Vincent Kompany stays in Belgium FIFA World Cup squad despite injury

Arnold Nichols
June 19, 2018

But overall they are a shadow of the team who famously reached the semi-finals as 2002 World Cup co-hosts.

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - During the buildup to its World Cup opener, Roberto Martinez regularly reminded his Belgium squad the challenge was going to be far greater than what was being portrayed as an easy march through the group stage.

Belgium and Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku has opened up on a handful of topics such as poverty and his heartbreaking childhood. Dries Mertens' handsome goal allowed Belgium to get things going, and Romelu Lukaku had a wonderful match, scoring two goals.

For his first goal, Lukaku nodded in a sensational pass by Kevin De Bruyne.

Jun 18, 2018; Volgograd, Russia; English forward Harry Kane celebrates after he scores his second goal of the match, allowing England to beat Tunisia 2-1 in stoppage time.

Martinez noted that Mertens" incredible volley was key to Belgium's result on Monday, adding that the team showed a lot of "maturity' to secure all three points in the opening fixture in Group G.

The VAR. Again. While it got a decision right in the night's first game which led to Sweden's winning goal, it also spectacularly failed to spot Tunisian penalty area interference on Kane that wouldn't have looked out of place in a WWE bout.


Harry Kane was the hero for England as it opened its World Cup in dramatic fashion by snatching a last-minute victor from Tunisia. They have good players, strong players, they play to their strengths, and that's why we had some little problems in the first half.

The Red Devils' so-called golden generation begin their World Cup campaign on Monday against finals debutants Panama in Sochi.

"My aim for the World Cup is to dignify Panamanian football".

He had planned to bring Kalinic, who played for AC Milan on loan from Fiorentina last season, on as a substitute in that game but the player declined.

After Mexico's victory against Germany on Sunday, the second match in Group F, between Sweden and South Korea, suddenly felt a lot more significant, with the loser nearly certain to go home, barring an unlikely win against Germany.

Some Mexican supporters chanted the slur when Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer prepared to take a goal kick in the 24th minute - though some argue there is no discriminatory intent. People were saying that Belgium would win every game easily but it's not like this.

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