Despite losing their World Cup debut 3-0 to star-studded Belgium, Panama not only made its people proud but gave them a moment to cherish forever.
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Dries Mertens said it was a "big relief" to score his fine volley that put Belgium on their way to a 3-0 win over Panama to open the World Cup.
It took Belgium some time to finally break Panama down, but Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne all contributed to a comfy 3-0 win.
Belgium laboured for large periods but still ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against Panama in Sochi.
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Belgium see far beyond Monday's World Cup opener against debutants Panama but need a solid win to settle nerves and rack up goal difference.
Panama know that if Mexico, their group-mates in the North American qualifying zone, can pull off an upset, they too stand a chance against Belgium.
Any points earned in the group can be thought a plus, since it'll be near impossible to advance against the likes of Belgium, England and Tunisia.
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