Belgium's Romelu Lukaku first to score back-to-back World Cup braces since Maradona
Romelu Lukaku became the first player in 32 years to score multiple goals in consecutive World Cup finals matches with his two strikes for Belgium in their 5-2 victory over Tunisia Saturday.
The Manchester United striker followed up his second-half brace in Monday's 3-0 victory over Panama with two goals against Group G opponents Tunisia in Moscow, putting him level with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the 2018 tournament scoring charts.
Belgium's all-time top scorer became the first player to achieve the feat since Diego Maradona at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico -- the Argentina great did so en route to lifting the trophy.
Other players to score at least two goals in back-to-back World Cup matches include Brazil legends Garrincha and Pele, 1986 Golden Boot winner Gary Lineker, Argentina's Mario Kempes, West Germany forward Gerd Muller and Portugal great Eusebio.
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Eden Hazard's sixth-minute penalty to give Belgium the lead against Tunisia set a new World Cup record for the longest run of matches at a finals without a goalless draw.
Chelsea forward Hazard's goal ensured that all of the first 27 matches in Russia had at least one goal scored in them, beating the 64-year-old record of 26 matches set at the 1954 finals in Sweden, when every match had at least one goal.
Hazard's penalty -- his first goal at a World Cup finals - was the 59th goal scored in Russia this summer and the 13th to be netted from the penalty spot.
The record for most goals scored at a World Cup finals is 171, which was set at the 1998 tournament in France and was matched four years ago in Brazil.
The record of 18 goals scored via spot kicks at a World Cup finals is shared by the 1990, 1998 and 2002 competitions -- the former was a 24-team finals featuring 52 matches played, while the latter two editions came after the expansion to 32 teams and 64 matches.
Information from ESPN's Stats & Information Group was used in this report
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