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B. Johnson
A. Ramsey
1 - 1
R. Norrington-Davies
Yellow Card
A. Theate
Yellow Card
J. Rodon
Yellow Card
Y. Tielemans
M. Batshuayi-Atunga
0 - 1

Match Stats

36% 63%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 2 4
Total Passes 365 654
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Netherlands NED Netherlands 6 5 1 0 14 6 +8 16 W W W D W
2 Belgium BEL Belgium 6 3 1 2 11 8 +3 10 L W W D W
3 Poland POL Poland 6 2 1 3 6 12 -6 7 W L L D L
4 Wales WAL Wales 6 0 1 5 6 11 -5 1 L L L D L




That's all from Cardiff today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
Buoyed by their late revival today, Wales will complete a hectic summmer schedule on Tuesday, as they visit the Netherlands - leaders of Group 4 - while Belgium, who have now won just two of their eight away games against the Welsh, next face Poland.
Continuing their longstanding trend at the Cardiff City Stadium, a spirited Wales performance sees the Red Dragons maximise their resources to hold the dominant Red Devils to a draw - by virtue of a late equaliser from one of their most promising young players. Johnson stayed cool to apply the finishing touch as the home side snatched their first point as a League A nation, leaving their visitors ruing a lack of incision in the final third. Belgium's stranglehold on possession continued almost throughout, but at the end of a long, hard season, they lacked a little sparkle when it really mattered - Tielemans' excellent opening goal aside.
90' + 5' Wales have five men strung across the penalty area, as their wing-backs drop in to help secure a point. Despite having plenty of the ball, Belgium don't really look like prising them open, and there are just seconds remaining now.
L. Openda
A. Witsel
90' + 3' Chasing a late winner, Martinez replaces a midfielder, Witsel, with young forward Openda for the final few minutes.
90' + 1' Continuing a mostly frustrating day in front of goal - an excellent assist aside - Batshuayi is caught offside, as we enter six minutes of indicated stoppage time.
88' ONSIDE! The check is over, and the referee signals to the centre spot - Wales' equaliser stands! The home fans celebrate all over again!
87' WILL THE GOAL STAND? Just as Johnson starts some wild celebrations in Cardiff, the assistant belatedly raises his flag, and the goal will now be scrutinised by the VAR for offside!
A. Ramsey
86' With a trademark drag-back and turn, Ramsey opened up the Belgian defence for Johnson to strike.
B. Johnson
86' WALES PULL LEVEL! A superb team move results in a Wales equaliser, as Johnson guides the ball into the bottom corner from just inside the area, following excellent work from fellow substitute Ramsey. The hosts have looked livelier since making a series of changes, and they are now back on level terms at 1-1!
85' Following several delays, Ramsey slings in a dangerous free-kick from the right. He once again picks out Rodon, who this time is unmarked, but the Tottenham defender makes a mess of his headed attempt!
84' Rodon rises highest to get to an outswinging Ramsey corner from the right, but under pressure from several white Belgium shirts is unable to direct the ball goalwards.
82' Johnson is back on the pitch as the action resumes, and time is fast running out for his side to conjure up an equaliser.
81' After being felled by a robust challenge from Boyata near the Belgian byline, Johnson is left clutching his back on the turf, and when the ball is finallt kicked out, he receives some medical attention. The game therefore comes to a halt.
79' An inswinging cross at waist height by Williams causes some discomfort in the Belgium defence, but the visitors eventually get the ball clear, and they are now just over 10 minutes away from a rare clean sheet.
77' Easing the pressure on his side, Witsel buys a cheap free-kick from Williams, as he moves towards the Wales half at the start of a counter-attack.
75' A persistent run by Johnson, only just on as a substitute, ends with the young forward steering a shot well wide of the target via a deflection - he is clearly determined to make an impression in his cameo appearance.
R. Colwill
B. Davies
73' Colwill takes the place of Davies.
B. Johnson
G. Bale
73' Wales captain Bale is also taken off, and Nottingham Forest starlet Johnson comes on.
W. Burns
H. Wilson
73' Wales opt for a triple substitution in order to turn the game around. The first change sees Wilson making way for Burns.
E. Hazard
K. De Bruyne
72' Handing over the captain's armband to his colleague, De Bruyne is replaced by Eden Hazard.
D. Praet
L. Trossard
72' Martinez makes a double change: first, Trossard makes way for Praet.
70' With only 20 minutes or so remaining, Wales are making little real progress in their aim of finsing an equaliser, and Belgium are rather comfortably keeping their hosts at arm's length.
R. Norrington-Davies
Yellow Card
68' Soon after his introduction from the bench, Norrington-Davies is booked for raking his studs down Dendoncker's shin when he loses the ball with a heavy touch in midfield.
66' Already well ahead in both metrics during the first half, Belgium have further upped their game since the break, as they have had 65 per cent of the ball during the second half so far and boast a passing accuracy of 91 per cent.
64' A late challenge by Ampadu leaves Meunier in a heap near the halfway line, but the Belgium wing-back is soon back to his feet and resumes his role on the right flank.
