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Marouane Fellaini of all people proves to be top finisher at Belgium training

Marouane Fellaini training with Belgium ahead of the World Cup.
Marouane Fellaini usually scores with his head but at Belgium training he proved he's capable of more than just headers.

Belgium's stars earned a peaceful day off after their 3-0 World Cup-opening win over Panama Monday night. The players arrived back to their hotel in Moscow early Tuesday morning and had the luxury of enjoying a long nap.

Unfortunately for the substitutes, they weren't quite as lucky. It was a closed-door training session for the rest of the side but there was some fun had at the end of training. Manager Roberto Martinez had the players complete a "finishing" exercise before the eyes of the Belgian...

 By Arch Bell

World Cup Daily: Harry Kane to the rescue; Belgium cruise; Mohamed Salah watch

Shaka Hislop believes that Romelu Lukaku's double will do wonders for his confidence.

Monday at the World Cup saw Harry Kane lead England to a win over Tunisia, while Belgium flexed their attacking muscles against first-timers Panama. Elsewhere, Sweden topped disappointing South Korea.

The big story: Kane you believe it? England win!

It looked like more bad headlines -- "England remember that they are England and draw with Tunisia" is what I had written -- but Harry Kane showed that, indeed, this is a different England. The captain scored two goals on his World Cup debut, doubling...

Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens fire Belgium off to a winning start vs. Panama

A sublime Dries Mertens volley and two Romelu Lukaku goals gave Belgium a straightforward 3-0 victory over Panama.
Shaka Hislop gives his verdict on how impressive Romelu Lukaku and Belgium were to dispatch Panama and avoid an early World Cup slip-up.
FIFA World Cup: Dries Mertens (47') Belgium 1-0 Panama

Belgium huffed and puffed in a goalless first half before finally blowing Panama's door down in the second with three goals.

Belgium found the breakthrough in the 47th minute through a stunning volley from Dries Mertens and doubled the advantage inside of 70 through the head of Romelu Lukaku, following a lovely move and outside-of-the-boot pass from Kevin De Bruyne.

Lukaku made it three just six minutes later, chipping Panamanian goalkeeper Jaime Penedo after being sent in alone by Eden Hazard via...

Belgium finally break Panama down as De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku deliver

Shaka Hislop gives his verdict on how impressive Romelu Lukaku and Belgium were to dispatch Panama and avoid an early World Cup slip-up.

SOCHI, Russia -- Belgium defeated Panama 3-0 in the World Cup opener for both sides in Group G. Here are three thoughts on the Red Devils' victory:

1. Belgium made to work but get the job done

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez had warned that this was a match that "we can't expect to win quickly," and his words proved prophetic. In terms of possession, Belgium had its way with Panama and had little difficulty forcing turnovers in the attacking half. But in the first half, a combination of sharp goalkeeping...

 By Simon Kuper

Roberto Martinez: If Belgium can become a team we can shine at the World Cup

LONDON -- Of all the teams that have never lifted a World Cup, Belgium look best placed to win their first in Russia. The country boasts a golden generation of players, led by Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard. Their main rival in the first-round group is England, which happens to be the country where Belgium's coach Roberto Martinez has spent almost his entire career in football.

Martinez managed Swansea, Wigan and Everton before moving to Belgium in 2016 to take over the Red Devils. He lives just...

Underdogs Panama aim to emulate Mexico against powerhouse Belgium

The last few minutes of Germany v Mexico were nail-biting for everyone in the room. There was a loud groan when Manuel Neuer went up for the corner kick, given his reputation of being more than a keeper. And when the final whistle went, giving Mexico an unexpected and fully deserved win over the World Cup holders, Panama's president Juan Carlos Varela led the cheering, then shook hands with others in the Sochi bar watching along with him.

Varela's upbeat mood was understandable. Panama know...