INTERNATIONALS: HAZARD MARKS CENTURY APPEARANCE WITH A GOAL. BATSHUAYI SCORES

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Eden Hazard had scored a brace in Belgium’s 3-1 win over Russia on Thursday, and the Belgium captain went on to score the opening goal in their 2-0 win against Cyprus.

It was a landmark occasion for Hazard, who took just ten minutes to score a goal in what was his hundredth appearance for his country.

Hazard scored the opening goal in Belgium’s Euro 2020 qualifying game against Cyprus when the ball broke to him inside the box, and he instinctively fired into the top right-hand corner to break the deadlock, which marked his 30th goal for Belgium, since making his debut for the Belgium national team as a 17-year-old.

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on loan to Crystal Palace, doubled the advantage for Belgium with a neat finish after Thorgan Hazard had slipped him in behind the Cypriot defence. That was the striker’s 13th goal in 25 games for Belgium.

With this scoreline, it’s now six points from a possible six at the start of Belgium’s qualifying campaign for next summer’s European Championships.

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger played the entire minutes as Germany beat the Netherlands 3-2. Rudiger played an important role in Germany’s second goal by playing an accurate long pass to set up Serge Gnabry’s brilliant goal that put the Germans 2-0 ahead before half-time. The hosts fought back after the interval to make it 2-2, but a last-minute winner from Hoffenheim’s Nico Schulz secured a memorable away win.

Mateo Kovacic was an unused sub as Croatia were surprisingly beaten in Hungary.

Back to Eden Hazard, the Chelsea star has joined a group of veteran players who have reached a century of international caps for their respective nations.

To name a few, the likes of Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole, Branislav Ivanovic, Petr Cech and Marcel Desailly have all made a century appearances for their national teams.

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