Hazard: Courtois kept Belgium in FYROM clash

Marc Wilmots' side won 2-0 in Skopje and the Chelsea star thanked the goalkeeper for his contribution during a difficult first half
Eden Hazard has thanked Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for helping his side record a 2-0 victory over the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Friday.

The Chelsea star admits that Marc Wilmots' men encountered problems early on in Skopje, but was delighted with their show of resolve as they ran out winners.

"It was just like the game against Serbia. We had trouble in the first half but in the second it went a lot better for us," he told reporters.

"The match was not easy. Courtois kept us in contention with a few good saves using his leg. I didn't think I played too badly, but I can always do better."

Meanwhile, defender Vincent Kompany feels everyone put in a fine performance, and was happy that his team gave the fans what they deserved for making such a long trip.

"A great result, the men played perfectly. I am pleased that we can give so much to our country," he wrote on Twitter.

"Our fans have made a long trip to Skopje and they have been rewarded. Massive thanks for the support."