd later on Monday. His conservative approach is keeping in mind the potential of Belgium's attackers. In the second half, it was down to finding some composure in front of goal.