Belgium 3 Egypt 0: Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Marouane Fellaini strike as England's World Cup opponents ...
By David Coverdale6th June 2018, 9:52 pmUpdated: 7th June 2018, 1:15 pm
EDEN HAZARD showed he is ready for Russia with a dazzling display against a Mo Salah-less Egypt.
The Belgium captain forced Romelu Lukakuâs opener and then scored himself despite receiving a roughing up from the physical Pharaohs.
And Hazardâs first-half heroics will come as a real World Cup warning to England â" even if some of his other superstar team-mates fell flat.
Lukaku, despite his tap-in goal, looked relatively rusty, and for once Kevin De Bruyneâs passing was not on point.
But Roberto Martinezâs men, who grabbed an injury-time third through Marouane Fellaini, have now gone 18 games unbeaten.
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With Salah still recovering from the shoulder injury he picked up in the Champions League final, it looks like Egyptâs World Cup Plan B will be brute force.
Hector Cuperâs side picked up two yellow cards in the first eight minutes for cynical hacks on Hazard and Yannick Carrasco.
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Dries Mertens forced an early save out of keeper Essam El-Hadary, who at 45 will become the World Cupâs oldest ever player.
Then Lukaku missed a glaring chance from Mertensâ cross but made amends in the 27th minute when El-Hadary could only palm Hazardâs 18-yard strike straight into his path.
Hazard scored a second seven minutes before the break with a left-footed finish after fine work from Carrasco down the left.
He was then hooked at half-time as boss Martinez replaced all of his first-choice front three, giving a run out to the fit-again Michy Batshuayi.
But it meant Belgium lost their rhythm, with only Carrasco forcing El-Hadary into a meaningful second-half save.