With Belgium's King Filip and his two young sons, the princes Emmanuel and Gabriël watching from the grandstands, Belgium could not have taken a better start, when Eden Hazard was fouled on the edge of the penalty area. Hazard converted the penalty himself, after just 6 minutes.
Manchester United's striker Romelu Lukaku also had an excellent day. Outsprinting the Tunisian defence, he scored 2-0 with a low ball in the right corner. His fourth goal in this tournament brings him alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. Tunisia's Dylan Bronn headed home the 2-1 for Tunisia with a precise header, but the AA Gent defender need to leave the pitch with a bad knee injury shortly afterwards.
However, Belgium added a third one even before the break, when winger Thomas Meunier of PSG set up an excellent effort, providing the assist for Lukaku's second: 3-1.
Lukaku's third and fourth goals bring him alongside Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal as World Cup top scorers
Belgium continued their swift play after the break, making the most of the space offered by Tunisia, who had to attack to make a chance to come back and avoid being ousted. Hazard made a fourth one, and Belgium could have made many more. However, substitute Michy Batshuayi was denied a goal on three occasion: by the goalkeeper; by the goal frame and when a defender saved his attempt on the line.
Dortmund striker Batshuayi finally made his goal anyway (5-1), before Tunisia scored a second in the dying minutes. Football pundit Jan Mulder called the Belgian performance "one of the beste performances in the World Cup so far". Belgium are qualified for round 2, unless Panama would beat England with a big score, and post another impressive victory in the final match.
This was propobably the best performance of a country in the World Cup so far