R. Norrington-Davies
C. Roberts
61' Page responds to Belgium's change by swapping Roberts for Norrington-Davies.
T. Hazard
Y. Carrasco
61' After a frustrating game, Carrasco is replaced, and Thorgan Hazard will have the final half-hour to make an impression on the left flank.
A. Theate
Yellow Card
61' Attempting to cover across as Wales counter through James, a clear handball by Theate is punished by way of a yellow card.
59' Ramsey's corner picks out Mepham in the centre of the area, but after the defender's header lands at the feet of Bale, the ball then ends up ricocheting around the Belgian area before being cleared to safety.
57' Tielemans brings down Bale in midfield, as the Wales captain attempts to help his side push a few yards upfield - they have been pinned back at times in the early part of this second half.
J. Rodon
Yellow Card
55' Rodon is the first Wales player booked, as he mistimes a tackle from behind on Batshuayi.
53' CLOSE! Carrasco shimmies inside from the left flank, and once into the area, lines up a shot from an acute angle. His effort flies narrowly wide of the far post, with Trossard almost making sufficient contact on it to divert the ball goalwards.
M. Batshuayi-Atunga
51' After receiving the ball from Trossard just outside the area, Batshuayi turns smartly and rolls the ball into the path of Tielemans to shoot.
Y. Tielemans
51' BELGIUM LEAD! Trossard and Batshuayi combine on the brink of the box with a slick passing move, to tee up a shooting opportunity for Tielemans just inside the Wales area. The Leicester City midfielder then coolly slots the ball into the bottom-right corner, and Belgium go 1-0 up!
49' Belgium earn a second corner in quick succession, as they press for the game's opening goal.
47' Starting the second half on the front foot, Williams strides forward to the edge of the box and unleashes a powerful shot which zips a yard wide of the left-hand post.
46' We are back under way in Cardiff!
Belgium have played more games in Nations League history without any ending in a draw than any other team, with nine wins and five losses from 14 matches before today's fixture. Precedent suggests, then, that one of these sides will seize the chance to claim a winning goal after the interval.
An engaging if not enthralling affair has seen Wales carve out the best chances to score - and indeed they were a close offside call from breaking the deadlock in some style - but Belgium have been the side dominating the ball. Ampadu's disallowed strike was perhaps the highlight of the first half, in which the visitors have failed to make the most of some promising positions, while their new-look defence struggled to cope with the runs of James and his two wing-back colleagues. On the evidence so far, both teams will certainly feel three points are there to be claimed after the break.
45' + 3' Having had to hurdle Theate's aggressive challenge in first-half stoppage time, Roberts stays on the turf nursing an injury, but after dusting himself down is then fine to rejoin the action.
Y. Carrasco
Yellow Card
45' + 1' For bringing down Ramsey with a poorly-timed challenge, Carrasco becomes the first player booked today.
45' SAVE! Hennessey is forced to dive low to his right, palming out a fierce 20-yard effort from De Bruyne which threatens to sneak inside the goalkeeper's near post! That was a good effort by the Belgium captain, but still the game remains goalless.
44' After receiving a layoff by Trossard, De Bruyne's attempt from the edge of the box is blocked by one of several red Wales shirts that quickly descend on the Manchester City midfielder.
42' Following a deflected Batshuayi shot from the right side of the box, the ball bobbles up invitingly for Trossard at the back post, with space to shoot at goal. However, the Brighton forward fails to make clean contact and an excellent chance is spurned.
40' Again finding some space inside the opposition area, Roberts chests the ball down 15 yards out from goal before firing a shot over the crossbar.
A. Ramsey
J. Allen
38' After picking up an unfortunate injury, Allen is replaced shortly before half-time; his fellow midfield mainstay Ramsey comes on.
37' It appears as if Allen may not be able to continue, as he sits on the turf receiving medical attention - bringing the game to a temporary halt. Ramsey is already warming up, so an enforced change is surely afoot.
35' Having burst into the box after drifting in from his position out on the right flank, Roberts steers a difficult headed chance over the crossbar, following a cutback by Allen from the right byline.
33' In space on the left side of the Wales area, Carrasco is again the culprit, as his lack of control wastes a chance to either cross or shoot towards the far post from close range.
31' Nations League defeat against the Netherlands on Wednesday ended a 19-match unbeaten home run for Wales. Indeed, it was the Red Dragons' first loss suffered in Cardiff since Denmark claimed victory in the Welsh capital back in November 2018.
29' Hennessey makes a simple save, after Carrasco can only poke a weak effort at goal when umarked at the back post, following De Bruyne's cross from the right flank.
27' After chopping back inside from high up on the right flank, Bale sends an inswinging cross into the box, which is picked up by Williams at the back post. However, the Liverpool youngster cannot control the ball immediately and the chance of a shot at goal quickly evaporates.
26' A clumsy late challenge by Theate, who has pushed up well into the Wales half from his centre-back position, brings Bale down and ends the prospect of a Belgium attack.
