Nicosia: Eden Hazard's late winner in Belgium's 1-0 defeat of Cyprus was not enough to spare him the wrath of coach Marc Wilmots, who described the Chelsea man as his worst player on the night.

Belgium's Eden Hazard
Belgium's Eden Hazard 

Hazard slammed home Dries Mertens' cross late on in a dour game in Nicosia to all but confirm Belgium's place at Euro 2016, but Wilmots was less than impressed with his side's laboured performance. This follows hot on the heels of Jose Mourinho hitting out at the former Lille man for his performance level in the Blues' opening Premier League games .

And Wilmots too singled Hazard out for criticism, telling reporters: "He was the worst tonight. I thought about substituting him, but in the last 10 minutes he always the ability to do that. At the World Cup, this was the case.

"I obviously expect more from him, but he will grow as the season progresses."

Wilmots praised Mertens and fellow substitute Divock Origi for turning the game in Belgium's favour, but was less than impressed with the overall display, which came three days after a 3-1 home win over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

He said: "Collectively, this was one of our worst performances I do not know why. Maybe because we're still early in the season and cannot yet play at a high enough pace. Guys like Marouane Fellaini have little rhythm in the legs."