Belgium 4-1 Costa Rica

Los Ticos' advantage lasted only seven minutes, though.

Costa Rica took the lead through captain Bryan Ruiz after 24 minutes, but were behind by half time as Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku responded.

Geancarlo Gonzalez produced a fine tackle to keep out Eden Hazard's shot and Dedryck Boyata glanced a set-piece wide from a promising position, but then came the sucker-punch as Bryan Ruiz produced a fine left-footed finish.

But that was the visitor's only effort of note, and seemed to compose the home side, who took charge nearly immediately.

"It's going to be hard, but it's possible we'll become world champions, we have the players and the coaching staff for it, some of us play in the best clubs in the world and are in the top of the league", he told t-online. To get the latest soccer news, text "SPORTS" to 22840.

Mertens turned provider for Belgium's second before the break, sending in a right-wing cross that Lukaku - who had seen an earlier on-target attempt kept out by Keylor Navas' face - turned home.

Soon after, the Manchester United forward pounced from inside the box to head home Mertens' cross five minutes after the break.

Half-time sub Nacer Chadli hung a cross towards the edge of the six-yard box and Lukaku showed good desire to get on the end of it and power his header past Navas.

Costa Rica struggled to contain the movement of the Belgian attack, who always looked capable of opening up their opponents when stepping through the gears.

Belgium begin their World Cup campaign against Panama on Monday, while Costa Rica face Serbia in their first game in Group E on Sunday.

England, you have been warned.

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