Belgium 5-2 Tunisia: Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both score twice

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Belgium 5-2 Tunisia: Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both score twice

Beitrag von chanoudom » So 24. Jun 2018, 06:23

Belgium 5-2 Tunisia: Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both score twice

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sbo333 Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both scored twice as Belgium sent out a message about their World Cup credentials with a 5-2 win over Tunisia on Saturday.Hazard opened the scoring from the penalty spot (6) before Lukaku doubled their lead (16) with a tidy finish.Dylan Bronn headed Tunisia back into the game (17) but Belgium always carried a huge threat in attack and Lukaku finished off a counter-attack to re-establish the two-goal cushion (45+3) with his fourth goal of the tournament.

Hazard added another (51) following a wonderful Kevin De Bruyne pass and Belgium could afford substitute Michy Batshuayi to miss a hatful of late chances before he finally score in injury time (90), as his side all-but guaranteed their spot in the last 16.Whabi Khazri scored a consolation (90+3) for Tunisia, who, barring a minor miracle, are out of the World Cup following two straight defeats.

One potential sour note for Roberto Martinez was Lukaku hobbling off with an ankle problem early in the second-half. Belgium play England on Thursday in their final Group G encounter.Belgium flew out of the traps in Moscow as Hazard won a free-kick with just 15 seconds gone, and won another foul in the penalty area on six minutes when he was tripped on the line of the penalty box. The decision survived a VAR review and Hazard stroked home the spot kick. sbo333

Dries Mertens then released Lukaku in behind on 16 minutes. The Manchester United striker drove down the left and reversed a clever shot into the far corner.Tunisia would have been fearing a thrashing at that point but got themselves back in the game 60 seconds later when Bronn took advantage of a poor offside line by Belgium to head home from a Khazri set-piece.

With Tunisia pressing on, Belgium were a constant threat on the break and Lukaku and De Bruyne wasted a couple of good openings.Lukaku kept on making runs in behind and was found just before the break by Thomas Meunier. This time, Lukaku found the killer finish to lift the ball over the goalkeeper to restore Belgium's two-goal cushion. De Bruyne came to the party in the second half with a spectacular raking pass that released Hazard through on goal. From there, the Chelsea man rounded the goalkeeper to make it 4-1.

That goal knocked the stuffing out of Tunisia, who threw the towel in during the final quarter. Lukaku - who limped off - and Hazard were both withdrawn by Martinez to save their legs but the chances still came for the Europeans. Batshuayi smacked the crossbar from five yards out and missed a further four guilt-edge opportunities before finally tucking one away in stoppage time.Khazri scored with the last kick of the game but this was all about Belgium, who laid down the first real marker of the tournament with this convincing victory. sbo333

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Suggested Solutions: Where should Loftus-Cheek go if he leaves Chelsea?

Beitrag von chanoudom » Mi 27. Jun 2018, 05:51

Suggested Solutions: Where should Loftus-Cheek go if he leaves Chelsea?

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bet In Jamie Vardy, Jesse Lingard and even Harry Kane, the current England World Cup squad contains players who were not hotly-tipped to be stars, and who have had to be patient and hungry in pursuit of their opportunities.

That is not the case for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has been on the radar of many Chelsea and even England fans as far back as 2014, when then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho promised to develop him for the benefit of the national team.Last season saw him undergo his first full season of Premier League action, although that was undermined by injury but his England performances have raised quite the question for Chelsea; do they keep him or cash in?

Most sane football clubs would keep Loftus-Cheek around but considering that no Blues youngster has broken through from an academy that seems to purely exist to sell players for high sums since John Terry, a departure could yet be on the cards. But where should he go? Football FanCast has taken a look at the options…

Palace took Loftus-Cheek on loan when they were still managed by Frank de Boer, with Chelsea presumably expecting their man to get exposure to Total Football in South London.It didn’t work out like that as former England manager Roy Hodgson guided Palace away from relegation danger with Loftus-Cheek flourishing alongside Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend in a lively attack.

A reunion with Hodgson may be tempting and it would be a real coup for Palace but Loftus-Cheek could set his sights on the top half of the division after a promising World Cup.

Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea may well be unwilling to sell to London and top six rivals Tottenham, but there are plenty of reasons why the move would make sense for Loftus-Cheek.Mauricio Pochettino is as good as any Premier League manager at developing young English talent and may well be looking for a Mousa Dembele replacement this summer, as the Belgian is in serious talks over a move to China.

bet His chances of gametime in North London would be good and Loftus-Cheek already links up with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Kieran Trippier on international duty.

West Ham United
Manuel Pellegrini is hoping to oversee a footballing revolution in East London this season and reportedly wants a big-money playmaker in the shape of Felipe Anderson, but has hit a snag.Loftus-Cheek could well be the perfect alternative and a young, hungry, versatile England international would surely be a less risky investment to boot.

If Pellegrini can convince Loftus-Cheek that he can offer the perfect blend of flowing football and regular gametime while not asking him to leave London, he may just force himself to the front of the queue.Chelsea would also surely rather sell to a team outside the top six.

Everton
Everton are reportedly in the hunt for physical midfielder William Carvalho but the Portuguese international is slow and ponderous in possession, unlike Loftus-Cheek.The Chelsea man is much more worth spending big on and after missing out on one young English playmaker in James Maddison, securing Loftus-Cheek could get the Marco Silva era off to a flier at Goodison Park.

bet Offloading Wayne Rooney to bring in the 22-year-old would be a major show of intent from the former Watford manager that he is not interested in yesterday’s men, he is focused firmly on the future.

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Jordan Henderson 'forever' in Jordan Pickford's debt

Beitrag von chanoudom » Do 5. Jul 2018, 05:24

Jordan Henderson 'forever' in Jordan Pickford's debt
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wap sbobet Jordan Henderson admits he will owe fellow Sunderland boy Jordan Pickford for the rest of his life after missing in England's dramatic shootout triumph over Colombia.Henderson was the only Englishman who failed to score from 12 yards on Tuesday night in Moscow, Arsenal's David Ospina guessing correctly and palming away a cleanly-struck effort.

Mateus Uribe shot against the bar to put England back on an even keel but it took a brilliant save from Pickford, denying Carlos Bacca, to pave the way for victory.Henderson and Pickford were born just a few miles apart and though they never crossed paths in the Sunderland first team and now reside on opposite sides of the Mersey divide, they will always be linked by events at Spartak Stadium.

"I thanked him, I can't thank him enough, I'm forever in his debt. He says the Mackems stick together!" revealed Henderson."You obviously fear the worst when you miss the penalty but Pickers has done brilliantly with the save. We're a really close group, I think you can see that."It's difficult when you miss and nothing can be said that's going to make it alright but it's not about me, it doesn't really matter now, we won and that's the main thing."

Henderson was already starting to blank out his missed attempt and indicated a willingness to step up again - if allowed."I can hardly remember it," he said. "Maybe it was a good height for the keeper if anything, it needed to be higher or lower but in penalties you can miss or there can be a good save. Thankfully the lads dug me out."It wouldn't put me off but it might put Gareth off! I'd take another one but obviously it's down to the manager and I would understand if he chose someone else."

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