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Eden Hazard limps off as Romelu Lukaku scores twice in Belgium’s final World Cup warm-up



Belgium's forward Eden Hazard limps off the field.A RAMPANT Romelu Lukaku scored twice and set up a third goal as Belgium closed its World Cup preparations in style by demolishing Costa Rica 4-1 on Monday. Belgium bests Costa Rica The e win sends a strong message to fellow Group G battlers England, who only beat Costa Rica 2-0 in their final warm-up last week.
Dries Mertens opened the scoring for the Red Devils before striker Romelu Lukaku took his international tally to 36 in 69 matches with a volley and header either side of halftime. Substitute Michy Batshuayi completed the Belgium scoring in the 64th thanks to a pass from Lukaku. Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku (C) celebrates with teammates. Eden Hazard tormented Costa Rica with his instant control and darting runs while fellow midfielder Kevin De Bruyne cut through the defence with his trademark incisive passing. Belgium fans, players and coaches looked worried after Hazard limped off in the 70th after a couple of tough challenges. “He got a knock, but that happens to him a lot,” Lukaku said of the midfielder who often endures rough treatment from defenders.Belgium's forward Eden Hazard. Costa Rica, one of the surprise packages of the last World Cup where it reached the quarterfinals, took a surprise lead at King Baudouin Stadium through a Bryan Ruiz volley, but was outclassed for much of the match. “We shouldn’t have conceded the goal, it can be tough to score at tournaments,” Mertens said. “But we’ve proved today that we can play very good football.” Belgium's forward Dries Mertens celebrates after scoring a goal. The pick of the Belgium goals was Lukaku’s second, early in the second half. Hazard started the move, fed De Bruyne, who threaded a perfectly weighted pass to Nacer Chadli. The midfielder looked up, saw Lukaku and Mertens in the middle, and chipped a cross toward them. Lukaku leapt in front of Mertens to power a header past Keylor Navas.Belgium's forward Michy Batshuayi (R) celebrates with Romelu Lukaku (L). Belgium was again without centre back Vincent Kompany, who suffered a groin injury just over a week ago in a warm-up against Portugal. Coach Roberto Martinez has given Kompany until the day before Belgium’s opening match in Russia, against Panama next Monday, to prove his fitness. Belgium also plays Tunisia and England in Group G.
Costa Rica opens its World Cup campaign against Group E opponent Serbia before matches with Brazil and Switzerland.
Belgium's star-studded line-up.
Eden Hazard limps off as Romelu Lukaku scores twice in Belgium’s final World Cup warm-up Eden Hazard limps off as Romelu Lukaku scores twice in Belgium’s final World Cup warm-up Reviewed by Comr Richard on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Rating: 5

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