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Thorgan Hazard shines in Zulte Waregem's opener

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The younger Hazard didn't show any signs of rust in his first real match of the new season

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It's hard to justify doing an entire loan roundup for a single player, but in this case, the player deserves a post. Zulte Waregem were a surprise contender in Belgium last season, and Chelsea's Throgan Hazard was a big reason why. They got the 2013/14 season underway yesterday, and the Chelsea loanee started with a bang.

Thorgan had a wonderful assist for the opener, and he'd eventually bury a free kick in the back of the net to put his side up 2-1. That goal on the stroke of halftime proved the decider, and Zulte opened the season with three points.


It's the start of a busy couple of weeks for the Belgian club, as they have domestic fixtures every weekend on top of a pair of Champions League qualifiers beginning this Tuesday. Hazard was pulled after 72 minutes of the opener, presumably to keep him as fresh as possible for that massive game. If he remains in this sort of form, former Chelsea player Jeffrey Bruma could have his hands full trying to deal with him.

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