Danger hones World Cup kind in win over Egypt

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Pharaohs go down without star gamer Salah

By AFP|Released: 15:14 June 7, 2018

Belgium’s forward Michy Batshuayi (L) celebrates with the Red Devil Mascott at the end of the international friendly football match between Belgium and Egypt at the King Baudouin Stadium, in Brussels, on June 6, 2018

Brussels: Eden Danger scored as soon as and assisted on another goal in a 3-0 pre-World Cup friendly win over Egypt on Wednesday that gave concerned Belgium fans hope of a promising World Cup project.

Attracted Group G consisting of England, Tunisia and tournament debutants Panama, Belgium are expected to cruise into the 2nd round of the June 14-July 15 showpiece.

Embattled coach Roberto Martinez has yet to win over fans, and is sweating over the physical fitness of crucial defenders Thomas Vermaelen (thigh injury) and Vincent Kompany (groin injury).

Facing an Egypt side shorn of Liverpool star Mohammad Salah, recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in a 3-1 Champions League last defeat to Real Madrid, Belgium was given an opportunity to spot over some recent problems throughout their preparation period.

Belgium had a hard time to a scoreless draw recently versus a Portugal side missing out on striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Martinez, who has actually sidelined Roma star Radja Nainggolan, has dealt with a lot of criticism in the Belgian media.

Missing Out On Salah, Europe’s Golden Boot winner last season, Egypt’s goalscoring chances were immediately annihilated.

Even a characteristically strong defensive display by the Pharaohs wasn’t enough to include Hazard, who played only the opening half, and the visitors at times appeared well listed below par.

An exceptional ball from the Chelsea midfield star discovered Romelu Lukaku in space on 27 minutes and the Manchester United striker without delay scored his 34th goal for the national side.

Seven minutes prior to the interval Yannick Carrasco turned provider for Risk to hit his 22nd objective for Belgium in 80 appearances.

In the last seconds another Premier League gamer, Manchester United forward Marouane Fellaini, hit Belgium’s third to cap what was a far more encouraging performance from Belgium.

Panama saw their hopes of a morale-boosting pre-tournament win fall apart after just four minutes in a 1-0 defeat to Norway.

Hernan Dario Gomez’s guys will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes after this newest setback ahead of the June 14-July 15 masterpiece.

At the Ulleval arena in Oslo, Norway, who is not getting approved for the World Cup, took a fourth-minute through Joshua King.

Worryingly for Panama, the visitors had a hard time to develop scoring opportunities, compounding a pre-World Cup preparation that has produced draws with Wales (1-1) and Northern Ireland (0-0) and beats to Iran (2-1), Denmark (1-0) and Switzerland (6-0).

Panama kick off their project against Belgium in Sochi on June 18, the same day Group G opponents Tunisia host England.