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World Cup • Group G
  • 2nd Half
  • Belgium
  • Tunisia
  • Khazri
    90'
  • Batshuayi
    90'
  • MertensTielemans
    86'
  • HazardBatshuayi
    68'
  • SassiSliti
    59'
  • LukakuFellaini
    59'
  • Hazard
    51'
  • 1st Half
  • Belgium
  • Tunisia
  • Lukaku
    45'
  • Ben YoussefBenalouane
    41'
  • BronnNagguez
    24'
  • Bronn
    18'
  • Lukaku
    16'
  • Sassi
    14'
  • Hazard (P)
    6'
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Belgium - Tunisia
World Cup - 23 June 2018

World Cup – Follow the Football match between Belgium and Tunisia live with Eurosport. The match starts at 13:00 on 23 June 2018. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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90+3'

IT'S ALL OVER!

A dominant performance from Belgium, which sees them into the knockout rounds. Tunisia are eliminated, but will take solace from the space they found in the final third and their consolation goals.

90+3' 

GOAL!

Tunisia get a consolation! Nagguez breaks into the box on the right and finds Khazri, whose first-time shot creeps past Courtois!

90+2' 

CHANCE!

Batshuayi breaks away, beats his man and shoots wide from the edge of the box! Tielemans was to his right, completely unmarked!

90' 

GOAL!

Batshuayi finally gets his goal! Tielemans plays a delightful cross from the left to the back post, where the Dortmund man is waiting to slot in a half-volley!

89' 

Tielemans' outswinging corner is cleared away. The players are going through the motions now.

88' 

With this victory, Belgium will move to the knockout rounds and Tunisia are eliminated.

England will need only a draw with Panama to progress.

87'

Benalouane tries to connect with a long ball forward but the flag goes up.

86'

SUB: Mertens is replaced by Tielemans.

81'

Another chance for Batshuayi!

De Bruyne crosses from the left and the Dortmund forward blasta a shot into the 'keeper's gloves!

80'

CHANCE!

Mertens shoots from 15 yards and the 'keeper spills his shot into Batshuayi's path - his rebound smacks against the bar!

78' 

Khaoui limps off the field, but Tunisia have already used their subs. He meekly limps back on.

The relative lack of fitness is starting to show in the African side.

76' 

CHANCE!

Batshuayi breaks past the Tunisian back line from a Mertens through-ball, only to see Meriah save his shot saved on the line!

73'

Vertonghen and Sliti clash heads and receive treatment.

69' 

Carrasco breaks and it's three-on-three! He threads a ball through for Mertens, but the 'keeper comes to collect.

68'

SUB: Hazard makes way for Batshuayi.

67' 

Michy Batshuayi is warming up.

60' 

Lukaku looked to be caerrying something on the right ankle he had treated in the first half. A wise move to pull him at this point.

59'

SUB: Lukaku makes way for Fellaini, while Sassi comes off for Sliti.

57' 

Carrasco finds acres of space on the left to swing in a cross, which is deflected for a corner. Both sides are finding space in their relative final thirds.

56' 

Sassi sends an ambitious looping shot toards goal from 25 yards. It doesn't worry Courtois.

53' 

Benalouane was always going to be beaten for pace by Hazard in a footrace. The brilliant long ball, by the way, came from De Bruyne.

51'

GOAL!

A long ball comes forward for Hazard, who gets ahead of the last defender and dinks the ball past the 'keeper to slot into an empty net!

50'

CHANCE!

Tunisia find more space down the left and a cross comes in for Khazri. He stretches and nearly connects, but the flag is up anyway.

49' 

Tunisia attack down the left channel, and find Khazri on the edge of the box. His through-ball to Badri has too much on it.

Nice idea, though.

46'

THE SECOND HALF IS UNDERWAY!

Tunisia get the ball rolling!

45+4'

HALF TIME

What a thrilling, high-paced first half! Belgium deservedly have the lead, but Tunisia have threatened throughout.

45+3'

GOAL!

