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L. Dendoncker
Yellow Card
K. Moore
Yellow Card
A. Saelemaekers
Yellow Card
K. Moore
D. James
1 - 1
K. De Bruyne
0 - 1

Match Stats

24% 75%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 4
Total Passes 265 859
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Belgium BEL Belgium 8 6 2 0 25 6 +19 20 D W W W W
2 Wales WAL Wales 8 4 3 1 14 9 +5 15 D W W D D
3 Czech Republic CZE Czech Republic 8 4 2 2 14 9 +5 14 W W D L W
4 Estonia EST Estonia 8 1 1 6 9 21 -12 4 L L L W D
5 Belarus BLR Belarus 8 1 0 7 7 24 -17 3 L L L L L


Final Tournament


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Page's men still have two games to come through if they want to reach their first World Cup since 1958, but in a group containing Belgium, they have done as well as they could. Bale has missed large parts of their campaign through injury, and Page will be desperate to see him return to the fold next year. As for Belgium, they had already qualified and looked below par, but that was to be expected after six alterations to the starting XI.
Wales have done it. Even without Bale, they have secured second place, and that now means they will be seeded in the World Cup play-off draw. There's work to be done, but Page's side ends their qualifying campaign on a high. After falling behind in the first half, they had to work hard, with Man City ace De Bruyne curling his shot into the corner in the 12th minute. Wales took their time to get going, but they grabbed an equaliser when James' cross picked out Moore, who fired past Casteels in the 32nd minute. Both teams had further chances to score, with Hazard hitting the post, while Williams saw his powerful effort tipped around the frame of the goal.
90' + 5' Into the final minute of stoppage time...can either side go and win it?
90' + 4' The Cardiff City Stadium fell silent as Belgium pushed forward into the Wales box, but Ward saved the day by diving on the ball at the far post
B. Johnson
A. Ramsey
90' + 3' Page decides to give Ramsey a rest, with Johnson on for the final few minutes.
90' As expected, there are six minutes of stoppage time to come!
89' Just like that, Wales seem to have lost their rhythm, allowing Belgium to push forward in search of a winner.
86' The last five minutes have been carnage in Cardiff. Rather than sit and hold onto a draw, Wales want to go and win this, and they have what it takes to do so.
L. Trossard
T. Meunier
85' There's also a change out wide, with Trossard on for Meunier.
J. Vertonghen
A. Theate
85' In an attempt to sure things up at the back, Martinez sends on Vertonghen, with Theate making way.
84' CLOSE!!! Williams comes desperately close to putting Wales ahead, but Casteels flies across his goal to deny him. The Wales left-back thought he had done enough, with his strike sailing into the top corner but the Belgium keeper just got his hand to it to keep his side level. That would have been some goal!
L. Dendoncker
Yellow Card
82' Dendoncker picks up a yellow card after bodychecking James.
82' The atmosphere inside the Cardiff City Stadium is incredible, and while neither team have dominated in the second half, there's still a feeling that one of these teams can go and win this match.
81' Belgium are unbeaten in their last 27 World Cup qualifiers, the second-longest current unbeaten run behind England. Wales have ten minutes to bring that marvellous record to an end.
K. Moore
Yellow Card
80' Moore is the latest player to be booked, with the referee suggesting he raised an arm when trying to beat Witsel to a header.
77' The fans inside the ground are on their feet to applaud the work done by both Williams and James. Both players, who are playing on the left-hand side for Wales, got into good positions before seeing their crosses blocked by the visitors' defence. Despite the disappointment, the crowd are clearly pleased with the effort on show.
A. Saelemaekers
Yellow Card
75' Saelemaekers' clumsy challenge on Williams earns him a yellow card.
73' Martinez's substitutions have yet to work in Belgium's favour, and if anything, they have had a negative effect. Page's team have done well to close down space in the second half, but they will still need to be wary with the likes of De Bruyne and Hazard still out on the pitch.
T. Hazard
Yellow Card
71' Hazard is the second man to enter the referee's book after a poor challenge.
70' We are back underway, but that latest delay should mean we have a fair few minutes of stoppage time!
68' It appears that both Boyata and Moore have cuts to their head, which could delay the game for a few more minutes as the physios try to patch them both up.
66' Boyata and Moore stayed down after that set-piece, and the referee stops the game for a third time in the second half to allow both players to receive treatment after a clash of heads.
65' OVER! Boyata heads over from a corner, but the Wales defence deserves credit for putting him under pressure.
