Euro 2016: Hazard awaits Wales challenge in quarterfinal clash

  • AFP, Toulouse France
  • Updated: Jun 27, 2016 13:45 IST
Wales celebrating a goal during Euro 2016. (REUTERS)

Chelsea star Eden Hazard said Belgium are hoping to keep the Euro 2016 party going with a win over Wales in Lille on Friday but said their 4-0 rout of Hungary will be hard to beat.In an impressive man of the match performance Hazard hit his maiden goal of the tournament as the Red Devils proved far too hot to handle for an outclassed Hungary side.

While they limp out of their first major finals in three decades with good memories of winning Group F and making the last 16, Belgium’s hopes for their first final since 1980 are growing.

Hazard can’t wait to play in Lille, a northern French city close to the Belgian border where he starred for four seasons before moving to England.

But he said: “Doing better than tonight would be difficult, I think. Everything was almost perfect. We scored goals, we created a lot of chances, we helped Thibaut(Courtois) keep a clean sheet.”All in all it was a great night, but we made it easy for ourselves. We created a lot of chances from the start.”In the second half we killed off the match. To do better will be hard. But we’ll try.”

A dominant Belgium go into the European Championship quarter-finals for the first time since losing the 1980 final, but now have to beat an impressive Wales side if they are to make the last four.

Going on this performance, Belgium will fancy their chances although Hazard admitted Wales, and their Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale, could be “complicated”.

“They’re a complicated side to play against. We played them in the qualifiers, we haven’t beaten them I don’t think,” he added.

“I know there will be a lot of supporters from Belgium there and I hope Friday we’ll have a big party there as well. I hope we have a good match.”

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