Lukaku ties with Ronaldo in race for World Cup Golden Boot

Lukaku ties with Ronaldo in race for World Cup Golden Boot

Lukaku ties with Ronaldo in race for World Cup Golden Boot

The four-times world champs suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico in their first group game, and after the South Americans won for a second time against South Korea earlier in the day Germany knew that only a victory over Sweden would realistically keep them in this year's tournament. Hazard also scored twice, and Michy Batshuayi added a 90th-minute goal after failing to convert a trio of prime chances.

Romelu Lukaku has claimed that the 2018 World Cup is the last chance for Belgium's golden generation to enjoy success at worldwide level.

Ali Maaloul then gave the ball away at halfway after 16 minutes, Dries Mertens drove forward before rolling it into the path of Lukaku to plant it low into the corner.

The 6-1 scoreline was matched at [280.0] in the Correct Score 2 market, and England, with an equal goal difference to Belgium, can now be backed at [1.7] to win Group G (Belgium [2.3]).

Already by far Belgium's top scorer in all global competitions with 40, at just 25 Lukaku is carrying high hopes that he is the final piece in a jigsaw - providing the clinical finish that intricate build-up play from the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne has provided in recent years.

Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri got his team's second with nearly the last kick.

"It is his (Southgate's) decision, I guess", said Kane, who leads the running for the Golden Boot award with five goals in two games.

Now, Drogba has revealed his delight at the fact that Lukaku seems to have taken his advice on board after his two-goal haul against Tunisia at the weekend.

They are likely to rest and rotate when they meet England, who are also in the relatively novel position of not needing a result from their last group game to progress.

Hazard was taken off against the Tunisians with a slight knock and may be one of the regular starters to miss out against England.

Courtois is now at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez believes Romelu Lukaku is determined to assist his teammates rather than achieve personal records.

In the lead-up to the match, Lukaku had spoken of the pressure he felt in 2014 and said he planned to adopt a more carefree attitude in Russian Federation.

Martinez pronounced himself satisfied with a performance which he said had shown further evidence of the team playing as a unit.

"I think Rom knows now what his role is, like I hope every other player does on the pitch, because that's the only way we can become a team".

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