‘Miss of the season’: Fans react to Eden Hazard’s sitter during Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Galatasaray as struggling former Chelsea forward smashes the bar with the goal gaping
- Even Hazard fluffed his lines during Real Madrid’s win over Galatasaray
- The Belgian, who signed from Chelsea in a £100m deal, missed an open goal
- Hazard rounded the opposition ‘keeper before hitting the bar from eight yards
- Toni Kroos scored the only goal as Madrid won their first UCL game this season
Eden Hazard missed a glaring opportunity to score during Real Madrid’s unconvincing 1-0 win over Galatasaray at the Champions League group stage.
The forward created a chance to double his side’s lead in the second half in Istanbul when he dribbled past home goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, but he inexplicably managed to fire onto the crossbar from eight yards.
Thankfully, the Belgian wasn’t made to pay for his mistake. Toni Kroos’ 18th-minute strike separated the sides as Los Blancos recorded their first European win of the season.
Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard will want to forget his glaring miss against Galatasaray
The former Chelsea man showed quick feet to round opposing goalkeeper Fernando Muslera
But questions remain as to whether Hazard will succeed in Spain, having produced one goal and two assists in his first seven appearances.
The miss at Galatasaray symbolised Hazard’s underwhelming start at Real, and football fans on social media couldn’t help but stick the knife in.
One person described the attempt as ‘miss of the season’ while another asked: ‘How will we be able to explain to future generations that Eden Hazard missed from there?’
Hazard missed the chance to wrap up a Real victory by failing to score from eight yards
Galatasaray players could not believe their luck when the £100m man fired onto the crossbar
The 28-year-old – who joined from Chelsea in July in a deal that could eventually be worth £150million – isn’t the only misfiring forward at the Bernabeu.
£54m man Luka Jovic has failed to score since arriving from Eintracht Frankfurt and the Serbian came on for just eight minutes at the Turk Telecom Stadium, showing signs that he is already out of favour with manager Zinedine Zidane.
The failure of Zidane’s summer signings has been compounded by disappointing results and the Frenchman remains at risk of being sacked despite Real’s latest victory.
Toni Kroos celebrates with team-mates Marcelo and Hazard after giving Real Madrid the lead