64' The Czech Republic are now winning against Estonia, which means Wales need to draw to ensure they have a chance of a home game in the playoffs.
62' The home crowd are getting behind their team in what is a crucial period of the match. Wales have not had too many chances in the second half so far, but they are piling the pressure on the Belgium defence, and their improved work rate is being cheered by the Cardiff crowd.
L. Dendoncker
T. Castagne
60' Martinez also makes a change at the back with Dendoncker replacing Castagne.
D. Vanzeir
D. Origi
59' Origi's night is over as he limps around the pitch, with Vanzeir on in his place.
A. Saelemaekers
C. De Ketelaere
58' De Ketelaere has been quiet tonight, with Saelemaekers now on in his place to try and speed things up in midfield.
57' Belgium now have an injury of their own to contend with as Origi goes down near the halfway line.
56' The game is back underway, with both players fit and willing to continue, although Williams needed treatment for a few minutes.
54' The referee stops the game as Williams and Ramsey clash heads while trying to break on the counter-attack.
52' Morrell forces Casteels into making a save, but by the time his shot reached the goal, the Belgium goalkeeper had got across his net to keep the scoreline at 1-1.
49' CHANCE! Roberts wastes a glorious opportunity to test Casteels, following a quick counter-attack from James. The Wales winger played his pass across the penalty area, with Roberts eventually reaching it at the far post. Instead of getting his body over the ball, the wingback seemed to kick the floor, and his scuffed effort sailed behind for a goal-kick.
46' We are back underway in Wales!
Elsewhere in the group, the Czech Republic are drawing 0-0 with Estonia. That's good news for Wales, but Page cannot afford to let his team relax. They ended the first half on top, and they need to fly out of the blocks in 15 minutes time.
An entertaining first 45 minutes comes to an end at the Cardiff City Stadium, with De Bruyne's goal cancelled out by Moore. The Manchester City midfielder beat Danny Ward from the edge of the box, but Belgium failed to hang onto that lead. James' cross eventually reached Moore at the third attempt, and he did enough to beat Casteels. Belgium have hit the post through Hazard, and it would come as a surprise to see the scoreline remain at 1-1.
45' + 1' OVER! Moore tries his luck from 25 yards out as he tries to fire his team into the lead, but he can only smash his shot over the crossbar.
45' One minute of stoppage time to come in Cardiff.
44' The referee brings the game to a halt as Wales defender Davies requires treatment on a head injury.
40' OFF THE POST!!! Hazard is denied by the width of the post, and he deserved better after a brilliant free-kick routine. Wales defence switched off, allowing De Bruyne to pick out his team-mate, who was stood unmarked on the edge of the penalty area. Hazard decided to hit the pass first time on the volley, only to see his shot clip the outside of the woodwork.
38' Moore, who scored Wales goal, is leading by example tonight, and he keeps finding space to help the home side launch their attack.
36' The home crowd have found their voices again, and Wales need to keep the scoreline at 1-1 heading into the interval.
J. Morrell
Yellow Card
34' Morrell is booked for a sloppy challenge on Witsel in the middle of midfield.
D. James
32' If at first, you don't succeed, try again, they say! Well, make that three times. James saw his first two passes blocked, but his third picked out Moore on the edge of the box, and the Cardiff striker did the rest.
K. Moore
32' GOAAAALLLL!!! WALES 1-1 BELGIUM - GAME ON!!! Moore sends the fans wild as he fires his team level, punishing some poor defending from Belgium in the process. Leeds United winger James tried to cross the ball on two occasions before eventually getting his delivery into the area at the third attempt. Belgium had several players primed to clear, but Theate kicked fresh air rather than the ball, allowing Moore the chance to shoot. He needed no invitation, and his powerful drive beats Casteels in the Belgium goal.
30' They have yet to test Casteels, but Wales are starting to make ground in midfield and forcing Belgium back into their own half.
28' Danger over for now. Belgium's defence stands firm and clears a rare Wales set-piece.
27' Wales now have a corner to try and score from after Moore pounced on a slip from Boyata. The Belgian defence cleared his cross, but Wales needed the Cardiff man to be in the box, rather than the likes of Ramsey and James.
25' De Bruyne nearly punishes Wales for a second time, with Davies playing the Manchester City man into a shooting position. Thankfully for Wales, De Bruyne's second shot of the game found the back of the stand, but the home side need to wake up at the back if they are to get a result this evening.
24' In just 17 starts in World Cup qualifiers, De Bruyne has now scored six and assisted nine goals for Belgium.
