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WC Qualification Europe

  • 16 October 2013
  • • 00:30
  • • Stade Roi Baudouin, Bruxelles (Brussel)
  • Referee: S. Karasev
  • • Attendance: 45401
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  • Aptly, Craig Bellamy - on his final ever Wales appearance - set up Ramsey's equaliser. Without the superb goalkeeping of Wayne Hennessey, however, Belgium would have been out of sight. That wraps up Goal's play-by-play coverage of Belgium - Wales; I've been your host Tim Poole and I bid you good night!
  • A late equaliser from captain Aaron Ramsey has salvaged a point - and what could be a vital result for Chris Coleman's Wales future - after Kevin De Bruyne had put Belgium 1-0 up.
  • What a result for Chris Coleman's men!
  • FULL-TIME: Belgium 1-1 Wales
  • 90' + 2'
    SAVE! Hennessey saves from Lukaku late on! Wales may just do this.
  • 90'
    Can Wales hold on to a memorable result here? Belgium are pressing for a winner. They do not want their party to be spoilt here.
  • 88'
    Assist Craig Bellamy
    A captain's goal from the Wales skipper! And who else to tee him up but Bellamy? Immediately after, the veteran almost gets onto the end of a Ramsey cross and Wales look like they could go on to win this one!
  • 88'
    Goal Aaron Ramsey
    GOAL!!! Ramsey equalises!!!
  • 87'
    Substitution Hal Robson-Kanu Harry Wilson
    History had been made! Harry Wilson comes on to become the youngest ever Wales debutant.
  • 84'
    Wales are still fighting, however, and have produced an admirable performance - even if they do go on to lose.
  • 82'
    Hazard plays a superb ball back into the box, however, before Bakkali dummies the ball cleverly and De Bruyne fires off target. More pressure from the hosts late on.
  • 81'
    Bakkali surges forward for the home side and feeds Lukaku! However, the Wales defence are able to deal with the danger.
  • 80'
    CHANCE! Bellamy almost caps his last ever Wales game with a goal after coming close with a free kick! However, the veteran picked up a booking for arguing with the referee moments earlier.
  • 79'
    Yellow Card Craig Bellamy
  • 78'
    Substitution Kevin Mirallas Zakaria Bakkali
    The 17-year-old comes on for his Belgium debut. He is the youngest ever hat-trick scorer in the Eredivisie.
  • 76'
    CHANCE! Hennessey was nowhere near the ball this time and yet Lukaku could not bury his header! A great cross into the box found the Everton forward in acres of space but the powerful striker headed off target. Witsel then followed up with a header of his own moments later, though that strayed off target, too.
  • 74'
    SAVE! Hennessey makes another superb save from Mirallas, who has been denied by the Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper time and time again tonight!
  • 73'
    Witsel, Hazard and Lukaku now swing the ball back and forth inside the Wales penalty area as Coleman's side face wave after wave of pressure.
  • 72'
    Substitution Daniel Van Buyten Jan Vertonghen
  • 70'
    Substitution Simon Church Sam Vokes
  • 68'
    SAVE! Hennessey now denies Mirallas! Is there any way back for Wales?
  • 67'
    Chris Coleman cuts a drained and deflated figure on the Wales touchline.
  • 64'
    Goal Kevin De Bruyne
    GOAL! The deadlock is finally broken and it is Kevin De Bruyne who fires Belgium ahead. The Chelsea man capitalises on some poor defending from Chris Gunter and slots home past a helpless Wayne Hennessey, who has been otherwise superb.
  • 61'
    But Hazard responds moments later with a threatening attack at the other end!
  • 60'
    Bellamy then causes even more problems as he clashes with Hazard...
  • 59'
    CHANCE! Neil Taylor comes close for the visitors as he fires wide in their only chance of the half. The strike was saved and Bellamy causes some problems from the resultant corner.
  • 58'
    Substitution Nacer Chadli Eden Hazard
  • 57'
    Substitution James Collins James Wilson
  • 57'
    The hosts are responding by warming up Eden Hazard...
  • 55'
    Wilson plies his trade on loan at Cheltenham.
  • 53'
    Poor Collins now looks as though he will be forced off injured and James Wilson will come on to replace him for his first ever Wales cap. No pressure, son.
  • 52'
    Yellow Card James Collins
  • 51'
    CHANCE! A great pass unleashes Lukaku but the Belgium man's shot fires wide. Immediately after, Collins runs back onto the pitch after coming off injured and gets himself a booking for swearing at the referee!
  • 49'
    Mirallas now wins a corner and urges the home fans to raise their noise levels. Belgium look considerably fitter than the away side at this stage. Could that become an increasingly important factor as the night goes on?
  • 48'
    Vermaelen, on his 44th cap, exchanges passes with the rest of the Belgium defence until a quick pass sees De Bruyne advance on goal. The Chelsea youngster scews his shot horribly wide, however. It has been an underwhelming performance from him so far tonight.
