Roberto Martinez praises his team's commitment as Belgium win first game

Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen are battling injuries

Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen are battling injuries

They play Tunisia in the historic city of Volgograd on Monday evening knowing anything other than a win would scatter pre-tournament plans, with Belgium looming later in Group G.

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"You can not compare one player to another, but I just feel now we have players in great moments of their careers and they are ready to make a real mark in the World Cup".

Former technical director Akira Nishino, who played as a midfielder for the national side, was named to lead the Samurai Blue in Russian Federation, and has been in charge for just three games in the leadup to the tournament. "We're going to be adventurous and fearless".

As soon as the anthem ends, the truth will hit of what Torres and his teammates face. "We are strong, but so are England".

Kevin De Bruyne's impact was minimal, Lukaku was isolated and Jan Vertonghen was seen gesturing unhappily towards his team-mates. Belgian's all-time top scorer is in fine form, scoring 13 times in his last nine matches for his country. "We grew as a team", Martinez said at a press conference after the match. "I feel very confident".

This World Cup match is available in most nations through the rights holders' online platform, if they have one. In its next major tournament two years ago, Belgium was again ousted in the quarterfinals, this time by Wales in the 2016 European Championship.

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Belgium will be expected to win comfortably and tend to be hard to beat in the opening matches of World Cup tournaments.

The 55th-ranked Panama drew 0-0 with Northern Ireland and lost 1-0 to Norway in its final warm-up matches before travelling to Russian Federation.

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Hazard and De Bruyne combined brilliantly on the edge of the box, the latter's sublime floated cross to the back post providing Lukaku - who hit 11 goals in qualifying - a simple headed finish. The Red Devils had untill Sunday eveing to make any changes. Martinez said a decision on the fitness of both will be made 24 hours before the opener.

But stand-by option Laurent Ciman had already been allowed to travel back to Belgium on Saturday.

Experienced midfielder Gabriel Gomez, Panama's most-capped player with 141 appearances, will also play. Jaime Penedo in goal is 36, while Blas Perez up front is 37.

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