WORLD CUP FOCUS: Belgium’s Eden Hazard wants to see Egypt star Mohamed Salah play in Russia

WORLD CUP FOCUS: Belgium’s Eden Hazard wants to see Egypt star Mohamed Salah play in Russia
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah leaves the pitch injured during the UEFA Champions League Final at the NSK Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jun 07, 2018. 16:00

Belgium captain Eden Hazard was pleased to see his side secure a convincing victory over Egypt at King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils thrashed the Pharoahs 3-0 in Egypt’s final preparatory friendly game ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

Goals from Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini helped Belgium humble Egypt on the night.

Speaking to ON Sport Channel after the game, Hazard lauded the Pharaohs and he stated that the African giants have good players despite the absence of their star man Mohamed Salah.

“Egypt have good players. We managed to take control of the match and scored an early goal which made things easier for ourselves,” Hazard said.

“We are glad about defeating Egypt 3-0. I wish Salah the best and hope he returns. I will support Egypt in the World Cup for him. Egypt are so different without Salah but they still performed well with compact lines.

The speedy attacker revealed that he sent Salah a message after the Liverpool FC winger had sustained a shoulder during the English side’s 3-1 defeat to Spanish giants Real Madrid in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League final in Ukraine last month.

“Their playing style is close to that of Tunisia,” Hazard, who plies his trade in England for Premier League giants Chelsea, continued.

“I spoke with Salah after the Champions League final and sent him a message, as I said he is my friend and I want to see him in the World Cup.”

Belgium are in Group G alongside England, Panama and Tunisia at the global tournament, while Egypt were pitted against tournament hosts Russia, Uruguany and Saudi Arabia.

The prestigious tournament will be played between June 14 and July 15.

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