Meunier picks up a loose Tunisian pass, darts to the edge of the D and plays a wonderful ball through to Lukaku to slice the Tunisia defence in half. Lukaku makes no mistake to slot home!

45+3' 

CHANCE!

Hazard breaks at speed and picks out De Bruyne completely unamrked on the right. He slides the ball into Lukaku's path in front of goal but the striker can't make a connection.

A golkden chance to go three up there!

45+1' 

We're into four minutes of stoppage time, which doesn't seem like much when two players have been stretchered off.

43' 

Khazri takes a short corner, which Khaoui whips strsight into Courtois' gloves.

41'

Centre-back Syam Ben Youssef is stretchered off, forcing another substitution out of the Tunisians. Yohan Benalouane comes on.

39' 

CHANCE!

Ben Youssef gathers a high ball on the edge of the box, controls it on his chest and volleys into the stands.

37'

Khazri picks up a knock and receives treatment, but shakes it off. He goes to the sideline but will rejoin play shortly.

35' 

Tunisia break three-on-three, but Khazri's through-ball has too much heat on it. Goal kick.

Tunisia are managing to find plenty of space in the final third.

34' 

Lukaku comes back onto the field.

33' 

CHANCE!

Khazri has a poke from distance but Courtois gets two hands on the rising shot comfortably.

32'

Lukaku is on the sidelines getting some treatment on his right ankle.

32' 

CHANCE!

A Tunisian cross ceoms in from the right, which Witsel puts into the path of Sassi on the edge of the box. He has time to compose himself, but drags his shot wide. He is understandably frustrated.

30'

We should have seen this start coming: when these two sides met at the 2002 World Cup, both goals of the 1-1 draw were scored within the first 17 minutes.

28' 

Mertens is unamrked on the right side of the box and swings in a cross for an incoming Lukaku, but the 'keeper intercepts.

Belgium are seizing on sloppiness at the back from Tunisia.

27' 

Lukaku breaks into the box but takes a heavy first touch and forces the ball out of play when Mustapha comes to collect.

26'

Take a breather with a stat...

24'

Hamdi Nagguez is coming on for Bronn, having not had any time to warm up. It's a like-for-like substitution at right-back.

23' 

Bronn leaves the field on a stretcher. Not the ending he would have wanted to this one.

22'

A stretcher comes out for goalscorer Bronn. It looked like he may have tweaked his knee while defending a Carrasco advance.

22' 

Alderweireld intercepts a pass and has a low poke from the edge of the box, which rolls wide of the left post.

21' 

It's mile-a-minute action in Moscow right now. What a start to this game!

20' 

CHANCE!

Mertens meets a cross with a spectacular volley - like his effort in the opening game! This time, Mustapha makes a great save!

19' 

There's plenty of action in this game! Tunisia are by no means out of this one.

18'

GOAL!

Tunisia respond straight away! Khazri's free kick from the left edge of the area is headed past Courtois by Dylan Bronn!

17'

GOAL!

Belgium break when Mertens siezes a loose Tunisian pass on the half-way line. He feeds Lukaku on the edge of the box and the Manchester United striker hits a first-time shot low into the right corner!

15' 

Carrasco cuts onto his right boot and has a shot from the edge of the box, but it's easily saved.

15'

Vertonghen catches Khazri in the face as he comes into the box, but the referee gives nothing. Sassi is booked for complaining.

13' 

CHANCE!

Hazard runs across three defenders in the box to meet a Lukaku cross from the right, but he doesn't quite connect and the shot if soft!

12' 

A lot of Belgium's attacking play is coming down the left channel, where Carrasco is hugging the touchline.

A strong start from the Red Devils.

10'

Khaoui is injured on the floor after clattering into Hazard.

7' 

There can be few questions about the penalty - Ben Youssef's tackle was clumsy. Presumably, the VAR debate concerned the position of the foul, as it happened on the right edge of the box.

6'

GOAL!

Hazard places his spot kick low to the goalkeeper's right side.

