Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku scored twice as star-studded Belgium proved too good for World Cup debutants Panama in their opening match in Group G.
After a goalless first half draw, Belgium finally broke Panama’s resistance when Dries Mertens steered in a spectacular volley which opened scoring for the European side.
Panama lost their chance of getting an equaliser asThibaut Courtois was quick off his line to save Michael Murillo’s shot with his legs.
Lukaku sealed victory as he scored with a diving header after an impressive pass came from Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne with the outside of his boot.
Lukaku then added a third with a spectacular finishing after a fine through ball from Chelsea’s Eden Hazard reached him.
Belgium will 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).