Making their debut in the World Cup event, Panama managed to secure a place in the final after edging past United States, Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago in the qualifying duels by scoring only nine goals in their 10 matches. Currently No. 3 in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, Belgium has a dream line-up, oozing with talent and confidence, which topped their qualifying group by winning 9 out of their 10 matches.
Viewing figures have revealed that 99.6% of all people watching TV in Iceland during their opening game against Argentina were tuned into the football. After a goalless draw against Portugal, they defeated both Egypt and Costa Rica by three goals with the latter created to prepare Roberto Martinez' side for this fixture.
It took the Belgian side until the second half to break down Panama, with Dries Mertens breaking the deadlock early in the second half.
Chelsea star Hazard set up Lukaku's second goal, as the Red Devils overcame a hard first half in the Group G encounter.
Perhaps the greatest concern for Belgium is in defence.
Even without Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen, Belgium will be far too good for debutants Panama.
Lukaku, who was put through to the goal by Bruyne against run-a-play, failed to beat Panedo in a one-on-one situation. His 21-year old replacement, Ricardo Avila, brings the average age of the squad down from the oldest to the fifth most elderly in the competition.
"We are a team that is very organized, we play tactically", Gomez said.
The game was marked by 35 fouls and eight yellow cards, five for Panama and three for Belgium but neither side could be accused of dirty play and Gomez said England could expect more of the same in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday. Yet, since March, their approach has been clear for all to see. Gareth Southgate's side seemed primed for an extremely on-brand draw, having dominated the vast majority of the match only to see their profligacy in front of goal punished by a harsh penalty decision. Yet it is their aggressive nature that has raised a few eyebrows and such physical displays are expected to be in evidence again on Monday evening.
TheWord Cup 2018 game between Belgium and Panama will kick off in Fisht Stadium on Monday 18 2018 at 17:00 CEST.
"For us as a team it was really important to start well and win the game, which is the most important thing, not the individual performances, as a team we know we have a lot of qualities". We are not as fit as the European players.