Captain Aaron Ramsey struck late on as battling Wales earned a draw away to 2014 World Cup qualifiers Belgium.

The hosts, who clinched their place in Brazil on Friday, took 64 minutes to break the deadlock with Chelsea's Kevin De Bruyne scoring from close range.

Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was outstanding while Ramsey and Craig Bellamy, in his final Wales appearance before retiring, stood out.

Bellamy assisted Ramsey to help seal fifth spot in Group A.

Unbeaten Belgium had dropped only one point in the group before the visit of under-strength and unfancied Wales.

Home manager Marc Wilmots made five starting line-up changes and left Eden Hazard and Jan Vertongen on the bench, a sign of the sort of strength in depth that Wales boss Chris Coleman could only envy.

Coleman went into the encounter with his future in the role uncertain, having lamented the fact that some of his key players were rarely, if ever, fully available to him.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale has been the most notable absentee as Wales' campaign drew to a close as his fitness problems continued to hinder club and country.

Old and new

Craig Bellamy and the youngest player in Welsh history, Harry Wilson

Craig Bellamy's Wales career ended against Belgium alongside a history-making player 18 years his junior. Liverpool academy midfielder Harry Wilson won his first cap at 16 years and 207 days - 108 days younger than previous record holder Gareth Bale

With Joe Allen, Adam Matthews, Ashley Williams and Joe Ledley also among the injured, Coleman could have been forgiven for not looking forward with any confidence to taking on the group's dominant force.

Wales will also have to do without Cardiff striker Bellamy, who signed off with the sort of flat-out effort that has marked his 78 caps.

Coleman's overall record is now scheduled for close scrutiny by the Football Association of Wales.

But no matter what the outcome of deliberations between manager and employers, he will doubtless look back on the match in Brussels with some pride.

Wales were positive in their approach from the outset with Ramsey and Bellamy to the fore.

Goalkeeper Hennessey, on loan at Yeovil from Wolves, blocked Romelu Lukaku's effort with his knees.

Hennessey's instinctive dive and out-stretched left-hand then denied Kevin Mirallas.

Mirallas went closest in the opening period, although Everton team-mate Lukaku may have claimed it had the deflection off his shoulder ended up in the back of the net rather than rebounding off the crossbar.

At the other end, Wales also felt they had reason to be aggrieved with Simon Church appearing to be flattened by Daniel van Buyten's challenge from behind when the Welshman had only goalkeeper Thibault Courtois to beat.

Wales' determination to take the game to Belgium showed no signs of abating after the break.

James Collins, having patched up his differences with manager Coleman ahead of their 1-0 win against Macedonia on Friday, epitomised the effort.

He was clearly in pain from an early ankle twist that required treatment and had to suffer the indignity of being banished to the sidelines for sporting the wrong-coloured strapping as the second period got under way.

The West Ham defender's exit was inevitable, prompting a first Wales debut of the night as Bristol City's Cheltenham Town loanee James Wilson, 24, came on.

Belgium soon took advantage of Collins's absence. Lukaku's overhead pass found De Bruyne and Hennessey was beaten at last by the Chelsea forward's right-footed, close-range drive.

However, if Belgium and their fans thought it was all over, Wales did not.

Liverpool academy midfielder Harry Wilson came on to make history. At 16 years and 207 days the Wrexham-born man became the youngest player to be capped by his country; beating Bale's record by 108 days. And at 34 years of age, Bellamy's international stint ended alongside a player 18 years his junior.

The visitors continued to press forward and when Bellamy popped a pass through a static defence, Ramsey equalised in style, left footed and from the narrowest of angles to stun the home crowd.

Having sent on Hazard and Vertongen, Wilmots had no further aces to play and Belgium were unable to find a winner.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Belgium

  • 01 Courtois
  • 02 Alderweireld
  • 15 Pocognoli
  • 06 Witsel
  • 03 van Buyten (Vertonghen - 72' )
  • 04 Vermaelen
  • 11 Mirallas (Bakkali - 78' )
  • 19 Dembélé
  • 09 Lukaku
  • 07 De Bruyne
  • 22 Chadli (Hazard - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 08 Bakkali
  • 10 Hazard
  • 12 Mignolet
  • 13 Gillet
  • 14 Mertens
  • 16 Defour
  • 17 Lombaerts
  • 18 Simons
  • 20 Benteke
  • 21 Casteels
  • 23 Ciman

Wales

  • 01 Hennessey
  • 02 Richards
  • 03 Taylor
  • 07 King
  • 05 Gunter
  • 06 Collins (Wilson - 57' )
  • 11 Robson-Kanu (Wilson - 87' )
  • 04 Vaughan
  • 09 Church (Vokes - 70' )
  • 10 Ramsey
  • 08 Bellamy Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Myhill
  • 13 Isgrove
  • 14 Wilson
  • 15 John
  • 16 Alfei
  • 17 Wilson
  • 18 Tudur Jones
  • 19 Cotterill
  • 20 Easter
  • 21 Williams
  • 22 Wiggins
  • 23 Vokes
Ref: Sergey Karasev

Match Stats

Shots

29 7

On target

8 3

Corners

7 6

Fouls

11 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Belgium 1, Wales 1.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Belgium 1, Wales 1.

