Belgium vs Wales: Nations League – LIVE | The League of Nations

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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main events

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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