Euro 2016: Hazard-inspired Belgium crush Hungary
Belgium set up a quarter-final against Wales with a superb Eden Hazard-inspired display in which he scored and assisted a goal respectively.
Eden Hazard of Belgium celebrates scoring his team's third goal with his teammates and staffs.
An early Toby Alderweireld header was the prelude to three late goals that sent Belgium past Hungary and into a UEFA Euro 2016 quarter-final against Wales.
Hungary had a pre-game blow when Laszlo Kleinheisler was injured in the warm-up and Adam Pinter was pressed into action. As if emboldened, Belgium started just as Wales did in beating Russia 3-0 in the last Toulouse group game, tearing into Hungary and taking the lead when Alderweireld rose to head in a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick.
Toby Alderweireld (2nd R) of Belgium heads the ball to score the opening goal against Hungary
Gabor Kiraly did brilliantly to tip another De Bruyne set piece onto the crossbar; the Manchester City man, Eden Hazard and Dries Martens –preferred to Yannick Carrasco – were buzzing about behind Romelu Lukaku, swapping positions at will and launching attacks with the aid of Axel Witsel and Radja Nainggolan.
Michy Batshuayi of Belgium scores his team's second goal past Gabor Kiraly of Hungary
Kiraly made seven first-half saves and his eighth was seconds after the break to deny Hazard, and although Hungary then had a promising spell, Belgium were soon back in control. And two minutes after his introduction, Michy Batshuayi marked his first finals appearance by tapping in a Hazard pass with his maiden touch.
Two minutes later Hazard's shot made it three, capping a display in which he had given full rein to his talents, and Carrasco, also off the bench, claimed the fourth at the death.