Eden Hazard sends honest message to Man United star

Heather Diaz
June 24, 2018

Lukaku's absence would be a blow to Belgium's hopes against England, with top spot in the group likely to be up for grabs.

So if you had two incredibly cynical managers in charge of England and Belgium, both teams could play for a goalless draw and try to get their entire team, plus substitutes if required, booked, in an attempt to swerve the favourites.

Speaking after the match, Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard laid some of the blame for their struggles at the door of Lukaku, telling the BBC "it was not easy playing with a man missing" but when he was in the game he created some "magic". "He did it again today and I'm happy I matched his performance". "We are a team who link up well when we are in front of goal and there were good combinations, but we still have work to do".

England and Belgium face the peculiar prospect of finishing dead level in Group G. After two matches, they both have six points, a goal difference of +6 and eight goals to boot.

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Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed that Lukaku is now playing with confidence.

"For his second, he dinks it over the goalkeeper with his weaker foot and he's celebrating before it even crosses the line - supremely confident".

"England can, without a doubt, more than hold themselves against this Belgium team". This feat made them the first teammates to score twice in the same World Cup game since Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle accomplished the feat in the 2014, when Germany destroyed Brazil 7-1 in the semi-final.

The goal gave Lukaku 40 career global scores.

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