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1 vs 1
Played
October 15, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Stade Roi Baudouin — Bruxelles (Brussel)
Referee:‬ S. Karasev‎
Attendance:‬ 45401‎
 
Top of the Match
Wayne Hennessey
Wayne Hennessey
Wales
Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey
Wales
Flop of the Match
Daniel Van Buyten
Daniel Van Buyten
Belgium
Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku
Belgium

Belgium 1-1 Wales: Ramsey strikes late to secure unlikely draw

Kevin De Bruyne had put the home side a goal up in the second half although the Arsenal midfielder struck to deny the Belgians and potentially save Chris Coleman from the sack.

Kevin De Bruyne Belgium Wales 2014 World Cup Qualifier 10152013
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A late Aaron Ramsey goal earned Wales a dramatic 1-1 draw with Belgium at the Stade Roi Baudouin on Tuesday.

The Wales captain popped up in the dying minutes to slot home and cancel out Kevin De Bruyne's second-half opener to take the edge off what was a celebration for Belgium, with a place at the 2014 World Cup already secured.

The impressive result could help to ease some of the pressure on Wales boss Chris Coleman, whose future had been the subject of much discussion before the match. 

MATCH VIEW
By Tim Poole

Belgium's World Cup party was spoiled somewhat on Tuesday night as a late equalizer from Wales captain Aaron Ramsey salvaged a 1-1 draw for Chris Coleman's under-pressure side. Kevin De Bruyne had opened the scoring for the home side during what was, in truth, a dominant performance. But the superb goalkeeping of Wayne Hennessey kept Welsh hopes alive and Ramsey grabbed the all important goal. Aptly, Craig Bellamy signed off his Wales career with the assist.

Belgium boss Marc Wilmots named a strong side, despite having already wrapped up top spot in Group A, with Romelu Lukaku, Moussa Dembele and De Bruyne all handed starts.

Craig Bellamy was handed his final international appearance up front for the visiting team, while Chris Gunter became the youngest Welshman to reach 50 international caps.

The visiting team looked bright in the opening exchanges, with Bellamy, Simon Church and Ramsey linking well in the middle of the park.

But it was the home side that carved out the first clear-cut opportunity after 20 minutes, as Lukaku raced away from James Collins to test goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey from a tight angle.

Wales had a chance of its own soon after as Ramsey exchanged a neat one-two with David Vaughan on the edge of the box, before skewing his shot harmlessly wide.

Belgium immediately responded and should have taken the lead when De Bruyne found himself on the end of a teasing Kevin Mirallas cross, but failed to find the target.

The team was nearly ahead in spectacular circumstances 10 minutes later as Toby Alderweireld managed to flick the ball over Vaughan, before smashing a deflected volley off the bar.

Lukaku wasted another good chance just before the break, heading Mirallas' cross just wide. 

The Everton striker caused more problems for the Wales defense within the first few minutes of the second half, powering into the box before firing over the bar.

Wilmots brought on Eden Hazard in an attempt to try to find a way through a tenacious visiting rearguard, which suffered a blow when Collins limped off after 55 minutes.

But it was Hazard's teammate De Bruyne who finally broke the deadlock 10 minutes later, capitalizing on a defensive error down the right before driving a low shot past the keeper.

It nearly got worse for Wales a couple of minutes later, with Hennessey forced to make a smart save to deny the impressive Mirallas.

Mirallas was denied by the Wolves keeper again 15 minutes from time, before Axel Witsel sent an acrobatic shot over the bar, as the home side looked to add to the advantage.

Wales did manage to test Thibaut Courtois as the match began to wind down, the goalkeeper palming away a Sam Vokes' effort. 

Harry Wilson came on for Hal Robson-Kanu to become the youngest player to appear for Wales, but it was veteran Bellamy who provided the moment of magic for the equalizer, teeing up Ramsey in the box for a cool finish with just two minutes left.

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Belgium

13
Thibaut Courtois
Goalkeeper
2.50
5
2.00
18
2.50
12
3.00
5
2.50
28
Axel Witsel
Midfielder
2.50
14
Kevin De Bruyne
Midfielder
64′
3.00
19
Mousa Dembélé
Midfielder
3.00
21
Nacer Chadli
Goalkeeper
58′
2.50
11
2.50
17
Romelu Lukaku
Striker
3.00

Wales

4.00
26
2.50
2
3.00
19
3.00
3
Neil Taylor
Defender
2.50
10
Andy King
Midfielder
3.50
16
Aaron Ramsey
Midfielder
88′
3.00
29
2.50
-
David Vaughan
Midfielder
3.00
19
3.50
39
2.50
-

Substitutes

30
Koen Casteels
Goalkeeper
 - 
22
Simon Mignolet
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
6
 - 
6
 - 
17
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
58′
3.50
30
 - 
35
Steven Defour
Midfielder
 - 
2
Timmy Simons
Midfielder
 - 
20
C. Benteke
Striker
 - 
14
 - 
19
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
13
B. Myhill
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
42
3.00
-
 - 
16
 - 
-
2.50
-
Harry Wilson
Midfielder
87′
 - 
-
Lloyd Isgrove
Midfielder
 - 
30
 - 
-
3.00
18
Sam Vokes
Striker
70′

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