Eden Hazard accuses Man United star of ‘hiding’

Eden Hazard accuses Romelu Lukkau of "hiding" during the first half of Belgium's win over Panama

Eden Hazard
Chelsea FC star Eden Hazard Photo: Nike

Eden Hazard has accused Romelu Lukaku of “hiding” during the first half of Belgium’s World Cup opener against Panama on Tuesday.

The Chelsea and Manchester United stars both helped their national team to kick off their World Cup campaign in Russia with the three points, as Lukaku netted twice in the second half for Roberto Martinez’s men.

Hazard and Lukaku will be hoping to form a fruitful partnership up front for the Belgian Red Devils as they look to progress as far as possible into the tournament.

And the Chelsea FC playmaker has revealed that he offered Lukaku some advice during the game before the Manchester United striker netted his brace against Panama.

Hazard is quoted as saying by Metro: “I told Romelu at half time that we needed him. He was hiding away on his own up front in the first half.

“Even though we have good players, it is not easy for us to play with a man short.

“Once he got involved in the game, as if by magic, he scored two goals. I hope he will understand.

“He did not have a bad game. He scored twice, so everyone is happy. It is good for his confidence. But I want him to try to get more involved in the game, especially during the first half – as we know what he can do.”

Both Hazard and Lukaku will be expecting to feature for the Red Devils when they take on England in their crunch final group game later this month.

Hazard was influential in helping Chelsea FC to win the FA Cup title last season as he scored the winner against Manchester United in the final at Wembley.

However, the Blues will not be playing in the Champions League next season after they ended up in fifth place in the Premier League table last term.

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