90:00 +1:58

Attempt blocked. Axel Witsel (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

90:00 +1:08

Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium).

90:00 +1:08

David Vaughan (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:10

Corner, Wales. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

87:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Belgium 1, Wales 1. Aaron Ramsey (Wales) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Bellamy.

86:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wales. Harry Wilson replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

85:32

Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium).

85:32

Ashley Richards (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:54

Offside, Belgium. Thibaut Courtois tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

82:53

Corner, Wales. Conceded by Mousa Dembélé.

81:32

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Axel Witsel.

80:18

Attempt missed. Zakaria Bakkali (Belgium) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

79:41

Attempt blocked. Andy King (Wales) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

79:40

Attempt saved. David Vaughan (Wales) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

78:54 Booking

Booking Craig Bellamy (Wales) is shown the yellow card.

78:33

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Belgium).

78:33

Aaron Ramsey (Wales) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Belgium. Zakaria Bakkali replaces Kevin Mirallas.

76:31

Attempt missed. Axel Witsel (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross.

74:27

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard with a through ball.

72:56

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sébastien Pocognoli with a cross.

71:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Belgium. Jan Vertonghen replaces Daniel van Buyten.

70:37

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sébastien Pocognoli.

69:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wales. Sam Vokes replaces Simon Church.

68:40

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

68:00

Eden Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:00

Foul by Ashley Richards (Wales).

66:31

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Ashley Richards.

63:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Belgium 1, Wales 0. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

62:52

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

62:48

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

61:56

Attempt missed. Craig Bellamy (Wales) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andy King.

60:52

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

59:35

Foul by Craig Bellamy (Wales).

59:35

Eden Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:50

Corner, Wales. Conceded by Thomas Vermaelen.

58:48

Attempt blocked. Neil Taylor (Wales) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

57:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Belgium. Eden Hazard replaces Nacer Chadli.

56:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wales. James Wilson replaces James Collins because of an injury.

55:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

54:42

Delay in match James Collins (Wales) because of an injury.

53:08

Attempt missed. Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

50:54

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

49:31

Attempt missed. Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross following a corner.

49:12

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

48:26

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

46:58

Ashley Richards (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:58

Foul by Sébastien Pocognoli (Belgium).

45:37

David Vaughan (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:37

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Belgium).

45:00

Second Half begins Belgium 0, Wales 0.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Belgium 0, Wales 0.

45:00 +0:31

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

43:35

Attempt blocked. Nacer Chadli (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Vermaelen.

43:28

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

42:41

Corner, Wales. Conceded by Axel Witsel.

41:10

Attempt saved. Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Bellamy.

39:40

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross.

38:06

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left.

38:02

Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Axel Witsel.

36:51

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Wayne Hennessey.

36:49

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

36:48

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

36:43

Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

35:51

Ashley Richards (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:51

Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium).

33:46

Aaron Ramsey (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:46

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Belgium).

31:24

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales).

31:24

Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:05

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

28:02

Offside, Wales. Craig Bellamy tries a through ball, but Simon Church is caught offside.

27:40

Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:40

Foul by Sébastien Pocognoli (Belgium).

25:33

Corner, Wales. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

24:02

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld with a cross.

21:23

Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:23

Foul by Sébastien Pocognoli (Belgium).

20:49

Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

20:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

19:51

Delay in match James Collins (Wales) because of an injury.

18:27

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Wayne Hennessey.

18:26

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

18:18

Foul by David Vaughan (Wales).

18:18

Axel Witsel (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:41

Foul by Ashley Richards (Wales).

15:41

Mousa Dembélé (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:59

Corner, Wales. Conceded by Sébastien Pocognoli.

13:50

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

12:18

Neil Taylor (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:18

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Belgium).

10:15

Aaron Ramsey (Wales) wins a free kick on the left wing.

10:15

Daniel van Buyten (Belgium).

9:36

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

6:54

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Aaron Ramsey.

6:41

Attempt blocked. Axel Witsel (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

2:47

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Wales).

2:47

Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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