Tunisia made it easy for us - Hazard
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jun 23, 2018,
Jun 23, 2018, 23:46
Belgium are ranked third in the world, behind only Germany and Brazil, but Martinez said there was no room for complacency against Tunisian, ranked 21. It was a knock he had late in the first half. He did well to last what he lasted. "He's going to be assessed and then we'll find out a bit more in 48 hours".
That would leave their meeting in Kaliningrad on Thursday to decide who tops the group and it is Belgium who now hold the upper hand there, with their sparkling finishing in the sunshine at the Spartak Stadium leaving their goal difference significantly better off.
Martinez also dismissed suggestions winning Group G may not be beneficial due to the raft of surprise results elsewhere.
"Football has got a odd knack of punishing you when you don't treat things professionally", he said.
"What's important for us is that every player who deserves to be on the field will have a role to play". This a golden generation to envy, as they're bursting with so much talent that even Mousa Dembele, brilliant this year (and any year) for Tottenham, didn't get in the starting lineup in their first match against Panama.
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Brazil came on strong in the closing stages as Neymar , Roberto Firmino and Miranda all went close but the resolute Swiss held on. But Vladimir Petkovic's men were back on terms within five minutes of the restart, much to the annoyance of the Brazilians.
The ball continued rolling for the Red Devils as Eden Hazard earned Belgium a penalty after five minutes. "The first game at any tournament is always a little tough and the heat also exhausted us out but after rest we'll be ready to roll again", Chelsea playmaker Hazard said in the build-up to the weekend's clash.
Scoring his second consecutive brace in the tournament, he became the first player since Maradona to score multiple goals in World Cups.
But, as he did on Friday, Martinez played down the importance of individual awards.
"Our team is capable of unlocking the Belgium defence. perhaps the sense of fear will be absent tomorrow and we will be able to deliver", he said.
Batshauyi was denied yet again right in front of goal this time, as he struck the crossbar from point-blank range following a fine cross from Carrasco. "I'm looking at how we can improve on how we played against Panama".