Belgium's golden generation has the makings of a contender this summer, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and more firepower under manager Roberto Martinez leading the Red Devils.
Hazard scored and starred in Belgium's 3-0 warm-up win against Egypt in Brussels on Wednesday night and, ahead of playing England in their final World Cup group game later this month, knows that he is no longer playing for a team of "dark horses" or underdogs. Egypt's hopes largely rely on one superstar, Mohamed Salah, but he is out for this match with an injured shoulder.
"I don't think our performance was ideal, far from it", said Belgium coach Roberto Martinez. "We could need to substitute him, but we hope that won't be the case", he explained. "But what I like is that when we make mistakes we've got the togetherness to try to overcome them and I don't think we had that before and that's very pleasing". The Premier League's top scorer has been named in Egypt's squad for the tournament in Russian Federation and coach Hector Cuper badly needs him.
"We are good players, we all play in the big games in England, in Italy and in Spain, so we know what to do". "So any team is going to miss the goal scoring threat of Mo Salah".More news: London Teen Becomes Britain's Youngest Convicted Female ISIS Terrorist
Drawn in World Cup Group G with England, Tunisia and tournament debutants Panama, Belgium are expected to comfortably advance into the second round.
Despite Salah insisting he is hopeful of participating in Russia, Egypt coach Hector Cuper admits he is planning on being unable to utilise the 25-year-old's goalscoring talents.
The move didn't only highlight the Liverpool forward's absence for Egypt; the space Mohsen found also underscored how Belgium could miss center back Vincent Kompany if he is not fit to play in Russian Federation.
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The Chelsea forward, 27, turned from provider to finisher as he side-footed Yannick Carrasco's cross past the sprawling El-Hadary from close range.
Martinez rested Lukaku and Hazard for the second half, giving Michy Batshuayi and Adnan Januzaj a chance to play themselves into favor.
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