Friday, 15th November, 2013

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is glad for the reality check that came in last night's friendly defeat for Belgium, who he feels had become victims of their own success.

Belgium secured their first World Cup qualification since the 2002 edition after finishing top of Group A in qualifying by nine points.


They head to Brazil 2014 on the back of some jubilant celebrations in their home country, as well as expectations owing to their knockout-stage finish 11 years ago.

However, last night's 2-0 defeat to Colombia – where Marouane Fellaini struck the post – brought their celebrations to a minor halt.


"Is it that the players were still on a high? Not just the players, everyone", Hazard was quoted by RTBF as saying.

"Journalists and fans had already seen us as World Cup winners. We must remain lucid.

"We have a great team but experience is lacking at times. These are matches then that allow us to learn.

"We had a bit of luck during qualifying; we did not have that [last night]."

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