Belgium became one of the favorites in the 2018 World Cup and it is only natural that they will win an easy victory over Panama debutants in their opening Group G match at Fisht Olympic Stadium on Monday (18/06/2018). In terms of player quality, Panama clearly lost the class.
But the first half went unchallenged by Belgian plans, when dominance in the opening 15 minutes just disappeared and they were in trouble for 45 minutes. Even Panama several times able to trouble the Belgian defense through attack.
The first half was thoroughly goalless and Belgium was on the verge of following the footsteps of some great teams that stumbled in the inaugural game. However, Belgium was able to break the deadlock two minutes after the break through Dries Mertens.
After that, Belgium able to play more freely and able to add two more goals through Romelu Lukaku to finish the game with a 3-0 victory.
In a press conference after the game also attended detikSport, Martinez admitted the panic had plagued his team especially they failed to score quickly as desired. However, teamtalk in the locker room at half-time succeeded in defeating it.
“It’s not an easy game, we played well in the first 15 minutes of the first half and Panama played effectively in defense, we panicked a bit afterwards and could not master the game well. – hunters, “Martinez said.
“I do not think there is a team that does not want to win, we try to score as fast as we can but we are not able to do that We are aware that Panama is not a defeated team but we as a top team must play calmly, structured and not panicked, “he continued.
Panama gave 45 minutes of resistance but our players were able to perform well for 90 minutes to finally win. The first goal (Mertens) is very important, “he concluded.