The stadium erupts!

6' 

Penalty given!

4' 

PENALTY!

Hazard runs down the right edge of the box and is talken down by Ben Youssef. VAR is verifying it...

3' 

CHANCE!

Lukaku latches onto a long ball at break-neck pace and forces the Tunisian 'keeper to cone out of his box to meet the ball.

Plenty of early Belgian pressure here.

2' 

De Bruyne's free kick is... not good. It gently flies into the goalkeepers' gloves.

1' 

Hazard wins a free kick around 30 yards from goal. The Belgians start with intent!

1'

AND WE'RE OFF!

MLS referee Jair Marrufo pips his whistle and Ronelu Lukaku takes the first touch.

12.55 

Five minutes until kick-off and the players have made their way onto the field, to the traditional FIFA World Cup anthem, Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes.

The weather looks beautiful in Moscow, with shade being cast over half the pitch by the stands at Spartak's 45,000-capacity Otkritie Arena.

12.50

Belgium may be favourites, but don't expect them to come out of the blocks swinging: they have failed to score a first-half goal in each of their last seven World Cup outings, dating back to a 3-2 win over Russia in 2002.

12.45 

Belgium certainly aren't short of options on the bench:

Mignolet, Casteels, Vermaelen, Kompany, Fellaini, T. Hazard, Tielemans, Januzaj, Dembélé, Batshuayi, Chadli, Dendoncker.

Thus far, the Red Devils' Golden Generation have failed to light up the major tournament stage. However, with most of the favourites enduring a slow start, could this be their time to shine?

Plenty of bookies have them at fourth favourites right now, behind Brazil, Spain and Germany.

12.40

Tunisia have had the second fewest attempts on goal in the tournament so far, with six against England. (Only South Korea managed fewer in their uninspiring bout with Sweden.)

Belgium had 15 attempts in their opener.

12.35 

IMPORTANT FASHION NEWS: Belgium will be giving their Argyle golf shirts a rest today, instead wearing their natty yellow away kit.

It will be the first time Belgium have worn yellow at a major tournament. Cue up the Coldplay song...

12.30

Belgium are looking to extend a 20-game unbeaten streak today. They have only failed to score in one of those games: the World Cup warm-up against Portugal.

Tunisia, meanwhile, have lost two of their last 11 games, but are winless in their last four outings.

12.25 

Bobby Maertinez has taklen an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach to his XI, choosing to start the same team that put three unanswered goals past Panama.

Tunisia make two changes, with Ben Mustaph coming in between the sticks and Lille forward Naim Sliti replaces midfielder Saif-Eddine Kahoui - which suggests a more attacking approach.

12.20 

In case you were wondering, England fans should probably be rooting for a Belgium win today. That would mean that a draw against Panama tomorrow would be enough to send the Three Lions through.

12.15 

Today's game takes place at Spartak Moscow's Otkritie Arena, which has already hosted Argentina's draw with Iceland and Senegal's 2-1 victory over Poland.

12.10 

This is the 27th matdh of the 2018 World Cup and we've yet to have a goalless draw.

Belgium have scored three or more goals in three of their last four outings, while Tunisia haven't had a goalless game in their last six.

So, we should be in for some goals today.

12.06 

BELGIUM: Courtois, Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen, Meunier, Witsel, de Bruyne, Carrasco, Mertens, Hazard, Lukaku. /// TUNISIA: Mustapha, Youssef S, Meriah, Bronn, Maaloul, Badrid, Sassi, Shkhiri, Khaoui, Youssef F, Khazri.

12.03 

The teams are in!

Roberto Martinez opts for a 3-4-2-1 with Celtic's Dedryck Boyata starting in the middle of defence.

12.00 

Hello and welcome to Eurosport's live commentary of the World Cup Group G clash clash between Belgium and Tunisia. This is Ryan Bailey (@ryanjaybailey) taking you through all the action from the Otkritie Arena in Moscow.
Kick off is 13.00 BST, team news to follow shortly.