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  1. FIFA World Cup 2018, Belgium vs Panama Highlights: Romelu Lukaku’s brace help Belgium beat Panama by 3 goals

FIFA World Cup 2018, Belgium vs Panama Highlights: Romelu Lukaku’s brace help Belgium beat Panama by 3 goals

FIFA World Cup 2018: Belgium and Panama to go against each other at Fisht Stadium, Sochi.

By: | Updated:Jun 18, 2018 10:35 pm
FIFA World Cup 2018: Panama to play for the first in World Cup.

FIFA World Cup 2018: On one hand, Belgium is all set to make its mark on the FIFA World Cup 2018 as the favourites, Panama will be playing its first quadrennial tournament. Belgium and Panama will go head-to-head against each other at the Fisht Stadium, Sochi. Talking of the favourites in the match, the Roberto Martinez team has a host of talented players to choose from and the team are ranked third in the world.

There front three comprising of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, and Dries Mertens are of the highest quality and they are backed up by the magician Kevin De Bruyne. There is no possible weakness in the team, however, the way Brazil, Germany and Argentina have failed to take on the small teams, no one can tell how easy would it be for the men dressed in orange.

WATCH| Belgium vs Panama LIVE Streaming Online, FIFA World Cup 2018 Live

As for Panama, they will be at their first World Cup after a dramatic finish above the USA in CONCACAF qualifiers. Their strength lies in the fact that they are the underdogs. It means, whatever happens, they will not go down without a fight. They will work hard, would like to repeat their performance against Denmark in March. Román Torres, the forward who was arguably the star of the qualifiers, has been injured and will not travel to Russia in the best shape.

Live Blog

Belgium vs Panama, FIFA World CUP 2018 LIVE Score

Highlights

  • 21:44 (IST)

    GOAL! Belgium 1-0 Panama (Mertens 47)

    48 min: That was a fine, technically perfect goal from Mertens. Belgium had a corner and the ball was floated into the penalty area and only half-cleared following a n impromptu game of head tennis. Standing near the edge of the area on the right side having taken the corner, Mertens’ technique could scarcely have been better as he sent a dipping volley into the bottom left-hand corner.

  • 21:37 (IST)

    Half-time: Belgium 0-0 Panama

    Peep! Janny Sikazwe signals for the break and Panama go in having kept Belgium scoreless. Belgium have been very lethargic and sluggish; a team of great players and no apparent plan. If Panama could somehow nick a goal, it’s not difficult to imagine this Belgium team having an England-v-Iceland type meltdown.

  • 20:32 (IST)

    Belgium v Panama is go!!!

    Having heard the first-ever rendition of their national anthem at a World Cup finals, Panama’s pumped supporters in Sochi, at home and anywhere else they may be, see their team begin their first ever World Cup match. Panama get the ball rolling ...

  • 20:30 (IST)

    National Anthem

    If you wish to listen to the Belgium and Panama's national anthem here you go. LISTEN

    BELGIUM National Anthem: Listen

    PANAMA National Anthem: Listen 

  • 20:15 (IST)

    Playing XI of Belgium and Panama

    Hello and welcome to the Belgium vs Panama live blog. Let's just jump to the point. I think either it will be a completely one-sided game with Belgium thrashing the first-times or Panama will be giving a tough time to their opponents just like Iceland gave to Argentina. Here is the starting line-up. Belgium has started with the predicted players but with Vincent Kompany rested.

21:55 (IST) 18 Jun 2018

65 min: Belgium win a free-kick about 30 yards from goal, almost straight in front of it. Kevin De Bruyne tries his luck, but fires straight into the wall.

21:53 (IST) 18 Jun 2018

53 min: Carrasco falls asleep, allowing Michael Murillo to dart in behind him and collect a long ball in behind. He gets a decent touch as Courtois rushes off his line. The Belgian goalkeeper saves the right-back’s shot with his legs. Woeful defending from Carrasco, who is widely recognised as the weak link in this Belgian team.

21:50 (IST) 18 Jun 2018
GOAL! WATCH VIDEO

Dries Mertens scores a stunner. 

