Romelu Lukaku Helps Belgium defeat Panama in opening World Cup Group G match

Romelu Lukaku scored a brace to help Belgium win Panama by 3-0 in their opening World Cup Group G match at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi this afternoon.

Panama, who are one of the tournament debutants, deservedly made it to half-time unscathed, but Belgium's world-class talent showed with a flurry of first-class goals in the second period.

A startling volley from Dries Mertens ended Panama's fight two minutes after the restart, and Manchester United striker Lukaku followed with two neat finishes of his own to make the scoreline more compelling.

Roberto Martinez's side were quick out of the blocks and forced two early saves out of veteran Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, who kept out Yannick Carrasco and Mertens to stop Panama suffering an outlandish start.

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