Belgium player ratings v Italy: Hazard only positive, Fellaini poor

Belgium's Axel Witsel, Marouane Fellaini, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne, Radja Nainggolan and Eden Hazard line up before the game

Much fancied Belgium were unable to breach a resolute Italian defence, falling to a 2-0 defeat.

Belgium's Axel Witsel, Marouane Fellaini, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne, Radja Nainggolan and Eden Hazard line up before the game

Belgium's Axel Witsel, Marouane Fellaini, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne, Radja Nainggolan and Eden Hazard line up before the game

Thibaut Courtois 6.5/10 - The Chelsea stopper made a couple of super saves, including flying stops to deny Graziano Pelle and Ciro Immobile, but had no chance with either goal.

Laurent Ciman 6/10 - Did ok at right back, but offered little going forward. Covered well on a couple of occasions.

Toby Alderweireld 6/10 - Marginally the stronger of the two central defenders, and stepped up to get involved in the attack when Belgium were chasing an equaliser. Pelle bullied him on more than one occasion.

Belgium's Toby Alderweireld in action with Italy's EderBelgium's Toby Alderweireld in action with Italy's Eder

Thomas Vermaelen 5.5/10 - Didn’t look the composed, confident defender Arsenal fans would be used to. Few moments where he excelled.

Jan Vertonghen 6/10 - Was one of Belgium’s better defenders for stages of the match, but had a couple of shaky moments where he looked like a centre back playing fullback. Made a poor pass in the last ten minutes that called his goalkeeper into action from Immobile. Booked.

Alex Witsel 6/10 - Saw lots of the ball in midfield with Italy happy to sit back at times and then break on the counter. Belgium would have benefitted from a more offensive central midfielder than Witsel, especially when searching for an equaliser.

Marouane Fellaini 5/10 - Struggled to impose himself on the game with Belgium unable to make the most of his height against a superb Italian defence. Got the ball stuck under his feet yards from the opposition goal line in the last minute.

Belgium's Marouane Fellaini in action with Italy's Marco ParoloBelgium's Marouane Fellaini in action with Italy's Marco Parolo

Radja Nainggolan 6.5/10 - The Roma midfielder has spent his entire professional career in Italy, but looked eager to find the net against his Serie A colleagues, taking a number of shots from distance to varying degrees of success. One of Belgium’s most threatening players.

Kevin de Bruyne 6/10 - The Manchester City man tried hard to create and offer a goal threat, but he was snuffed out the closer he got to the box.

Belgium's Eden Hazard in action with Italy's Marco ParoloBelgium's Eden Hazard in action with Italy's Marco Parolo

Eden Hazard 7/10 - His close control was sensational at times, but he had precious little opportunity to make it count in danger areas. Often dropped deep to receive the ball, before beating a man, but seldom did so on the edge of the box where he would have been able to shoot.

Romelu Lukaku 5.5/10 - Wasn’t able to play to his strengths against a defence just as powerful as him. Not enough threat and when he did have opportunities, and he spurned one great chance to test Buffon the one time the Italians were opened up.

Substitutes:

Dries Mertens 5/10 - Tried to bring the ball forward with purpose when he was brought on, but there were few moments of promise, and he conceded possession more than once.

Divock Origi 4.5/10 - The young Liverpool striker had one of Belgium’s best chances soon after coming on, heading over from a left wing cross, before going on to miss another great chance at the death.

Yannick Carrasco N/A - Made little contribution.

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