Hazard, Lukaku on target as Belgium thrash Salah-less Egypt

An inspired first-half performance from Chelsea’s Eden Hazard guided England’s World Cup opponents Belgium to a friendly victory over Egypt.

By SportBrief Reporter

Hazard scored their second goal while Manchester United pair Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini also struck.

Egypt’s Mohamed Salah missed the match in Brussels as the Liverpool forward recovers from a shoulder injury.

Hazard created the first goal on 27 minutes, bursting into space and unleashing a fierce shot which Egypt keeper Essam El-Hadary parried into the path of Lukaku, who converted from close range.

Dries Mertens and Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne showed a fluidity in their play that will concern England manager Gareth Southgate, but it was Hazard who added the second goal on 38 minutes.

The Chelsea forward, 27, turned from provider to finisher as he side-footed Yannick Carrasco’s cross past the sprawling El-Hadary from close range.

Belgium continued to dominate after the interval and midfielder Fellaini added a third in stoppage time, after some clever footwork from Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi.

Without Salah, Egypt lacked a cutting edge in attack, while Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany watched from the stands after suffering a groin injury during Belgium’s goalless draw with Portugal on Saturday.

Egypt have now completed their warm-up schedule and open their World Cup campaign against Uruguay on 15 June.

Belgium have one friendly with Costa Rica remaining on Monday, before their Group G opener against Panama on 18 June.

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