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Belgium v Wales Live Commentary, 22/09/2022

FT
2 - 1
BEL
WAL
K. De Bruyne (10)
M. Batshuayi (37)
K. Moore (50)
Stade Roi Baudouin

Commentary

That's all for now though, goodbye!
The Netherlands won 2-0 away against Poland, meaning Belgium remain second and Wales stay in fourth.
Belgium run out deserved 2-1 winners over Wales. The hosts dominated the first half and made their advantage count: first, De Bruyne slotted in from 20 yards with a precise finish, before Batshuayi doubled the lead with a tap-in from close range. Belgium could have been further ahead were it not for misses from the two goalscorers, Tielemans and Hazard. Wales improved in the second half and made things interesting when Moore headed firmly beyond Courtois, but Belgium comfortably held on for the three points.
90' + 7' FULL-TIME: BELGIUM 2-1 WALES
90' + 4' Mertens' corner is punched clear by Hennessey as time continues to run out for Wales.
C. De Ketelaere
K. De Bruyne
Belgium
90' + 2' De Bruyne is replaced by De Ketelaere after a superb display.
90' + 2' Six minutes of stoppage time have been added on.
90' + 1' It's end to end stuff now! First, Courtois beats away James' 20-yard strike, before De Bruyne's cross is blocked on the counter. Wales promptly pour forward again, but Johnson's vicious cross is pushed to safety by Courtois.
89' Wide! Mertens drifts inside of Connor Roberts before curling a delicate 15-yard shot wide of the far post.
88' Vanaken goes down under pressure from Rodon just inside the box, but the referee calmly waves play on. There wasn't much in that claim.
86' Wide! Connor Roberts nods a cross down to Johnson, who screws a 12-yard strike wide of the far post! Was that Wales' best chance for an equaliser?
T. Roberts
R. Norrington-Davies
Wales
84' Norrington-Davies heads off with Tyler Roberts taking his place, as Wales send on another attacker.
84' Wales probe with a long spell of possession, but they can't find any space inside the Belgium third and eventually the hosts win the ball back.
82' Wales are just about hanging on in there in this game, but time is now running out for an equaliser.
80' No penalty! After a check with VAR the referee sees clearly that Morrell played the ball during his tackle on De Bruyne and the penalty decision is overturned!
G. Bale
Yellow Card
Wales
78' Bale is booked after protesting vociferously about the decision to award a penalty.
78' Penalty to Belgium! Meunier feeds De Bruyne inside the box and the attacker tumbles after a lunge from Morrell! The referee points to the spot, but it looked like Morrell made contact with the ball and this could be overturned.
H. Vanaken
Y. Tielemans
Belgium
76' Tielemans makes way for Vanaken in midfield as Belgium make another change.
73' Wales continue to grow into the game. This time James leads a swift counter-attack, before chipping in a cross that Meunier heads behind.
71' There's just the slightest anxiety amongst the home fans right now as Debast misplaces a pass. Could Belgium end up throwing this game away?
69' Chance! It's a scare for Belgium as James shimmies away from Meunier, before sending in a dangerous cross that Bale heads over from eight yards!
67' Alderweireld slams De Bruyne's cross high and wide from 10 yards.
D. Mertens
Y. Carrasco
Belgium
65' Carrasco also heads off after a thrilling attacking display, with Mertens ready to take his place.
L. Trossard
E. Hazard
Belgium
65' Hazard makes way for Trossard.
L. Openda
M. Batshuayi
Belgium
65' Batshuayi is replaced by Openda after a superb display up top that was punctuated by a goal and an assist.
G. Bale
K. Moore
Wales
64' Bale comes on to a great roar from the away end - Moore is the man to make way.
J. Morrell
M. Smith
Wales
64' Two changes for Wales: the first sees Morrell come on in midfield for Smith.
63' The hosts have continued to dominate since Wales got a goal back, but as long as there's just a goal in it, the visitors still have a chance of snatching an unlikely result.
61' Belgium work a clever free-kick routine that ends with Tielemans blasting a wild shot over from 25 yards.
E. Ampadu
Yellow Card
Wales
59' Ampadu joins Mepham in the book after a late challenge on Carrasco.
55' Carrasco's dangerous low cross into the six-yard box is hacked clear by Rodon.
53' Belgium attempt to settle the game down with a long spell of harmless possession.
52' Well, Wales are back into it against the run of play! Will Belgium stumble now or can they continue to dominate?
B. Johnson
Assist
Wales
50' It was a routine cross from Johnson to the back post, but Moore's height and athleticism to jump over Alderweireld turned it into a huge chance!
K. Moore
Goal
Wales
50' GOALLL! MOORE! 2-1. Wales pull one back. Johnson beats Witsel before standing up a cross to the back post, where Moore is on hand to nod a powerful header beyond Courtois!
C. Mepham
Yellow Card
Wales
49' Mepham is booked after a late kick on the ankles against Hazard.
Hazard's deep cross is aimless and Williams slices it clear at the back post.
Belgium kick the second half off.
Belgium wracked up 15 shots in that first half and Wales will need to tighten up significantly to prevent this from becoming embarrassing.
Belgium lead 2-0 at the break following a superb performance. The hosts sliced through Wales throughout and the scoreline could easily be much more impressive. They got to work quickly when De Bruyne clinically slotted in from 20 yards, but the midfielder could have added to his tally when he hit the post and missed a one-on-one. Nevertheless, Belgium were still able to double their lead when De Bruyne set up Batshuayi for a close-range finish. Wales, on the other hand, offered little and it could be a long second half for them.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: BELGIUM 2-0 WALES
45' + 1' Moore flicks James' corner towards Williams at the back post, but his strike deflects harmlessly over the bar.
45' Hazard finds De Bruyne with a stunning nutmeg before receiving a return pass and firing a shot against Rodon.