  • 46'
    Off we go for the second 45! Belgium kick us off, although there was a false start at first... No changes for either side at half-time.
  • A superb defensive display, combined with the mastery of Aaron Ramsey in midfield and Craig Bellamy up front, sees Wales head into half-time with their heads held high. And they could even have had a penalty late on as Simon Church was hauled down by Daniel van Buyten... Could there be life in Chris Coleman yet?
  • It has been a promising first-half performance from the Welsh side, despite the menacing Romelu Lukaku bearing down on them throughout the opening period.
  • HALF-TIME! Wales go into the break on level terms with group A leaders Belgium.
  • 45'
    DENIED! Church goes down in the penalty box at the other end, however, but the Welsh penalty appeals are waved away!
  • 44'
    Chris Gunter and Neil Taylor almost gift Lukaku the opener but the Belgian powerhouse loses the ball. The Everton man needs no second invitation!
  • 41'
    The scoreline remains 0-0, however, despite Belgium's most concerted period of pressure so far.
  • 40'
    Wales are barely surviving here...
  • 39'
    CHANCE! Lukaku again! The Everton forward heads wide after throwing himself onto the end of a pass that seemed out of his reach!
  • 38'
    And another chance for Belgium! This time it is Lukaku who picks the ball up in the box but also shoots into the side-netting.
  • 37'
    DOUBLE CHANCE! Toby Alderweireld has a shot deflected onto the crossbar. And on the rebound, Mirallas hits the ball into the side-netting!
  • 34'
    Lukaku now brings Ramsey down as Wales win a free kick. The Everton forward has been kept relatively quiet by Collins and co. and looks less interested than when his side needed a result to secure qualification.
  • 32'
    Vermaelen falls to the ground injured but is fit enough to resume. Meanwhile, Ramsey dictates play for the away side for a short period, with a clever through ball from the Welshman almost finding Bellamy in the Belgium half.
  • 29'
    Kevin De Bruyne wins a corner for the home side, however, but it is easily cleared.
  • 28'
    With almost half an hour gone here in Brussels, it would not be unfair to suggest that the visitors have been the better side so far tonight.
  • 26'
    Man of the moment Bellamy whips a dangerous corner into the area - but Belgium are able to clear. Chances at both ends here.
  • 24'
    CHANCE! The hosts threaten again as Hennessey gets a vital touch to a Mirallas effort, which rolls just wide as a consequence.
  • 22'
    MEXICAN WAVE ALERT! The crowd have broken into a mexican wave, which does not say much for the action on the pitch. But who can blame the Belgian fans - they know they are going to Brazil next summer.
  • 21'
    A great run by Ramsey now ends with the ball being whipped into the area but sailing just past Thibaut Courtois, evading Church in the box by mere inches.
  • 18'
    CHANCE! Well, that was then. Everton forward Lukaku has just enjoyed the best chance of the match, though he is denied by a good stop from Hennessey.
  • 17'
    Wales could yet finish fourth in Group A and they have so far showed encouraging evidence up front. As for the defensive side of things, the likes of Lukaku, Chadli and Mirallas have not really threatened Wayne Hennessey in the Welsh goal.
  • 14'
    Great link-up play from Ramsey and Bellamy almost results in a chance for the visitors and Wales' promising start here shows no signs of subsiding.
  • 11'
    Witsel and Mousa Dembele are currently pulling the strings in midfield as the home side start to move the ball around at will.
  • 10'
    Belgium regain the initiative, though, as Kevin Mirallas and Nacer Chadli move forward and force Collins into a defensive block.
  • 8'
    Simon Church now has a shot for Wales - but it goes horribly wide. A very poor effort from the man who scored the winner against Montenegro at the weekend.
  • 7'
    The set-piece comes to nothing, however, as Thomas Vermaelen sends his effort out for a goal kick.
  • 6'
    The hosts advance now as Axel Witsel wins a corner after firing in an effort that is blocked by Aaron Ramsey.
  • 5'
    Belgium, of course, have already qualified for the World Cup finals. But for the visitors, a positive result may just be the difference between Chris Coleman keeping hold of his job as Wales boss and being handed his P45 in the morning.
  • 3'
    The visitors seem to be motivated to give veteran Craig Bellamy a great send-off. The Welshman is playing his 78th - and final - Wales game before retirement.
  • 2'
    CHANCE! Wales have started brilliantly here and Hal Robson-Kanu is the first to threaten, though his shot is blocked by a Belgium defender.
  • 1'
    And we're off in Belgium!
  • And Wales will look like this: Hennessey; Richards, Taylor, Vaughan, Gunter, Collins; Robson-Kanu, King, Church, Ramsey; Bellamy.
  • The hosts will be lining up like this tonight: Courtois; Alderweireld, Pocognoli, Witsel, Van Buyten, Vermaelen; De Bruyne, Dembele; Lukaku, Chadli, Mirallas.
  • Good evening and welcome to Goal's LIVE play-by-play commentary of Belgium against Wales.