Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard help Belgium thrash Cyprus

Eden Hazard and Thorgan Hazard have scored three goals between them to set Belgium on the way to a 4-0 win over Cyprus in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Brussels.

The Red Devils, already assured of a place in Russia next year, took the lead through the older Hazard brother, who found space on the edge of the box on 12 minutes to drill an effort low inside the right-hand post.

Thorgan, in Belgium’s starting XI alongside his brother for the first time, then doubled the hosts’ advantage seven minutes after the restart, slotted into an unguarded net from close range after a shot rebounded off a defender.

In the 63rd minute, Cypriot defender Giorgios Merkis gave away a penalty, which the Chelsea attacker rattled beyond the outstretched arm of goalkeeper Kostas Panayi, who got a hand on the ball but could not keep it out.

The rout at the King Baudouin Stadium was rounded off with a goal from the fit-again Romelu Lukaku, who was brought on as a substitute by Roberto Martinez on 66 minutes and drilled home from Axel Witsel’s delivery 12 minutes later.

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard was back on the goal trail during Belgium’s win against Cyprus. Roberto Martinez’s side became the first European side to qualify for the tournament in September but the former Everton boss has picked strong sides in the country’s final two qualifiers. Hazard’s still finding his fitness after recovering from ankle surgery but there were positive signs for Chelsea fans as the winger opened the scoring against Cyprus with a finish from outside the box.

The 26-year-old then scored from the penalty spot to make it 3-0 after his brother Thorgan had put Belgium 2-0 up.

Vertonghen has accepted Hazard’s gesture for Belgium’s final World Cup qualifier against Cyprus tonight – with the Spurs defender captaining the Red Devils in Brussels.

Belgium have already qualified for the World Cup in Russia – becoming the first European side to do so following their 2-1 win against Greece in September – and are assured of winning Group H.

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