On the 5th day of FIFA World Cup 2018, one of the popular team Belgium face Panama at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi in their opening game of FIFA's flagship event.
Belgium have a very talented and a young squad this time around in the World Cup and the fans are hopeful that their team will produce a good outing this time, while Panama have a good young squad but the mighty Belgium might be too huge for them.
A win for Belgium should be a solid start to their campaign while Panama would be looking forward to shock one of the dark horses of this tournament
Highlights Belgium vs Panama
# The referee blows the Full Time whistle and Belgium have taken all the three points from their opening fixture! Roberto Martinez and co. would be pretty happy with that result, however they would like to improve on their chemistry a bit more. Belgium 3-0 Panama.
# 90' The fourth official signals that 4 additional min. will be played.
# 90' Eden Hazard (Belgium) lifts the ball into the box from the corner, but one of the defending players gets there first to head it clear.
# 90' Substitution. Axel Witsel walks off the pitch and Nacer Chadli (Belgium) comes on as a substitute.
# 89' CHANCE! Fidel Escobar (Panama) sets the ball for the free kick from 21 metres out. His attempt is aimed towards the bottom left corner, but Thibaut Courtois is alert and makes a comfortable save.
# 88' This yellow card was deserved. The tackle by Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) was quite harsh and Janny Sikazwe didn't hesitate to show him a yellow card. Another situation results in a direct free kick for Panama.
# 88' Michael Murillo (Panama) is unable to feed an accurate cross into the box. The referee and the linesman both signal a throw-in for Belgium.
# 87' Fidel Escobar (Panama) is obviously not following the Golden Rule: "Treat others as you want to be treated.“ He makes a bad challenge and leaves Janny Sikazwe with no other option than to blow for a foul.
# 84' Gabriel Gomez (Panama) hasn't suffered any serious injury which would see him leave the pitch. He's back in the game now.
# 83' Here comes a substitution. Dries Mertens is given a rest as he is replaced by Thorgan Hazard (Belgium).
# 83' Eden Hazard (Belgium) unleashes a powerful shot towards goal from a mid-range free kick, but the ball is blocked by the defensive wall.
# 82' Armando Cooper (Panama) makes an overly-aggressive challenge and Janny Sikazwe blows his whistle for a foul. Belgium are awarded a free kick from a dangerous position.
# 79' The linesman signals that Dries Mertens (Belgium) is offside and the referee confirms the decision.
# Here is Romelu Lukaku's second goal and Belgium's third! What a finish!
# 79' Luis Tejada (Panama) does his best to latch onto a cross into the box, but he can't get to the ball.
# 77' Eden Hazard (Belgium) goes on a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as an opposition player blocks him.
# 75' GOAL! Eden Hazard gets to the ball, slips Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) into the area and he scores with a delightful chipped finish to make it 3:0.
# 74' Yannick Carrasco comes off the pitch to be replaced by Mousa Dembele (Belgium).
# 73' Hernan Gomez prepares a substitution. Blas Perez is replaced by Luis Tejada (Panama).
# Here is the goal by Romelu Lukaku!
# 72' SAVE! Gabriel Torres (Panama) is unlucky with a goal-bound effort from the edge of the box. A brilliant save by Thibaut Courtois stops the ball from going into the top of the net.
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# 69' GOAL! Kevin De Bruyne hands Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) the simplest of tasks from close range after the cross evaded the keeper, and he makes no mistake with his header into the right side of the goal. 2:0.
# 68' Thomas Meunier (Belgium) sends a cross into the box, but Jaime Penedo comes off his line to gather the ball.
# 68' Michael Murillo (Panama) holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
# Here is the goal for you by Dries Mertens!
# 65' Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) takes a mid-range free kick and the effort crashes into the defensive wall.
# 65' Anibal Godoy (Panama) gives away a foul for a clumsy challenge. Referee Janny Sikazwe saw the whole situation. Belgium earn a free kick which could lead to a goal-scoring opportunity.
# 64' Gabriel Torres (Panama) is caught offside!
# 63' Hernan Gomez decides to make a substitution. Jose Rodriguez will be replaced by Ismael Diaz (Panama).
# 63' A substitution has been made. Yoel Barcenas goes off and Gabriel Torres (Panama) comes on.
# 63' Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) is penalised for a foul. Janny Sikazwe had a clear view and blows his whistle.
# 63' Dries Mertens (Belgium) will try to find the head of one of his teammates from a corner kick.
# 59' Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) plays a one-two with Thomas Meunier, but the move breaks down.
# 59' Today's referee Janny Sikazwe rightly decides to book Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) for his harsh tackle.
# 59' CHANCE! Yoel Barcenas (Panama) tries to find the head of a teammate in the box but overhits the cross. The ball goes out of play and Belgium will have a goal kick.
# 57' Yoel Barcenas (Panama) misses the target from a promising position, sending the ball well wide of the left post.
# 57' Anibal Godoy (Panama) was probably a bit loose with his words to Janny Sikazwe, who decides to show him a yellow.
# 56' A mistimed header from the middle of the box by Roman Torres (Panama) goes well wide of the left post.
# 55' CHANCE! Michael Murillo (Panama) latches onto a cross inside the box and aims a shot towards the bottom right corner, but Thibaut Courtois reacts superbly to deny him. The ball goes out of play. Panama are awarded a corner kick.
# 52' CLOSE! Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) stands over the resulting free kick from around 23 metres out and his shot goes just wide of the left post!
# 51' Janny Sikazwe shows a yellow card to Michael Murillo (Panama) for his blatant foul. Belgium win a free kick. It's a promising situation for a direct shot.
# 51' The whistle is blown for an infringement and Michael Murillo (Panama) receives a yellow card!
# 50' Fidel Escobar (Panama) was too fierce in his attempt to get the ball from his opponent and Janny Sikazwe blows for a foul.
