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Belgiums Hazard vows to do better

23 Jun 2014 19:01:53

Belgiums Hazard vows to do better

Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard insisted Monday he will improve as the World Cup advances.

Hazard set up Divock Origi's late winning goal for the Red Devils against Russia on Sunday, a result that qualified Belgium for the knock-out stages.

Even so, the Chelsea star, 23, has not been pleased with his own performances in the Group H matches.

"I haven't played well yet at this World Cup but I've made a difference and that's what the coach has asked of me," Hazard told a team press conference in Mogi das Cruzes.

"I understand that people expect a lot of me and I know I can do better."

Hazard also created the winning goal for Dries Mertens in Belgium's 2-1 defeat of Algeria in their opening match.

"Making a difference twice at the end of a match shows that I'm fresh and that I feel good physically," added Hazard.

"But I hope the fans will see a better Eden Hazard than in the previous two games."

Hazard gave himself an 11 out of 20 for his performance against Russia: "Two out of 10 for the first 80 minutes and nine out of 10 for the end," he stipulated.

Meanwhile, centre-back Thomas Vermaelen could be fit again within a week, coach Marc Wilmots said.

"The scan showed Thomas Vermaelen has a hamstring strain. He's already started rehabilitation with the medical staff," said Wilmots.

"It's a strain. In six or seven days he'll be fit again and able to join the group.

"If that's the case I'll definitely use him again in this World Cup."

The Arsenal centre-back came off after just half an hour against Russia and will miss Belgium's final group match against South Korea in Sao Paulo on Thursday.


AFP

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