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Wales have looked half-decent in attack, but otherwise they’ve been very much second best. Belgium could easily have had a few more. They’ve been magnificent. Here’s Peter Oh: “I’m afraid even a rousing half-time speech by Michael Sheen himself won’t fix this one.”

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De Bruyne’s already scored one. Now he’s set one up. He powers into the Welsh box down the right. He’s got the beating of Ampadu, and rolls across for Batshuayi, who can’t miss from a couple of yards. It had been coming, to say the least.

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Well, scrub that. Belgium hog the ball for a bit. They patiently stroke it around, this way and that. Suddenly Batshuayi tears down the right flank. He’s got Meunier racing by his side on the overlap, but instead cuts back for De Bruyne, who adjusts his body and steers a powerful sidefoot into the bottom right from the edge of the box. Sensational finish! He’s not bored now!

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Belgium: Courtois, Debast, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Carrasco, De Bruyne, Batshuayi, Hazard.
Subs: Mignolet, Casteels, Theate, Openda, Mertens, De Ketelaere, Trossard, Onana, Dendoncker, Vanaken, Castagne, Saelemaekers.

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Wales: Hennessey, C Roberts, Rodon, Mepham, N Williams, Smith, Ampadu, Norrington-Davies, James, Moore, Johnson.
Subs: Ward, King, Gunter, Cabango, Levitt, T Roberts, Bale, Morrell, J Williams, Harris, Thomas, Harris.

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Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey).

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Wales’s A4 Nations League campaign took an understandable back seat to their World Cup qualifying bid. Robert Page and his Qatar-bound men wouldn’t change a thing, but as a result relegation from the top tier of Uefa’s shiny new tournament looks more likely than not. If they’re not to go down, they’ll need to at least one win from their last two matches, two if Poland beat the Netherlands tonight. Small problem: Wales have never beaten Belgium on their own pitch, and since knocking them out of Euro 2016, are winless in three against the world number two side, losing on their last visit 3-1 in 2021. Big game coming up, then; just as well Wales have developed a habit of turning up for them. Kick off is at 7.45pm BST. It’s on!

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Quiet entertainment in between.

First half: Belgium 2-0 Wales

Wales looked half decent in attack, but other than that they were second in the standings. Belgium He could have had a little more. They were wonderful. Here’s Peter Oh: “I’m afraid a sexy half-time speech by Michael Sheen himself wouldn’t fix it.”

45 minutes: Roberts rushes to the right and earns a corner kick. could Wales Grabbing something that could completely change the momentum of this game? Well, approx. Corner up to Williams on the left. He has time to corner and form a shot towards the top right. Unfortunately, it hits Norrington Davis’ shoulder and a goal kick occurs.

44 minutes: Nothing comes from that angle either. Wales You can do it in half the time.

43 minutes: Nothing comes from the corner, which is half cleared. Danger returns in Wales And another wins.

42 minutes: BelgiumUnfazed, go back to the other side and continue the investigation. Suddenly Tielemans made a long pass to the right. De Bruyne advances into the penalty area and passes a shot down the left. He’s heading inside, but Hennessey pulls out a shoe to deflect him away from the post.

40 minutes: free kick for Wales Outside on the left. They load the Belgian box. James wrapped it in the blender. Rodon wins with a header at the far post. Witsel is forced to break through his six-yard box. Ampadu heads back towards the goal. Courtois Barris, and the hosts are straightforward. Much better than Wales!

39 minutes: Imagine what De Bruyne would do against opponents who just don’t get bored.

Goal! Belgium 2-0 Wales (Batchway 38)

De Bruyne has already scored a goal. Now he has set up one. It intervenes in the Welsh chest at the bottom right. He’s beaten by Ampadu, and rolling through Batshuayi, which you can’t miss from yards away. It was coming, to say the least.

