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Eden Hazard produces little brilliance, but when he does, it counts big for Belgium

  • Belgium's Eden Hazard, left, is challenged by Russia's Dmitry Kombarov during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Russia at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Belgium's Eden Hazard, left, is challenged by Russia's Dmitry Kombarov during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Russia at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)  (The Associated Press)

  • Belgium's Eden Hazard, front, controls the ball as Russia's Viktor Fayzulin challenges during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Russia at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Belgium's Eden Hazard, front, controls the ball as Russia's Viktor Fayzulin challenges during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Russia at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)  (The Associated Press)

  • Belgium's Eden Hazard, right, and Russia's Dmitry Kombarov vie for the ball during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Russia at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Belgium's Eden Hazard, right, and Russia's Dmitry Kombarov vie for the ball during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Russia at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)  (The Associated Press)

It has been tough at times to spot Eden Hazard at the World Cup so far. When he has been highly visible, it has led to goals that have helped Belgium into the second round.

Often he trawls seemingly sullen and slow along the left flank, moving on a whim to the right, and then moving back in a way that could expose him to criticism. Then, suddenly, he can make something happen in seconds.

With a burst of brilliance, he broke through into the penalty box of Russia, spotted striker Divock Origi moving in and with a pinpoint pass set the teenager up for the 1-0 winner with 2 minutes to go on Sunday.

Hazard says "it was a complicated match."

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