FPJ's dream XI predictions for Belgium and Panama

Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku vies for the ball with Panama's goalkeeper Jaime Penedo during their 2018 World Cup Group G match at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi

Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku vies for the ball with Panama's goalkeeper Jaime Penedo during their 2018 World Cup Group G match at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi

"I don't think teams will be overconfident facing us".

But the gulf in class began to tell as Belgium doubled their lead midway through the second half.

Lukaku - so quiet in the first half - sprang to life.

The debutants endured a shaky start as Lukaku went close for Belgium in the opening minute after an incisive pass from De Bruyne set Yannick Carrasco free down the left, but the striker fired wide. Kevin De Bruyne picked the pocket of Fidel Escobar and appeared to have Romelu Lukaku picked out for a tap-in, but Torres slid in sharply with a vital deflection. Since losing to Mexico at the Estadio Azteca during the group stage at the 1986 World Cup, Belgium are undefeated in 11 matches against CONCACAF nations, posting nine wins and two draws. It didn't take almost that long this time, though it did take something special.

Panama's best opportunity of the game came down their right as Carrasco seemed to momentarily forget about his defensive responsibilities, allowing a one-on-one that only a fine save from Thibaut Courtois preventing what would have been an equalising goal. However, the latest on him is that he could yet start Panama's first game.

The game was effectively put to bed in the 69th minute as Romelu Lukaku stooped to head home De Bruyne's delightful ball into the box from eight yards out.

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Any hint of a Panamanian fightback was dashed six minutes later when Hazard's pass found Lukaku in the clear, and Lukaku lifted his shot over the advancing Penedo to make the score 3-0.

Belgium take on Tunisia in their second match on Saturday, 23 June (13:00 BST), before Panama are England's second opponents a day later (13:00 BST). But there were warning signs as well. The quality of the Red Devils will prove too much to handle for the Central Americans in this clash.

Monday's encounter may not provide the sternest test which lies before Belgium in this summer's tournament in Russian Federation, but will provide a good barometer of how prepared the Red Devils are for action on the world's biggest stage. Panama's players stayed on the field to salute the fans several minutes after the match ended. With the "Fubo Premier" bundle, you will get access to all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets.

All three showed variety in their play. But they would have been more than happy to go in goalless at the break. A change to a 3-5-2 formation is likely against tougher opponents, but with Radja Nainggolan not in the squad, finding the right player to compliment both De Bruyne and Witsel will be a tough task. Lukaku timed his run perfectly to latch onto the through ball for a tidy finish.

Mertens is no slouch himself, as his exploits at club level with Napoli have shown.

For the tiny country with a population of 40 lakh, reaching the World Cup itself a dream come true. Their service includes Fox Sports 1, Fox and Telemundo (in most markets) so you can stream the game with English or Spanish commentary.

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