24' Allen manages to twist his way into a position to shoot inside the box, following a smart pass from Davies, but his effort is blocked by a fast-closing white Belgian shirt.
22' Wilson intervenes near his own area, as he blocks the ball behind for a Belgium corner - the Red Devils' first of the game.
20' Now Wales are dictating the play for the first time, as Belgium drop back a few yards and protect their penalty area - the visitors have learned enough already to fear James' pace and guile, and their recent defensive record leaves a lot to be desired.
18' James is alert again, as he reacts first to a Williams ball down the left flank before moving into a shooting position on the left side of the area. His shot, though, is straight at Casteels, who makes a routine save.
16' Since September 2012, these two nations have met on seven occasions, playing each other in three qualification campaigns and the Euro 2016 quarter-final. Despite their famous victory in the Euros that day, Wales have still won just two of their last nine meetings with Belgium in all competitions.
14' CLOSE! After James stands Boyata up in the area, and rolls a well-weighted ball across the box, Theate covers well to prevent Bale turning it into the net at the near post and the Wales captain fires narrowly over the target from close range!
12' Belgium have enjoyed 62 per cent of the early possession despite being the away side today, and have already had two attempts at goal.
10' Williams brings down Meunier, conceding a free-kick, as the visitors start to press forward in search of the game's first goal.
8' Belgium have recovered from their close call with conceding the opener, as after Batshuayi has a shot blocked, Tielemans' effort on goal is palmed away by Hennessey in the centre of his goal.
6' NO GOAL! The VAR concludes that Rodon was in an offside position before Ampadu struck the ball, so the Wales 'goal' is disallowed!
5' WALES TAKE THE LEAD? From their second consecutive corner, Wales find the net, as Davies' blocked shot on the turn drops perfectly into the path of Ampadu on the edge of the box, and the midfielder sweeps the ball home past Casteels with unerring accuracy! However, a VAR check is in progress and will analyse the goal's validity - was there an offside?
3' A bright opening for the hosts sees James pick up the ball on the left side of the area, and his direct running forces Boyata to concede a corner. Straight after, Tielemans is called upon to block the ball behind for a second successive set-piece.
2' Trossard goes down in an early collision with Ampadu in midfield, but after a brief moment of concern, is then able to hobble back into the fray and is soon moving fairly freely.
1' We are under way at the Cardiff City Stadium!
The players are now out on the pitch in sunny Cardiff, with kick-off now just moments away!
With a lengthening injury list of their own, Belgium will be without Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, Amadou Onana and Charles De Ketelaere today. Thibaut Courtois is rested, so Casteels starts in goal, and the vastly experienced defensive duo of Alderweireld and Vertonghen are only named among the substitutes - Boyata and Theate come into the back three. Meanwhile, Eden Hazard starts on the bench.
Wales revert to something like their strongest starting lineup today, with Bale, Wilson and Ampadu among those brought back into the side. However, Ramsey is only named on the bench, while Kieffer Moore, Joe Morrell and Danny Ward are unavailable due to injuries - in the latter's absence, play-off hero Wayne Hennessey starts in goal.
SUBS: Simon Mignolet, Matz Sels, Lois Openda, Jan Vertonghen, Dennis Praet, Adnan Januzaj, Eden Hazard, Hans Vanaken, Toby Alderweireld, Timothy Castagne, Alexis Saelemaekers, Thorgan Hazard.
BELGIUM (3-4-3): Koen Casteels; Leander Dendoncker, Dedryck Boyata, Arthur Theate; Thomas Meunier, Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans, Yannick Carrasco; Kevin De Bruyne, Michy Batshuayi, Leandro Trossard.
SUBS: Tom King, Adam Davies, Matthew Smith, Mark Harris, Rubin Colwill, Aaron Ramsey, Wes Burns, Brennan Johnson, Chris Gunter, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Sorba Thomas, Jonny Williams.
WALES (3-4-3): Wayne Hennessey; Chris Mepham, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies; Connor Roberts, Ethan Ampadu, Joe Allen, Neco Williams; Harry Wilson, Gareth Bale, Daniel James.
With less than six months remaining until the World Cup, Belgium remain among the favourites for global glory despite a dip in form of late. The Red Devils have scored in 46 consecutive games since losing the 2018 World Cup semi-final to France and have just hit Poland for six in their latest Nations League outing. They lost their grip on top spot in FIFA's world rankings earlier this year, though, and were well beaten by the Netherlands at the start of this month - Roberto Martinez's side sit three points adrift of their neighbours in Group 4's race for first place.
Either side of achieving a long-held dream and reaching their first World Cup since 1958, Wales have suffered back-to-back defeats in Group A4 this month. Rob Page's side have so far struggled to adapt to life in the Nations League's top tier, following promotion from League B back in 2020. The Dragons may have secured their spot at Qatar 2022 by edging past Ukraine in last week's qualifying play-off, yet losing to both Poland and the Netherlands amid a packed summer schedule means they are still to pick up a point in the Nations League.
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