Michy Batshuayi was on the receiving end of a Hazard brothers wind up ahead of Belgium’s match against Cyprus on Tuesday night.
Eden and Thorgan Hazard joked with Batshuayi that he would not get a chance to touch the ball when they played together for the national side, reports football.london.
The Hazard brothers started a game for the Red Devils together for the very first time as Belgium wrapped up a successful World Cup qualifying campaign which saw them finish top of Group H with an unbeaten record.
Both siblings were on target as Belgium recorded their ninth win of the qualifying campaign, with a draw against group runners up Greece the only blemish on an otherwise perfect record.
Borussia Monchengladbach playmaker Thorgan scored his first goal for the national side, with an Eden Hazard brace coming either side of his younger brother’s strike.
After the game, Thorgan told reporters of his pre-match message to Batshuayi and that he was unhappy that Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku found the net to ruin the Hazard family’s monopoly on Belgian goals that night.
“Before the game, we had told Michy he wouldn’t touch the ball because we were going to play with each other all the time,” Thorgan said, as translated by ESPN.
“In the end, it’s a shame Romelu [Lukaku] scored at the end, otherwise there would have only been the name Hazard on the scoresheet.
“Eden had told me to put in a good performance, and I think it was. It’s just a shame I missed two chances, but it’s not too bad to score once from three opportunities.”
Having scored once and connected well with his brother, the 24-year-old is now aiming for a place in the World Cup squad next summer.
“I know there is a lot of competition for places in my position, but I hope to be picked for the World Cup,” he said.
“But there are a lot of things that can happen between now and then.”