21:44 (IST) 18 Jun 2018
GOAL! Belgium 1-0 Panama (Mertens 47)

48 min: That was a fine, technically perfect goal from Mertens. Belgium had a corner and the ball was floated into the penalty area and only half-cleared following a n impromptu game of head tennis. Standing near the edge of the area on the right side having taken the corner, Mertens’ technique could scarcely have been better as he sent a dipping volley into the bottom left-hand corner.

21:37 (IST) 18 Jun 2018
Half-time: Belgium 0-0 Panama

Peep! Janny Sikazwe signals for the break and Panama go in having kept Belgium scoreless. Belgium have been very lethargic and sluggish; a team of great players and no apparent plan. If Panama could somehow nick a goal, it’s not difficult to imagine this Belgium team having an England-v-Iceland type meltdown.

21:09 (IST) 18 Jun 2018

36 min: Carrasco and Hazaard combine well down the left, the ball comes to Meunier and he plays a first-time ball into Romelu Lukaku. He’s penalised for a shove on Roman Torres, who goes to ground very easily from the slightest contact by the Belgian striker.

21:06 (IST) 18 Jun 2018
21:04 (IST) 18 Jun 2018
21:01 (IST) 18 Jun 2018

29 min: Kevin De Bruyne takes the corner short, gets the ball back and crosses it into the penalty area from a better angle. Michael Murillo clears for Panama.

21:00 (IST) 18 Jun 2018

26 min: Belgium are being allowed play it out from the back with impunity by Panama, who are putting Messrs Alderweireld, Vertonghen and Boyata under no pressure whatsoever as they sally forth out of defence with the ball.

20:56 (IST) 18 Jun 2018

24 min: Panama go on a rare sortie into Belgium territory on a counter-attack after relieving Eden Hazard high up the field. Axel Witsel clears the danger when the ball is crossed into the penalty area by Edgar Barcanes.

20:55 (IST) 18 Jun 2018

23 min: From the corner, Hazard sets up De Bruyne for a shot, but the midfielder fires high over the bar.

20:53 (IST) 18 Jun 2018

20 min: Belgium are finding plenty of room to manoeuvre down both flanks and this time they attack down the right. Mertens plays the ball towards the far post, where Romelu Lukaku is lurking unmarked and with intent. He’s foiled with a brilliant interception from Roman Torres, who pokes the ball wide of the upright for a corner. He could quite easily have prodded the ball into his own net, there.

20:53 (IST) 18 Jun 2018

20 min: Belgium are finding plenty of room to manoeuvre down both flanks and this time they attack down the right. Mertens plays the ball towards the far post, where Romelu Lukaku is lurking unmarked and with intent. He’s foiled with a brilliant interception from Roman Torres, who pokes the ball wide of the upright for a corner. He could quite easily have prodded the ball into his own net, there.

20:52 (IST) 18 Jun 2018

18 min: Thomas Meunier wins Belgium a corner, while Erick Davis is booked for a foul on Dries Mertens in the build-up. The corner is from the training ground and Panama switch off. Dries Mertens is teed up just inside their penalty area, but fires his shot wide.

Here are the squads BELGIUM Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg/GER), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/ENG), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool/ENG) Defenders:Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham/ENG), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic/SCO), Laurent Ciman (Los Angeles/USA – to replace Kompany if unfit), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City/ENG), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona/ESP), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham/ENG) Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yinfang/CHN), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City/ENG), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham/ENG), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United/ENG), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad/ESP), Youri Tielemans (Monaco/FRA), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian/CHN), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA) Forwards:Michy Batshuayi (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Eden Hazard (Chelsea/ENG), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia M’gladbach/GER), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United/ENG), Dries Mertens (Naples/ITA). PANAMA Goalkeepers: Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC). Defenders:Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders). Midfielders:Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Gabriel Gómez (Bucaramanga), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario de Lima), Jose Luis Rodriguez (KAA Gent). Forwards:Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruna), Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Luis Tejada (Sports Boys), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato).

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