# 49' Armando Cooper (Panama) has tested the patience of referee Janny Sikazwe and goes into the book for a previous late challenge.
# 47' GOAL! What a hit! Dries Mertens (Belgium) shows good composure inside the box to fire a first-time shot inside the left post. Belgium 1-0 Panama
# 47' Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) whips the ball in from the long-range free kick, but the first man gets it clear.
# The second half gets underway.
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# Janny Sikazwe blows the half time whistle!
# 45+2' Yoel Barcenas (Panama) picks up a yellow card.
# There will be a minimum of 2 minutes of added time.
# 45' Janny Sikazwe interrupts the game for a tactical foul by Eden Hazard (Belgium).
# 42' Armando Cooper (Panama) has a go from a long way out but it sails way over.
# 41' CHANCE! Dries Mertens (Belgium) receives the ball from the resulting free kick and unleashes a strike from the edge of the box, but his effort goes narrowly wide of the right post!
# 40' It looks like Michael Murillo (Panama) saw red with that tackle. Janny Sikazwe won't tolerate such behaviour on the pitch and blows for a foul. Belgium earn a free kick.
# 40' Roman Torres (Panama) gets to the ball on the edge of the box after the corner and unleashes a shot which flies well wide of the right post.
# 38' Jose Rodriguez (Panama) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition's defence clears the ball to safety. Panama have a corner.
# 36' Janny Sikazwe blows his whistle and it's Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.
# 35' Yoel Barcenas (Panama) launches the ball from the resulting corner, but one of the defenders is first to the ball and deals with the threat.
# 34' Jose Rodriguez (Panama) tries to send a low pass into the box, but it's blocked and cleared. Panama have been awarded a corner kick.
# 33' Blas Perez (Panama) commits a rough foul. Janny Sikazwe stops the game and makes a call.
# 31' Eden Hazard (Belgium) takes the corner kick and sends the ball among a huddle of players inside the penalty area, but one of the defenders clears it to safety.
# 31' Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) plays a through ball which would have led to a great opportunity, if it hadn't been stopped by the defence. Belgium force a corner. They send men into the box.
# 30' Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) works the corner short.
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# 27' Michael Murillo (Panama) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Janny Sikazwe has a clear sight of it and blows his whistle. A free kick to Belgium.
# 26' Eden Hazard (Belgium) finds himself in space on the edge of the box and tries to catch the keeper out, but the shot lacks accuracy and curls well wide of the right post.
# 25' Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) takes the resulting corner which is well defended.
# 24' Thomas Meunier (Belgium) was all set to receive a beautiful pass into a promising position. However, one of the defenders makes a timely clearance. The referee points to the corner flag and Belgium will take a corner.
# 24' Yoel Barcenas (Panama) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players.
# 22' CHANCE! Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) neatly controls a driven pass on the edge of the box, glances up and cracks a beautiful drive goalwards that sails just over the bar.
# 19' Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) attempts to find his teammate with a final pass from outside of the box, but one of the defenders clears the ball to safety. Corner kick. Belgium will have an opportunity.
# 19' CLOSE! Dries Mertens (Belgium) picks up the ball in space and from inside the penalty area sends a shot inches wide of the right post.
# Belgium have shown real attacking intent in the opening minutes and look to attack Panama everytime they get the ball!
# 18' Thomas Meunier (Belgium) crosses the ball into the box, but one of the defending players averts the threat. Belgium get a corner.
# 17' The foul by Yoel Barcenas (Panama) was seen by Janny Sikazwe who didn't hesitate to blow the whistle.
# 14' Thomas Meunier (Belgium) is punished with a yellow card for violating the rules.
# 12' CHANCE! Eden Hazard (Belgium) goes close to scoring with a shot from inside the box, but he drags his effort wide of the left post.
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# 7' Eden Hazard (Belgium) takes a short corner kick.
# 7' CHANCE! That was a nice football moment. Dries Mertens (Belgium) receives an amazing defence-splitting low pass on the edge of the box and blasts the ball towards the roof of the net. Jaime Penedo guesses his intention and dives superbly to deny him with a remarkable save! The ball is out of play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Belgium.
# 6' CHANCE! A fine pass finds Yannick Carrasco (Belgium) in space inside the box, he looks up and drills a low shot towards the middle of the goal, but the Jaime Penedo reacts superbly to deny him.
# 5' Thomas Meunier (Belgium) makes a rough challenge and the referee blows for a foul.
# 4' Eric Davis (Panama) delivers a poor cross from a free kick as one of the defenders comfortably clears it away.
# 2' Dedryck Boyata (Belgium) makes a rough challenge and Janny Sikazwe blows his whistle for a foul. There is a free kick near the sideline to Panama.
# 1' Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) latches on to an accurate pass inside the box and immediately unleashes a shot towards goal, but it goes high over the crossbar.
# Kick off!
# BELGIUM XI: Courtois, Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen, Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco, Mertens, Hazard, Lukaku.
SUBS: Kompany, Fellaini, Mignolet, Casteels, T Hazard, Tielemans, Januzaj, Dembélé, Batshuayi, Chadli, Dendoncker.
PANAMA XI: Penedo, Murillo, Torres, Escobar, Davis, Gómez, Bárcenas, Godoy, Cooper, JL Rodriguez, Pérez.
SUBS: Cummings, Torres, Diaz, Calderón, Machado, Pimentel, Arroyo, Ovalle, Tejada, Avila, A Rodríguez, Baloy.
Referee: Janny Sikazwe
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Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018! Day 5 of FIFA's showpiece event continue as second game of the day is between Belgium and Panama at Fisht Olympic Stadium.