‘I’m just happy to be back on a pitch and scoring a beautiful goal’: Eden Hazard delighted to end his nightmare run of almost 400 DAYS without a goal after netting stunning strike in victory over Huesca on return from injury
- Hazard’s strike was only his second goal for Real since his move from Chelsea
- The 29-year-old struck from 30 yards out to give Madrid the lead against Huesca
- Karim Benzema and Federico Valverde netted the other goals for Los Blancos
- Real Madrid won the game 4-1 to move two points clear at the top of La Liga
The 29-year-old fired home with his left foot from nearly 30 yards out to put Zinedine Zidane‘s side in front against Huesca on Saturday on his return from injury.
Real secured a comfortable 4-1 victory that moved them back to the top of LaLiga, with Karim Benzema scoring twice and Federico Valverde adding the other.
Belgian star Eden Hazard opened the scoring at Huesca with a brilliant strike from distance
Hazard’s goal ended a wait of 392 days and was just his second for the club since joining from Chelsea, for an initial £88million in the summer of 2019.
The Belgian star was delighted as he recorded a short video message for his fans which was Tweeted by Madrid’s account after the match.
‘Hi, guys! I’m just happy to be back on a pitch, (and) score a beautiful goal,’ the Belgium international said.
Hazard celebrates with team mates after scoring his first goal in nearly 400 days
‘That’s for you. I hope to see you soon.’
Hazard didn’t create a chance for his team mates, nor did he produce a cross during his hour on the pitch, however his link up play with Benzema was very encouraging, one such move leading to Valverde’s crucial third goal.
‘We are happy with Hazard’s game and happy with what we did today. He has no discomfort, he is happy with his goal, his teammates are happy with him. It’s a victory, it’s four goals, three points and you have to be happy,’ boss Zinedine Zidane said afterwards.
There were encouraging signs regarding the link up play between Hazard and Benzema
Real director and former striker Emilio Butragueno was also delighted with the playmaker’s performance.
‘What Hazard did was magnificent. We saw that in the first goal,’ he told Movistar after the game. ‘It gives you an idea of the category of player we’re talking about.
‘From then on, the team felt more comfortable. Being effective up top helps the game to go how you want it to.
‘He has had back luck since he came due to injuries. He’s a winner and what he wants is to be out on the pitch and helping the team. Hopefully, we can have him like this because he makes the difference.’