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Belgium vs. Tunisia: Score, Report and Post-Match Reaction

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Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterJune 7, 2014

Dries Mertens scored a late winner as Belgium wrapped up preparations for the FIFA World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Tunisia on Saturday in an international friendly at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

Mertens, a half-time substitute, netted the game's only goal in the 89th minute, finishing in the bottom corner from Nacer Chadli's cross.

Tunisia had forward Issam Jemaa sent off in the 63rd minute for his second bookable offence.

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Belgium finished their pre-World Cup schedule with three wins in as many matches after defeating Luxembourg and Sweden, but the Red Devils received potentially bad news in the closing moments as striker Romelu Lukaku limped off with what appeared to be an injury.

The match, which was delayed by a hailstorm in the first half, served as Belgium's final tune-up before the World Cup. Coach Marc Wilmots' side have been drawn as the seeded team into Group H.

Belgium will open their World Cup campaign against Algeria on June 17 in Belo Horizonte, before wrapping up group play against Russia (June 22) and South Korea (June 26).

Once they arrive in Brazil, Belgium will be looking to improve on the round-of-16 finish in their previous appearance in 2002. The Red Devils' best finish was fourth place in 1986.

Tunisia did not qualify for the World Cup.

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