Belgium struggled in the first half against Panama as Eden Hazard’s side couldn’t break down the World Cup newbie in the first half. However, a rampant Belgium side scored three goals in the second half to seal the victory, with a brace coming from Romelu Lukaku.
After the win, Hazard accused Lukaku of hiding in the game and admitted he was unhappy with Lukaku’s efforts in the first half and said it was difficult to play when your team was a man down.
The comments took fans by surprise and sparked rumours there could be a rift between the Chelsea star and the Manchester United striker, but Hazard has rubbished those talks and insisted it was aimed at making Lukaku better.
“As the captain, even if I am not the captain I can talk, on the pitch I try to give my best, if I can help players to be better – I will,” Hazard told Sky Sports.
“I just told Romelu [Lukaku] if we want to win the game we need him, not just as a scorer to score goals, but we want him to be involved in the build-up.
“We just talked normally and we won the game in the end so it was fine.”