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World Cup 2018

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Saturday June 23rd

Group G

Five-star Belgium

Belgium 5 Tunisia 2 (Moscow)
Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard scored 2 apiece as Belgium outclassed Tunisia 5-2 in Moscow. It took Belgium 5 minutes to open the scoring when Hazard rolled the ball in from the penalty spot past the stationary Ben Mustapha, and in the 16th minute Mertens passed the ball to Lukaku in space who found the corner of the net from the edge the box. Two minutes later, a free-kick from the left edge of the area was delivered by Khazri onto the head of Dylan Bronn who reduced the deficit for Tunisia, but Belgium went on the attack immediately after the goal and a Mertens side-footed volley was kept out by Ben Mustapha. Meunier played a through ball to Lukaku who dinked the keeper with the last kick of the half. Six minutes into the second-half, Hazard got on the end of a long ball and knocked it past the keeper to make it 4 for Belgium. Substitute Batshuayi rounded the keeper in the 76th minute but saw his effort cleared off the line, and 3 minutes later with the goal at his mercy he hit the underside of the bar from a few yard out, but having hit a powerful volley straight at the keeper from 6 yards out in the 81st minute he slid onto a cross in the 90th minute to steer the ball past the keeper for Belgium's fifth. Tunisia scored a consolation goal in the last minute of stoppage time when Khazri got enough on a cutback from Nagguez to see the ball creep past Courtois.

eden hazard
Hazard on course to score
Group F

Mexico win again

Mexico 2 South Korea 1 (Rostov-on-Don)

A 2-1 victory for Mexico over South Korea made it 2 wins out of 2 for the Mexicans. In the 22nd minute Son had 2 powerful shots blocked and Ki's header from the ensuing corner-kick was tipped over the bar, but 2 minutes later a sliding tackle in the box resulted in a handball and Carlos Vela sent Cho the wrong way from the spot. In the 58th minute Guardado got a shot in from just inside the box but Cho flew to his right to keep it out of the top corner and in the 66th minute Lozano ran into the Korean half and fed Javier Hernandez who left a defender on the floor to slot the ball past Cho. The South Koreans scored a consolation goal in stoppage time when Son Heung-Min cut in from the right and unleashed a screamer past the diving Occhoa, but it was too little too late for the Koreans.

xavier hernandez
Hernandz puts ball past Cho
Group F

Back from the dead

Germany 2 Sweden 1 (Sochi)

Germany came from behind to defeat Sweden deep into stoppage time and keep their hopes alive. Knowing that a defeat would see them eliminated, the Germans showed hunger from the start and peppered the Swedish goal, but in the 12th minute Berg ran on goal and was overpowered in the box, sparking unsuccessful claims for a penalty. Sweden took the lead in the 32nd minute when Ola Toivonen received the ball between 2 Germans and lifted it over the keeper. In the 39th minute Olsen saved from a deflected shot and kept out the follow up, but on the stroke of half-time it was Neuer who was brought into action when he saved from a Berg header. Three minutes into the second-half Germany drew level when Marco Reus knocked a ball from the left in with the side of his knee, but in the 82nd minute Germany were reduced to 10 men when Boateng was sent off for a second yellow. In the 88th minute Olsen made a point-blank save when he punched a header from Gomez over the bar and in stoppage time a piledriver from Brandt came off the post, but 5 minutes into added-on time, a free-kick from the left side of the box was curled brilliantly by Toni Kroos into the far top corner past the despairing Olsen for the German winner.

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Olsen beaten by Kroos late winner

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