FIFA 19 Ultimate Team: Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba Headline Strong TOTW 28

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2019

Belgium's forward Eden Hazard runs with the ball during the Euro 2020 Group I football qualification match between Cyprus and Belgium at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, on March 24, 2019. (Photo by Matthieu CLAVEL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MATTHIEU CLAVEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Players of FIFA 19's Ultimate Team mode will be able to collect upgraded cards for Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba this week following their inclusion in Team of the Week 28 on Wednesday.

Hazard scored three times in Belgium's UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Russia and Cyprus, helping his side win 3-1 and 2-0, respectively.  

Two strong showings from Pogba helped France beat Moldova 4-1 and Iceland 4-0.

The pair are joined in TOTW 28 by Netherlands forward Memphis Depay, Spain left-back Jordi Alba and Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder Miralem Pjanic.

Raheem Sterling was a notable omission despite his hat-trick for England against the Czech Republic on March 22 and another goal in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro.

Here's the full lineup, courtesy of EA Sports:


New #TOTW, based on International performances. #FUT https://t.co/ux6UJ7841j


Hazard Sinks Russia and Cyprus

After Russia's Denis Cheryshev had cancelled out Youri Tielemans' opener in Belgium's first game of the international break, Hazard won and dispatched a penalty to put the Red Devils ahead at half-time.

The Chelsea winger pounced on a loose ball to secure Belgium's victory in the second half.

On top of the goals, Hazard also impressed with a creative and skilful performance:


😍 This deft touch by Eden Hazard wins Skill of the Day 👌 #EURO2020 #HisenseSkills @HisenseSports https://t.co/VqqOJa8bDo

Cyprus had a similarly difficult time containing him, and he curled them in front inside 10 minutes.

It was a milestone match for Hazard:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Eden Hazard for Belgium: 🇧🇪 100 games ⚽ 30 goals A goal on his 100th game. https://t.co/SeGPCdMhfr

The 28-year-old's reward for his efforts sees him receive a superlative 94-rated card on FUT.

The upgrade reaffirms his status as one of the best dribblers in the game with a 97 rating for that attribute, while his 94 pace, 91 passing and 88 shooting illustrate the threat he can pose in the final third.

As for Pogba, he capped two impressive performances for Les Bleus with a sublime assist for Antoine Griezmann against Moldova:

Sky Sports Football @SkyFootball

😍 - Oh, Paul Pogba. What an assist for the @ManUtd midfielder as Griezmann slams it in from close range! 🎁 https://t.co/rNcQZr74Sh


What an assist by Paul Pogba! [US & CAR only] https://t.co/z2kRGLzdFZ

He was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet himself after forcing a fine save from Moldova's Alexei Koselev, but he was involved throughout with some incisive passing.

French football writer Jeremy Smith picked him out for praise after France's second match:

Jeremy Smith @jeremysmith98

This was an excellent team performance though. Lloris with a couple of good saves, both full backs solid behind and bringing lots to attack, Kante and Pogba imperious and Giroud still excelling in the pivot role that allows the others to orbit and create around him.

Pogba's upgraded card has an overall rating of 91. That's the same as his passing attribute, while he also has 89 dribbling and 90 physicality.

If you're after a midfielder who can combine technical brilliance with robust physicality, look no further.