England were sent a chilling reminder of what awaits them in Russia has their group G opponents Belgium came from behind as they cruised to a 4-1 victory over Costa Rica in their final warm up match.
Without the injured Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany the Belgium side containing a large amount of premier league stars scored two goals in each half as they prepared for next weeks opening game against Panama on Monday while Costa Rica, who where also England’s final warm up game days earlier face Serbia in their opening game on Sunday.
The match started well for the South American side as Bryan Ruiz volleyed in the opening goal shortly before the 25 minute mark after a poor clearance from Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen however, the lead was only temporary as Belgium seemed to up the tempo and when Eden Hazard’s deflected effort fell at the feet of Dries Mertens the Napoli striker calmly tapped the ball into the net to equalise.
By now Belgium were easily on top and with Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne causing havoc in midfield it wasn’t long before they took the lead, as Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku connected with Mertens cross to give them a 2-1 lead going into the break.
The Manchester United hit man was on target again soon after the second half restart, this time the United hitman towered over the Costa Rica defence to head the ball past their goal keeper Keylor Navas.
With Lukaku now leading the attack, he unselfishly turned provider for Belgium’s fourth and final goal of the night as he took the costa Rican defence on before squaring the ball up to Michy Batshuayi who had the simple job of tapping the ball into the net. With a three goal lead Lukaku was soon rested, while Hazard caused some concern to the Belgium faithful as he limped of the pitch with 20 mins remaining, although Belgium boss Roberto Martinez was quick to calm supporters fears, stating it was a dead leg and nothing to worry about!
Off the back of this performance all eyes will be on their third and final group match against England on Thursday 28th June as on this form that should be the game that decides top spot.