22' Wales fans demand that Boyata is shown a yellow card as he flies over the top of Moore when challenging for a header. Referee Artur Manuel Soares Dias ignores those appeals, but that could be his last warning.
20' Wales need to try and get James into space on the wing, with his pace sure to cause Belgium problems. The issue is, they've barely been able to get hold of the ball in midfield.
18' Now they have the lead, Belgium do not need to force anything, and they seem to have slowed the pace down, which should cause Wales to tire as they continue to chase the ball.
16' As things stand, Wales will be drawn away in the playoffs and that De Bruyne goal has just sapped some of the energy out of the home crowd.
14' Not the start Wales will have had in mind, with Page's team needing a draw to secure second spot. Now they need Estonia to do them a favour if they fail to pull a goal back in the next 75 minutes.
K. De Bruyne
12' GOAAALLLL!!! WALES 0-1 BELGIUM - De Bruyne hands Belgium the lead with a moment of magic from the edge of the box. Martinez's men had tried their luck with two shots beforehand, but Witsel's deflected effort fell at the feet of De Bruyne. He took one look at the goal before curling his shot around several defenders and past Ward.
12' Wales deal with Belgium's first corner and win a goal-kick of their own, with the scoreline still at 0-0.
11' SAVE!! Belgium creates the match's first chance as Origi breaks into some space on the edge of the box, but his left-footed strike is tipped behind for a corner by Ward.
10' Even though his team have qualified for Qatar, as the former manager of Swansea City, Martinez will be desperate to pick up all three points during his visit to Cardiff.
8' Belgium have controlled the game so far, but they have yet to click in the final third with several passes going astray. Wales are sitting deep and trying to counter-attack, but they have yet to get James or Moore into space.
5' Tonight's qualifier is a huge chance for some of Belgium's youngsters to impress Martinez ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, with Theate making his international debut.
3' As expected, there's not a spare seat inside the Cardiff City Stadium, and the home fans are already making plenty of noise.
1' We are underway in Cardiff!
The two teams are out on the field of play, and we are just waiting for the national anthems before we can get underway!
Wales have won two of their last three games against Belgium, winning a EUROs qualifier in 2015 and at EURO 2016 in the quarter-final stage.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez makes six changes from the 3-1 success over Estonia to his starting XI, giving some of his youngsters a chance to shine. Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois are back with Real Madrid due to fitness issues, while Jason Denayer is also injured. Vertonghen, Carrasco, Benteke drop to the bench with Casteels, Boyata, Theate, Thorgan Hazard, De Ketelaere and Origi coming into the XI.
Page cannot call upon the services of Real Madrid's Gareth Bale tonight due to a lack of match fitness, and he is replaced by Cardiff City striker Kieffer Moore who returns from suspension. Ethan Ampadu is banned after picking up a yellow card against Belarus, so Mepham replaces him at the back, while Morrell starts instead of Wilson.
SUBS: Dries Mertens, Dante Vanzeir, Matz Sels, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Wout Faes, Leandro Trossard, Yannick Carrasco, Jan Vertonghen, Leander Dendoncker, Thomas Kaminski, Christian Benteke, Alexis Saelemaekers.
BELGIUM (3-4-2-1): Koen Casteels, Timothy Castagne, Dedryck Boyata, Arthur Theate; Thomas Meunier, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Thorgan Hazard; Hans Vanaken, Charles de Ketelaere; Divock Origi.
SUBS: Will Vaulks, Tyler Roberts, Rhys Norrington-Davies, James Lawrence, Wayne Hennessey, Rubin Colwill, Harry Wilson, Sorba Thomas, Chris Gunter, Adam Davies, Brennan Johnson, Jonathan Williams.
WALES (4-4-2): Danny Ward; Neco Williams, Chris Mepham, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies; Connor Roberts, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen, Joe Morrell; Dan James, Kieffer Moore.
Wales are already guaranteed a play-off place having won their Nations League group, but to have any chance of a home draw, they must finish second in Group E. They are three points clear of the Czech Republic, who are third, but they face Estonia, who should pose little threat this evening.
Surprisingly, Wales come into this game in better form than their opponents, with Robert Page's unbeaten in their previous six matches. Belgium have lost two of their last three games, but those defeats did come at the hands of France and Italy.
Good evening and welcome to tonight's live coverage of the World Cup qualifier between Wales and Belgium. Even though Belgium are already through to next year's tournament, the home side still have something to play for, and they will secure second spot tonight with a draw.