As Belgium exhausted against waves of Brazilian attacks in the second half, Hazard carried his side up the field, winning free-kicks and relieving the pressure - a sign of his and this side's growing maturity.
He couldn't fashion a win that day but today he bossed the show to take his team to the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 32 years.
Belgium now progress onto the semi-finals of the tournament where they will face France, and the victor will face one of England, Sweden, Croatia and Russian Federation in the final.
It was a real coming-of-age performance on the worldwide scene for Hazard and he also wrote himself into World Cup folklore in the process.
Just think of all the great dribblers that have played against inferior opposition at a World Cup and none of them could produce such efficiency. He announced that the pressure would be on Brazil and Belgium would have to play as a tight-knit collective to stand a chance.
"And now who is going home?" he wrote in an Instagram story.
It was the fourth successive World Cup that Brazil's involvement was ended by a European side, four years after a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals.
And the Paris Saint-Germain forward, who started the tournament in Russian Federation short of 100 per cent fitness, has opened up on the disappointment of Brazil's defeat with he and his compatriots having been viewed as the favourites to win it several weeks ago.
"I know it's not easy to play against Brazil", midfielder De Bruyne added.
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez acknowledges that the five-time World Cup winners are favourites but his players are up for the challenge. "If you execute it like the players did, it makes it hard for them".
One player conspicuous by his absence for much of the first half was Neymar.
The Brazilians finally got some reward for their efforts with Augusto's header and Belgium needed a brilliant fingertip Courtois save to deny Neymar in the last seconds to secure a date with neighbours France in St Petersburg in the last-four stage.
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A 55th-minute strong penalty appeal by Brazil was waved off by Serbian referee Milorad Mazic.
But Brazil needed to be better, too, as Augusto and Philippe Coutinho both failed to put golden chances on target with the clock ticking toward full time.