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We witnessed the first chapter of Eden Hazard's comeback story vs Celtic, he was sensational

Daniel Marland

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We witnessed the first chapter of Eden Hazard's comeback story vs Celtic, he was sensational

Eden Hazard looked back to his best in Real Madrid's 3-0 victory over Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday evening and supporters are already getting excited.

Los Blancos kicked off their Group F campaign with a win at a raucous Celtic Park, but struggled in the first half.

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Karim Benzema started the game up front, but was substituted on the half hour mark for Hazard after suffering an injury.

The winger has endured a nightmare spell in the Spanish capital since arriving from Chelsea in 2019, but things are starting to change in the second half of 2022.

Hazard looked motivated in pre-season and this evening, he registered an assist and scored his first Champions League goal since November 2020.

Vinicius Jr. put Real ahead 56 minutes in, but the final 30 minutes turned into the Hazard show.

The 31-year-old drifted into the Celtic half with ease and skipped over a challenge, which took us back to Stamford Bridge in 2015.

He then played a lovely pass to Luka Modric, who got off an outrageous outside the boot goal after a couple of ricochets inside the box.

Hazard got his reward 13 minutes from time with his first European goal in 650 days and first from open play in over five years. It's clear to see he was oozing with confidence.

Fans have reacted to Hazard's performance and they're ready to see the man they fell in love with during the mid 2010s all over again.

One person said: "A fully fit Hazard is a joy to watch for all football fans."

Another added: "Everyone loves Hazard. Enough said."

While a third tweeted: "That was vintage Hazard, tears in my eyes."

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

It's always been a question of fitness rather than talent with Hazard and he's suffered a number of injuries in the last three years.

Real midfielder Toni Kroos was asked about Hazard at full-time and broke it down perfectly.

He explained: "Hazard? It's never been a question of quality, it's been his physical condition, the injuries. Today he came on and did well, let's hope he carries on like that."

When asked about his 'injury prone' reputation, a defiant Hazard told reporters in June: "I've always said it, I'm going to get back to the way I was by playing more games and minutes."

Featured Image Credit: WolfRMFC/Twitter

Topics: Eden Hazard, Real Madrid, Celtic, Champions League

Daniel Marland
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