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#WC2018: Mertens goal gives Belgium 1-0 lead over Panama

Monday, June 18, 2018

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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — After struggling to find the net before halftime, Belgium needed only two minutes to open the scoring in the second half against newcomer Panama in Sochi.

Dries Mertens scored with a well-struck one-timer from just inside the area after the Panamanian defense failed to clear a ball.

Mertens' shot went over Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and into the top far corner.

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