Hazard and Benteke criticised by Belgium coach

Date published: Monday 7th September 2015 8:40

Eden Hazard: Scored Belgium's winner in Cyprus

Eden Hazard: Scored Belgium's winner in Cyprus

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots singled out Eden Hazard and Christian Benteke for criticism after a 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Cyprus.

Hazard scored four minutes from time to earn Belgium a victory in Nicosia which moved them to within a point of Group B leaders Wales, but Wilmots was not impressed by the Chelsea winger’s performance.

Wilmots said: “He (Hazard) was the worst tonight. I thought about substituting him, but in the last 10 minutes he always has the ability to do that. At the World Cup, this was the case. I obviously expect more from him, but he will grow as the season progresses.

“We won two games in a row but this is the poorest team performance I have seen and we will try to rectify the issue.”

Benteke, meanwhile, was replaced at half-time by his Liverpool team-mate Divock Origi.

Asked why Benteke was substituted Wilmots said the striker had put in a “half-performance”.

Eight of Belgium’s starting XI against Cyprus were Premier League players, with Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini and Manchester City new boy Kevin De Bruyne also featuring.

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