36 minutes: Johnson turns right. His powerful dribbling earns a corner kick off Carrasco. James hits it long… but it’s an easy pick for Courtois, who is trying to kick De Bruyne off the table. Roberts comes to put an end to the Persians, and De Bruyne meets him for his trouble. A brave defense that nullified any notion of a break.

34 minutes: Belgium Go up at the other end and almost hit two for the thousandth time. Hazard cuts from the left and fires low curler whistles inches from the right post. I’m not sure Hennessy has that covered.

33 minutes: The Welsh press pays off, as Belgium’s attempt to break out bounced from behind to the feet of James, who dribbles inside the area from the right and takes a shot. been banned. Then the flag was raised for a handball against Moore, as it turns out that’s how Wales took possession in the first place. But this is something.

31 minutes: Danger is at the heart of everything now, like Belgium Investigate this way and that.

29 minutes: Belgium It has enjoyed 68 percent of the takeover so far. It looks more dominant than that statistic suggests. The Welsh midfield is completely bypassed.

27 minutes: there leaked Gaps in midfield for Belgium to the fun. Hazard advances down the middle and reaches De Bruyne, who has the Aeons to line up the screaming. Fires a bullet from the base of the left column. The rebound falls to Carrasco, who is offside, but Hennessy doesn’t know, and makes a nice low shot. The second goal is certainly a matter of time. Harriet Osborne wrote: “This is a statement for bench Ward, who is already playing (albeit very poorly) every week.” “Perhaps there is a great need for a fire under the seat.”

25 minutes: Belgium Really knocking on the door for a second. Carrasco drops his shoulder to come from the left. His shot deflected outside for a corner kick from which Vetsel headed in for Batshuayi. The striker shines wide right and high. Wells hangs a little here.

24 minutes: Belgium Draw some pretty triangles on the bottom left. Then suddenly Batshuayi clicks De Bruyne for free with a great reverse pass. De Bruyne gets into the box and takes out his shot from a tight angle. He really should have rolled over to run up the Tielemans.

22 minutes: More patient Belgian pass. They started making Wales Chase. Possession of a bonus for visitors now.

20 minutes: Hazard intervenes from the left and Rolls de Bruyne, who Meunier bombarded the right inner channel, yells for a pass when he reaches the edge of the penalty area. De Bruyne decided to spin and take the shot at himself. Three rugby points. For once, De Bruyne made the wrong decision.

18 minutes: Understandably, this target took a little wind from the Welsh sail. Shame, they started so well. “As cool as KDB is, that was a rescue attempt for a goalkeeper who hasn’t played as much this season as the S4C comms say,” says Philip Wainwright. “I must admit I agree.”

16 minutes: A long ball almost opens down the middle Wales above. Batshuayi appears to have blasted away from Norrington-Davies, but the Welsh midfielder fights back and gets a block at just the right time.

15 minutes: Almost a second for the hosts. Carrasco turns Roberts inside out and passes a low cross to Tillmans, who almost directs the ball to the bottom right corner again. This time the ball flies out of the shaft. “Damn it,” Matt Donnie shouts. “everybody Wales for ten minutes. One Belgian attack and they score. Normal. Still, plenty of time for a Hal Robson-Kanoo moment…”

13 minutes: Wales In an effort to push back through Williams, Moore sent a trot down the left. The resulting cross ball floats out of play for a goal kick.

12 minutes: Hennessy got a hand in it, but couldn’t stop it. Fierce post forensics. De Bruyne is such a class act, such breaking news.

Goal! Belgium 1-0 Wales (De Bruyne 10)

Well, rub that. Belgium Little ball hog. They beat her patiently, this way and that. Suddenly Batshuayi tore down the right flank. He has Meunier racing alongside him on the overlap, but instead he backs down in favor of De Bruyne, who adjusts his body and directs a powerful side foot down to the right of the edge of the box. Exciting ending! He is not bored now!

8 minutes: Roberts long throws from the right. Moore wins the flick, but there’s no wearing white to take advantage. Courtois claims. Wales He’ll be more than happy with the way those first few minutes went.

