Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, center, and Belgium's Eden Hazard, center right, celebrate after Romelu Lukaku scored his side's second goal during the group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

The Latest: Belgium has 2-1 lead after 18 minutes vs Tunisia

June 23, 2018 - 8:24 am

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local):

3:18 p.m.

Belgium leads Tunisia 2-1 after goals in quick succession at opposite ends of the field.

Romelu Lukaku gave Belgium a 2-0 lead with a low shot in the 16th minute after a pass from Dries Mertens when Tunisia's Ali Maaloul lost the ball on the halfway line.

Tunisia responded two minutes later when Dylan Bronn headed the ball past Thibaut Courtois at a free-kick.

That gives Tunisia some reprieve as it must avoid defeat to retain any hope of qualifying for the knockout stages.

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3:06 p.m.

Eden Hazard has given Belgium a 1-0 lead over Tunisia with a penalty in the 6th minute of the World Cup Group G match.

Hazard hit the ball low and left past Tunisia goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha to give Belgium the lead.

Hazard won the penalty when he was brought down by Tunisia's Syam Ben Youssef on the edge of the area.

If Belgium beats Tunisia it will be almost certainly assured of a place in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

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2 p.m.

Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens and Eden Hazard again lead the attack in an unchanged Belgium lineup for the World Cup game against Tunisia.

Belgium opened with a 3-0 win over Panama 3-0 and another win against Tunisia would almost certainly secure a place in the knockout stages from Group G.

For Tunisia, Farouk Ben Mustapha starts in goal after playing most of the 2-1 loss to England following Mouez Hassan's shoulder injury.

In the only other change, Naim Sliti has been replaced on the left wing by Saif-Eddine Khaoui.

Lineups:

Belgium: Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Yannick Carrasco, Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier, Dedryck Boyata.

Tunisia: Farouk Ben Mustapha, Syam Ben Youssef, Yassine Meriah, Saif-Eddine Khaoui, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Anice Badri, Wahbi Khazri, Dylan Bronn, Ali Maaloul, Ferjani Sassi, Ellyes Skhiri.

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1:15 p.m.

It wouldn't be the World Cup without some emotion from Brazil.

Thiago Silva is upset with his teammate Neymar for shouting at him during Friday's tense 2-0 win over Costa Rica.

Neymar apparently was angry with Silva for giving the ball back to Costa Rica late in the game with the score locked at 0-0, because the star striker considered Costa Rica to be time wasting.

In comments reported by globo.com, Silva says he has always tried to treat Neymar as a younger brother but, "When I gave the ball back (to Costa Rica) he insulted me. Theoretically he was right, because they stalled a lot."

Silva, who was captain for the game under coach Tite's captaincy rotation policy, added "I was very sad about that insult."

Neymar scored Brazil's second goal in the seventh minute of injury time, his first of the tournament and 56th overall for Brazil.

Brazil is level with Switzerland on four points in Group E and next plays Serbia.

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1:10 p.m.

Dele Alli has returned to practice with the England squad but carried out individual drills away from the main group, keeping him in doubt for the World Cup match against Panama.

The midfielder hurt his thigh in England's 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday and didn't practice with the group for four days.

Alli participated in warm-up routines on Saturday and later worked alone on his fitness.

England coach Gareth Southgate has said Alli is unlikely to feature against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday.

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