Lukaku, Hazard power Belgium past Sweden in Stockholm

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku celebrates his 34th-minute goal that proved to be the game-winner.
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STOCKHOLM (AP) - Goals by Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard gave Belgium a 2-0 win over Sweden in a World Cup warm-up game Sunday.

After a slow start, the Belgians took advantage of a Swedish defensive mistake that allowed Axel Witsel to set up Lukaku in the 34th minute.

Hazard easily rolled in the second goal in the 78th from a pass by Kevin De Bruyne.

Sweden, which played without injured star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, had its best chance in the 68th minute when Jimmy Durmaz hit the crossbar after a corner.

Expectations are high on Belgium's young team ahead of the World Cup, where it will face Russia, South Korea and Algeria in Group H.

Sweden failed to qualify for the World Cup after losing to Portugal in a playoff.

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