7 minutes: Chance for Carrasco to fire De Bruyne down the left. His pass is very heavy, allowing Roberts to pass and play the ball off the Manchester City player and off the goal kick. De Bruyne smoked softly. Or maybe he’s just bored.

6 minutes: Belgium Take a little bite out of things with some sterile possession in the back.

4 minutes: Tillmans, who is perhaps low on confidence given Leicester’s problems, possession of the ships with ridiculous ease in the center circle. Johnson races with intent to attack, only to have a Welsh counter in his tracks be stopped by a whistle because there are two balls on the field. Rob Page is not happy.

2 minutes: Quick start Wales He sees Williams crisscrossing deep from the left, then responds the sweet Johnson from the right. It doesn’t deliver on quality, but early indications are that Wales has come here to try it out.

8 seconds: Moore inserted his elbow into Vertonghen’s jaw and is very lucky not to delve into the book. Early calling card.

After both teams took a knee in a gesture of solidarity against discrimination, Wales Get the ball rolling. More noise coming from the crowd now, to be fair.

The difference is out! Belgium He wears red, forcing Wells to choose a second white. King Baudouin’s stadium isn’t full to capacity, far from it, so the atmosphere is somewhat lacking, although supporting Welsh travel is doing their part by giving it plenty. We will leave after the anthems. Enough time for Marie Waltz to put up a poser: “How can Belgium, with all such incredible talent, be so consistently poorly performed?” No idea Mary, sorry.

Roberto Martinez.
Roberto Martinez. Photo: Rex/Shutterstock

Rob Page talks to S4C. “We went as hard as we could. It would be a big risk to play Gareth Bale from the start. No doubt he’s going to play some part tonight, but it was crazy to play with him from the start. We’re up against good opposition, and ready for a tough fight. It’s all about this game.” They want to finish top of the group, we want to stay in the division, so there is everything to play for.”

Gareth Bale, who is currently working to increase his fitness in matches with the Los Angeles club, starts this match on the bench. Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy takes the captain’s armband. Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies, Harry Wilson and Joe Allen have all lost to injury.

In other star news, Kevin De Bruyne started for BelgiumEden Hazard leads the Real Madrid team. Leicester City’s Yuri Tillmans also starts.

Bell is in business in Los Angeles (admittedly, he kicked out the first ceremonial pitch before the Los Angeles Dodgers played the Minnesota Twins, but business is business).
Bell is in business in Los Angeles (admittedly, he kicked out the first ceremonial pitch before the Los Angeles Dodgers played the Minnesota Twins, but business is business). Photo: Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports

the difference

Belgium: Courtois, Debast, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Meunier, Tillmans, Witsel, Carrasco, De Bruyne, Batshuayi, Hazard.
Subs: Mignolet, Castells, Tate, Obenda, Mertens, de Kettler, Trussard, Onana, Dendoncker, Vanaken, Kastain, Salemikers.

Wales: Hennessy, C. Roberts, Rodon, Mepham, N. Williams, Smith, Ampadu, Norrington-Davies, James, Moore, Johnson.
Subs: Ward, King, Gunther, Kapango, Levitt, T Roberts, Bell, Morell, J. Williams, Harris, Thomas, Harris.

Rule: Ali Palabek (Turkey).

Preamble

A4 in Wales The League of Nations The campaign took an understandable back seat to the World Cup qualifying bid. Robert Page and his men heading to Qatar won’t change anything, but as a result, a top-flight relegation in the shining new UEFA championship seems more likely than not. If they don’t back down, they will need to win at least one of their last two games, twice if Poland beat the Netherlands tonight. Small problem: Wales have not beaten Belgium on the field, and since being expelled from Euro 2016 have not achieved a win in three games against the world number two team, losing on their last visit 3-1 in 2021. Big match coming, then ; Just as Wells developed the habit of appearing for them. Kick off at 7.45pm GMT. It’s up!

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