Belgium vs. Panama score: Lukaku nets World Cup brace as Red Devils come alive in opening win

The Belgian team turned it on in the second half, and now they look like one of the favorites of the Cup

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On Monday, Belgium notched three points in its 2018 World Cup opener despite a poor first half against Panama. The Red Devils struggled with Panama’s physical play in the first half and couldn’t get one past Jaime Penedo, but in the second half the attack came alive, and it wore the Central American side down on the way to a 3-0 victory.

Just two minutes into the second half, Dries Mertens made it 1-0 with this ridiculous volley:

Then it was Romelu Lukaku time. The big, powerful forward scored twice in seven minutes to put the game away.

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