Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both scored braces as Belgium crushed Tunisia 5-2 to all but secure their place in the World Cup knockout stages.
The Red Devils just need England to avoid defeat to Panama in Sunday’s other Group G game to confirm their last-16 spot and no team at Russia 2018 w
ill want to be drawn against Roberto Martinez’s side after this swashbuckling display.
Belgium were dominant from the outset, taking a 2-0 lead inside 16 minutes through Hazard’s penalty and Lukaku’s fine finish.
Dylan Bronn then handed the African side an unlikely lifeline before Lukaku – who scored twice in the opening 3-0 win over Panama – restored Belgium’s lead to become his country’s all-time top scorer at major tournaments with seven goals.
Hazard netted his second early in the second half, while substitute Michy Batshuayi – who had earlier missed three golden opportunities – scored a fifth in the 90th minute. Wahbi Khazri bagged a late consolation for Tunisia, but it did little to take the shine off a memorable result for Belgium.
Belgium XI: Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Toby Alderweireld, Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Meunier, Dedryck Boyata, Yannick Carrasco
Subs: Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen, Mousa Dembélé, Simon Mignolet, Marouane Fellaini, Nacer Chadli, Koen Casteels, Thorgan Hazard, Michy Batshuayi, Leander Dendoncker, Adnan Januzaj, Youri Tielemans
Tunisia XI: Farouk Ben Mustapha, Wahbi Khazri, Syam Ben Youssef, Ali Maâloul, Anice Badri, Ferjani Sassi, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Ellyes Skhiri, Saif-Eddine Khaoui, Yassine Meriah, Dylan Bronn
Subs: Aymen Mathlouthi, Yohan Benalouane, Saber Khalifa, Oussama Haddadi, Naim Sliti, Rami Bedoui, Hamdi Nagguez, A. Khalil, Mohamed Ben Amor, G. Chalali, Bassem Srarfi