44' SAVE! Zebast curls a delightful pass down the channel, releasing De Bruyne clean through on goal! The attacker approaches Hennessey before hitting a low effort towards the bottom corner that the goalkeeper flicks away with his toe! The resulting set-piece amounts to nothing.
42' Rodon heads Williams' deep free-kick back across goal, but Witsel is on hand to hack it away.
40' Well, Belgium will be thrilled with this half. They've torn through Wales throughout and they have a two-goal advantage to show for it.
K. De Bruyne
Assist
Belgium
37' De Bruyne returns the favour to Batshuayi. After the striker set up his own goal, De Bruyne provides a superb cross to set Batshuayi up for a tap-in.
M. Batshuayi
Goal
Belgium
37' GOALLL! BATSHUAYI! 2-0. Belgium get a second. This time it's De Bruyne who breezes past Amapdu before sending in the perfect cross towards the six-yard box, where Batshuayi slides in to tap it into an empty net!
37' Wales have a rare chance to attack, but James' corner is plucked out of the air by Courtois.
36' Wide! Hazard sends Roberts the wrong way, before cutting inside and bending a 12-yard strike narrowly wide of the far post!
34' James has a shot blocked by Witself, but Moore was offside during the build-up and it wouldn't have counted anyway.
32' Belgium have been completely dominant since the first goal: they've produce 10 shots compared to zero from Wales.
30' Off the post! Belgium slice through Wales once more as Hazard picks out De Bruyne on the edge of the box. However, this time the midfielder can only place his shot against the foot of the post, with Hennessey left motionless!
28' Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi has now been involved in six goals in his last seven appearances for Belgium (3 goals, 3 assists), including an assist against Wales in June.
26' Carrasco shimmies into the box before having a shot blocked by Mepham. Wales are desperately trying to weather the storm right now.
24' BLOCKED! Batshuayi sets De Bruyne free with a clever flick and the attacker drives into the box before slotting it past Hennessey, only for Rodon to hack it clear!
22' Belgium are in complete control of this game now: the hosts are knocking it around confidently while Wales chase shadows.
20' Belgium pour forward with another slick move that culminates with De Bruyne blazing over from 20 yards.
18' Block! Batshuayi latches onto Vertonghen's clipped pass over the top, but just as he's about to crack off a shot from eight yards, Norrington-Davies fights back to block it away!
16' Wales have been reeling since the Belgium goal and need to find a way to tighten up fast.
14' CHANCE! Carrasco turns Roberts inside out before squaring it to Tielemans eight yards out! The midfielder simply needs to hit the target, but he slices his effort wide of the far post!
12' Well, Belgium have quickly found a way past Wales. The visitors looked bright early on, but their chances of a result seem slim now.
M. Batshuayi
Assist
Belgium
10' Batshuayi frightened Norrington-Davies and the Wales defence into backing off and he made the most of the space granted with an incisive pass to tee up De Bruyne for a superb finish.
K. De Bruyne
Goal
Belgium
10' GOALLL! DE BRUYNE! 1-0. Belgium take an early lead. Batshuayi dribbles towards the edge of the box, before sliding a neat pass across to De Bruyne who clinically slots a low effort into the bottom corner from 20 yards!
7' De Bruyne combines with Batshuayi to get to the byline, but his cross hits Mepham before ricocheting back off the Belgium man and going behind for a goal kick.
5' Wales continue to impose themselves early on as an intricate move breaks up when the referee collides with Smith.
3' Wales make a promising start as Johnson cuts aggressively towards the byline, before chipping in a cross that narrowly evades Moore.
1' Wales kick off the first half.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just minutes away!
Belgium have never lost a home match against Wales in seven previous meetings on home soil (W4 D3), winning 3-1 in the most recent game at Den Dreef in March 2021.
Wales make four changes to the side that lost 3-2 to Belgium last time out. Thomas, Davies, Burns and Wilson make way for Roberts, Williams, Norrington-Davies and Moore.
Belgium make four changes following their win over Poland during the last international break. Courtois, Debast, Meunier and De Bruyne come in for Mignolet, Dendoncker, Castagne and Thorgan Hazard.
SUBS: Gareth Bale, Chris Gunter, Luke Harris, Dylan Levitt, Tom King, Mark Harris, Jonathan Williams, Danny Ward, Joe Morrell, Sorba Thomas, Tyler Roberts, Ben Cabango.
WALES (4-3-3): Wayne Hennessey; Connor Roberts, Joe Rodon, Chris Mepham, Neco Williams; Matthew Smith, Ethan Ampadu, Rhys Norrington-Davies; Dan James, Kieffer Moore, Brennan Johnson.
SUBS: Amadou Mvom Onana, Timothy Castagne, Arthur Theate, Charles de Ketelaere, Lois Openda, Leandro Trossard, Dries Mertens, Leander Dendoncker, Koen Casteels, Simon Mignolet, Alexis Saelemaekers, Hans Vanaken.
BELGIUM (3-4-2-1): Thibaut Courtois; Zeno Debast, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen; Thomas Meunier, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel, Yannick Carrasco; Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard; Michy Batshuayi.
Wales, meanwhile, find themselves in last place in the group with just one point from four games. With two defeats in their last three matches, they’ll be aiming to shock Belgium today and shake off their recent malaise.
Belgium enter this one second in the group, three points behind leaders Netherlands. With two wins and a draw (against Wales) in their last three fixtures, they’ll be looking for another positive result today as they aim to put pressure on the Netherlands and continue their preparations for the upcoming World Cup.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this UEFA Nations League Group A4 fixture between Belgium and Wales.