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Eden Hazard produced a sublime piece of skill to fool three Bosnian opponents

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Belgium, who had already secured top spot in Group H, beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 in a thrilling encounter on Saturday night.

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini suffered a knee injury and is expected to miss out on next weekend's massive clash against Liverpool.

Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco grabbed the winner after Michy Batshuayi celebrated his first ever competitive Belgium start with a goal.

Despite playing on a terrible pitch, Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard also looked sharp following his return to full fitness.

His Italian boss Antonio Conte recently heaped praise on the 26-year-old following his incredible Man of the Match display against Atletico Madrid.

“In every game he finds a way to be decisive: to score or to make an assist for a team-mate,” said the head coach.

“I love this from him, and I ask it of him because, [when it comes to] a player with his talent, it’s important to ask him to be decisive every game. If God gives you this talent, you must exploit it. My task is to try and push him to be decisive in every moment, in every game."

Hazard takes out three Bosnia players

The former Lille star almost provided an assist for his Belgian teammate after duping three frantic defenders.

Batshuayi laid off his Chelsea teammate on the edge of the box, only for Hazard to see a better opportunity elsewhere.

Three Bosnia-Herzegovina players came charging at Hazard, who intelligently flicked the ball out of their reach - only a desperate goal-line clearance could stop the Chelsea man bagging an assist.

Despite disappointing at each of the two previous tournaments, Belgium are considered one of the favourites for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

“Sometimes, if Eden scores one goal, he’s happy and then, if there is another situation, he prefers to make an assist rather than scoring twice," said Conte. "I see with Ronaldo that if he scores once, he wants two, three, four. It’s the same for Messi. So, yes, Eden can improve. It’s not about being selfish. I don’t like selfish players. I like players who are used to thinking about the team and are used to thinking about ‘us’, not ‘me’. Eden is not selfish. He’s a player who loves to play football. I like this behaviour, this attitude. But, for sure, I like to repeat to him that in every game he must be decisive.”

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