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Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard will take centre stage on Sunday at the Estadio Maracana as Belgium look to book their place in the knockout phase of the World Cup by beating Russia.
The 23-year-old turned in a performance worthy of Man of the Match on Tuesday as the Red Devils came from behind to overcome Algeria 2-1. Hazard was particularly influential in the second half as Belgium scored twice in the last 20 minutes, including creating Dries Mertens' winner.
Now, though, the little attacking midfielder has another chance to prove wrong some of the doubters back in his homeland by guiding Belgium through the group stages in what is their first appearance in the finals of a major international tournament in 12 years.
Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots has described Hazard as one of the top five footballers in the world, as Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror noted, but the player believes he needs to score more to justify that accolade, saying:
I never like to talk about myself in that way because, to be honest, I don't think I deserve it at the moment.
To be thought of as one of the best five in the world, I would need to score more goals for a start.
I would really need to score almost every game because that is what the best players in the world, like Messi and Ronaldo, do every season.
Against the North Africans in Belo Horizonte, Hazard was utilised on the left of a three-man forward line supporting lone frontman Romelu Lukaku. Wilmots is expected to go with the same formation against Russia.
Wilmots will therefore be hoping that his team can get the ball to last season's Premier League Young Player of the Year as often as possible, given Hazard's world-class dribbling skills and his ability to produce the unexpected at times.
Michael Cox of ESPN FC described the player who created an astonishing 92 chances in the Premier League last season this way: "Capable of assisting and scoring, passing and dribbling, Eden does everything with tremendous speed and manages to combine trickery with efficiency too."
And with the wide man's confidence surely sky-high after his World Cup debut, Russia could be in for a long evening in Rio de Janeiro.