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World Cup warm-ups: Belgium win and play down Eden Hazard injury scare

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Eden Hazard: The Belgium winger limps off in their friendly with Costa Rica
Eden Hazard: The Belgium winger limps off in their friendly with Costa Rica

Romelu Lukaku gave England something to think about as he warmed up for the World Cup with two goals in Belgium's 4-1 win over Costa Rica.

Lukaku is finding some form ahead of the tournament in Russia which pits the Red Devils with England in Group G, adding a brace in Brussels to the goal he scored against Egypt last week.

That took his tally to 13 goals in the last nine international games, as he also provided an assist, and will be Belgium's main threat in what should be the group decider against Gareth Southgate's side on June 28.

Dries Mertens and Michy Batshuayi also scored for Roberto Martinez's men after Bryan Ruiz had put Costa Rica ahead.

Martinez played down injury fears over Eden Hazard after the Chelsea player limped off in the 70th minute after taking a blow to the foot.

"Eden is okay, he had a little trouble, but it's nothing to worry about," Martinez said in his post-match press conference.

Romelu Lukaku: The forward (right) celebrates with his Belgium team-mates after scoring in their friendly with Costa Rica
Romelu Lukaku: The forward (right) celebrates with his Belgium team-mates

"I really enjoyed his performance. He was sharp and strong, he was majestic.

"At the end he just came off because he had a little bit of a dead leg, a little bit of a knock on his leg."

Lukaku also allayed any fears that Hazard's injury might be serious, telling Belgian TV: "He took a direct hit, as often. He came out as a precaution."

Elsewhere, an own goal and late penalty from substitute Moussa Konate helped Senegal to a 2-0 victory over South Korea.

Senegal are in a tricky Group H with Colombia, Poland and Japan while South Korea will face Germany, Mexico and Sweden in Group F.

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