World Cup Qualifying - European - Group A
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Belgium 1-1 Wales

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.

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.

Line-ups

Belgium

  • 1Courtois
  • 2Alderweireld
  • 3van BuytenSubstituted forVertonghenat 72'minutes
  • 4Vermaelen
  • 15Pocognoli
  • 6Witsel
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forBakkaliat 78'minutes
  • 19Dembélé
  • 7De Bruyne
  • 22ChadliSubstituted forHazardat 58'minutes
  • 9Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 5Vertonghen
  • 8Bakkali
  • 10Hazard
  • 12Mignolet
  • 13Gillet
  • 14Mertens
  • 16Defour
  • 17Lombaerts
  • 18Simons
  • 20Benteke
  • 21Casteels
  • 23Ciman

Wales

  • 1Hennessey
  • 2Richards
  • 5Gunter
  • 6CollinsSubstituted forJ Wilsonat 57'minutes
  • 3Taylor
  • 11Robson-KanuSubstituted forWilsonat 87'minutes
  • 7King
  • 4Vaughan
  • 8BellamyBooked at 79mins
  • 10Ramsey
  • 9ChurchSubstituted forVokesat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Myhill
  • 13Isgrove
  • 14J Wilson
  • 15John
  • 16Alfei
  • 17Wilson
  • 18Tudur Jones
  • 19Cotterill
  • 20Easter
  • 21Fon Williams
  • 22Wiggins
  • 23Vokes
Referee:
Sergey Karasev
Attendance:
45,401

Match Stats

Home TeamBelgiumAway TeamWales
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home29
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Belgium 1, Wales 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Belgium 1, Wales 1.
Attempt blocked. Axel Witsel (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.
Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium).
David Vaughan (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Wales. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Wales. Harry Wilson replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.
Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium).
Ashley Richards (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Belgium. Thibaut Courtois tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.
Corner, Wales. Conceded by Mousa Dembélé.
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.
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.
Attempt blocked. Andy King (Wales) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. David Vaughan (Wales) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Craig Bellamy (Wales) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Belgium).
Aaron Ramsey (Wales) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Zakaria Bakkali replaces Kevin Mirallas.
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.
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.
Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sébastien Pocognoli with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Jan Vertonghen replaces Daniel van Buyten.
Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sébastien Pocognoli.

Substitution

Substitution, Wales. Sam Vokes replaces Simon Church.
Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.
Eden Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ashley Richards (Wales).
Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Ashley Richards.

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.
Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
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.
Attempt missed. Craig Bellamy (Wales) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andy King.
Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Foul by Craig Bellamy (Wales).
Eden Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Wales. Conceded by Thomas Vermaelen.
Attempt blocked. Neil Taylor (Wales) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Eden Hazard replaces Nacer Chadli.

Substitution

Substitution, Wales. James Wilson replaces James Collins because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match James Collins (Wales) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.
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.
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.
Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Neil Taylor.
Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.
Ashley Richards (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sébastien Pocognoli (Belgium).
David Vaughan (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nacer Chadli (Belgium).

Second Half

Second Half begins Belgium 0, Wales 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Belgium 0, Wales 0.
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.
Attempt blocked. Nacer Chadli (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Vermaelen.
Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Wales. Conceded by Axel Witsel.
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.
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.
Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left.
goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Belgium108201426
2Croatia10523317
3Serbia10424714
4Scotland10325-411
5Wales10316-1110
6Macedonia10217-97

B

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Italy106401022
2Denmark10442516
3Czech Rep10433415
4Bulgaria10343513
5Armenia10415-113
6Malta10109-233

C

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Germany109102628
2Sweden10622520
3Austria105231017
4R. of Ireland10424-114
5Kazakhstan10127-155
6Faroe Islands10019-251

D

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Netherlands109102928
2Romania10613719
3Hungary10523117
4Turkey10514716
5Estonia10217-147
6Andorra100010-300

E

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Switzerland107301124
2Iceland10523217
3Slovenia10505315
4Norway10334-312
5Albania10325-211
6Cyprus10127-115

F

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Russia107121522
2Portugal106311121
3Israel10352514
4Azerbaijan10163-49
5Northern Ireland10145-87
6Luxembourg10136-196

G

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Bos-Herze108112425
2Greece10811825
3Slovakia10343113
4Lithuania10325-211
5Latvia10226-108
6Liechtenstein10028-212

H

TeamPWDLGDPts
1England106402722
2Ukraine106312421
3Montenegro10433115
4Poland10343613
5Moldova10325-511
6San Marino100010-530

I

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Spain86201120
2France8521917
3Finland8233-49
4Georgia8125-75
5Belarus8116-94
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