Hazard feared repeat of Wales’ Euro 2016 win in World Cup thriller

Eden Hazard feared Belgium could humour a repeat of their startle detriment to Wales during Euro 2016 when they trailed 2-0 to Japan during a World Cup.

Goals from Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui in a seven-minute spell after half-time put Japan on lane for their initial ever World Cup quarter-final.

But after a double change from Roberto Martinez, Jan Vertonghen headed Belgium a lifeline, with substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli afterwards completing a comeback.

Hazard set adult Fellaini for a equaliser though he conceded Belgium were disturbed they were streamer out of a contest in identical resources to their startle quarter-final detriment to Wales during Euro 2016.

“To be satisfactory we were meditative dual years ago opposite Wales,” Hazard told a news conference. “But we were also meditative that we could measure goals to win.

“We have players who can change a game, players on a representation and from a dais can make a difference. Today we’re only happy to have won a diversion and to go on to a quarter-final.

“During a initial 20 to 25 mins of a initial half, we were utterly good. But what went wrong was during a commencement of a second half – this is where we conceded dual goals. And those dual goals were avoidable.

“We had some small defensive errors though a greeting we showed tonight was great. Maybe we indispensable this form of compare for a future. We could have been eliminated, though we finished adult in a quarter-finals. So we’re all unequivocally happy.”

Brazil wait in Kazan on Friday, with Hazard set to come opposite Chelsea team-mate Willian.

“Now when it comes to a [next] compare it is going to be magnificent,” Hazard added. 

“Playing opposite Brazil is always extraordinary for players. We are going to rest unequivocally good and try to win that match.

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