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Eden Hazard was the 'worst player on the pitch' says Belgium boss after Cyprus struggle

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Belgium boss Marc Wilmots hit out at Chelsea's Eden Hazard as well as Liverpool striker Christian Benteke for their efforts during his side's laboured 1-0 win against Cyprus last night.

The match appeared to be drifting towards a 0-0 draw which would have meant Wales sealed their qualification for Euro 2016 from Group B before Hazard saved the Red Devils' blushes with an 85th minute strike.

That means Belgium are now one just point behind Chris Coleman's side, who recorded a 0-0 draw against Israel in Cardiff earlier on, at the top of the group with two games remaining.

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Despite the fact that Hazard was the man to break the deadlock it couldn't save him from Wilmots' criticism, who admitted he was close to substituting the Chelsea ace before he scored.

"He (Hazard) was the worst tonight,' said the former midfielder. "I thought about substituting him, but in the last 10 minutes he always has the ability to do that. At the World Cup, this was the case."

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Benteke wasn't spared in Wilmots' assessment after the game either following the Liverpool man's substitution at half time.

Asked why Benteke had been subbed off at half-time, the Belgium boss claimed it was because he'd only given a 'half-performance' having been injured in the build up to the key game.

Struggles

Hazard has been critical of his own performances for Chelsea this season. The Blues have struggled in the Premier League and have managed just four points from four games. The former Lille star was named the PFA Player of the Year last time round but has been unable to help his side hit the ground running as they look to defend their Premier League crown.

He admitted: "It's obvious. You don't need to know too much about football to compare what I did last season and what I did this season. I'm not as good.

"It's more of a collective problem than an individual one. We're professionals. We knew this season was going to be more difficult... but within the squad we have the quality to bounce back."

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