Tuesday October 15, 2013 1st Round: Group A Finished Koning Boudewijnstadion

Belgium 1 - 1 Wales

  • De Bruyne 64’
  • Ramsey 88’

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  1. World Cup - Ramsey strikes late as Wales draw in Belgium

    World Cup - Ramsey strikes late as Wales draw in Belgium

    Aaron Ramsey struck a late equaliser as Craig Bellamy's Wales swansong ended in a 1-1 draw in Belgium. More

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    Time:90'
    • Belgium
    • Wales
    • - RATINGS: WALES: Hennessey 9, Taylor 6, Gunter 6, Collins 7, Richards 6, Vaughan 6, King 6, Bellamy 7, Church 6, Ramsey 7, Robson-Kanu 6. Subs: Wilson.J 5, Vokes 6, Wilson. H 5.
    • - RATINGS - BELGIUM: Courtois 6, Alderweireld 7, Van Buyten 6, Vermaelen 6, Pocognoli 6, Witsel 7, Dembele 6, Chadli 6, De Bruyne 7, Mirallas 7, Lukaku 8. Subs: Hazard 7, Vertonghen 6, Bakkali 6.
    • - MAN OF THE MATCH - Wayne Hennessey (Wales) - An inspired display by the keeper who produced a string of top class saves to keep his side in the game prior to Ramsey's late leveller.
    • 90+3' FT: Belgium 1-1 Wales. A late leveller from Ramsey gives Coleman a huge lift and ensures Bellamy's international career ends in style. De Bruyne had opened the scoring for Belgium.
    • 90+2' Hennessey comes to the edge of his area to claim a dangerous ball over the top. The Wales keeper has been superb tonight.
    • 90+1' Three minutes added.
    • 90' Wales are ending on a high here. Corner ball. Can they win it?
    • 89' A great moment for Bellamy to have a big hand in that goal.
    • 88' GOAL! Wales are level! Aaron Ramsey pokes home from a tight angle after a beautifully weighted pass by Bellamy put him in down the left side of the area.
    • 87' WALES sub: Harry Wilson comes on to become his country's youngest ever player at 16 years and 207 days. He replaces Robson-Kanu.
    • 86' Wales trying to pose a late threat to Belgium and play the role of party poopers. Surely they can't snatch a point?
    • 85' The home crowd are in full voice now. It hasn't been about tonight. They have been light years ahead of anyone else in Grooup A and are on their way to Brazil in 2014.
    • 84' But it's still only 1-0 and Wales have a corner.... that comes to nothing.
    • 83' Belgium have had 29 efforts on goal now.
    • 82' Witsel finds space 20 yards out and rolls the ball into the path of De Bruyne who thunders a shot wide of the near post.
    • 81' Lukaku is a real handful. He's caused Wales so many problems in this second periood.
    • 80' CHANCE FOR WALES! Courtois can only palm out a free kick but the follow up is well saved by the keeper. Ramsey picks up the loose ball but can't convert the rebound.
    • 79' BOOKED - Bellamy argues with the ref and talks his way into the book. A shame on his final Wales appearance.
    • 79' It's been all Belgium but can Wales snatch something on the counter attack in the final moments?
    • 78' BELGIUM sub: Mirallas replaced by Zakaria Bakkali who comes on for his Belgium debut.
    • 77' GREAT EFFORT! Witsel flashes an acrobatic volley over the top from Mirallas' right-wing cross.
    • 76' Lukaku misses a golden opportunity as Witsel's knockdown somehow evades the big striker in the six-yard box.
    • 75' GREAT SAVE! Hennessey pulls off another fine stop to keep out Mirallas.
    • 74' Belgium stroking the ball around with an air of arrogance now.
    • 73' UPDATE: Scotland are 2-0 up against second-placed Croatia. Wales look set to finish fifth in a group of six teams.
    • 72' BELGIUM sub: Jan Vertonghen on for Van Buyten.
    • 70' WALES sub: Sam Vokes on for Church.
    • 69' Mirallas runs from left to right and crashes in a low shot that Hennessey does well to beat away at full stretch.
    • 68' The ball drifts to the far side but Belgium retain possession and push Wales back, deep into their own area.
    • 67' Corner to Belgium.
    • 66' Coleman must be cursing Collins' injury now. The West Ham man had been imperious up until his enforced withdrawal.
    • 65' All of a sudden the party atmosphere returns to Brussels.
    • 64' GOAL! Belgium 1-0 Wales. Chelsea's De Bruyne surges into the right side of the area and drills a low shot into the far corner after a neat flick into his path by Lukaku.
    • 63' GREAT SAVE! Hazard jinks into the area and fires in a low shot that Hennessey keeps out with his feet.
    • 62' Bellamy weaves his way into space down the left and cuts in before curling a shot well over the bar.
    • 61' Lukaku touches a high ball into the path of Hazard who smashes a shot a few yards past the left-hand post.
    • 60' Belgium just about clear the corner as Hazard wins a free kick off Bellamy.
    • 59' Chance for Wales as Neil Taylor sees a side footer from just outside the area deflected for a corner.
    • 58' BELGIUM sub: Nacer Chadli replaced by Chelsea's Eden Hazard.
    • 57' WALES sub: The injured Collins replaced by James Wilson who comes on to make his debut.
    • 56' Collins is down again. The ankle isn't going to last 90 minutes here.
    • 55' It's been all Belgium since the interval but Wales are still looking good.
    • 54' Lukaku turns provider, slipping a nicely timed pass into the run of Vermaelen who drags his shot wide. What was the Arsenal man doing up there?
    • 53' Alderweireld fizzes a stunning 40-yard pass into the path of Lukaku who shrugs off his man and crashes a powerful shot wide of the near upright from a tight angle.
    • 52' More problems for Collins and that ankle he turned in the first period. He's just raced to the touchline for additional strapping.
    • 51' A corner from the right is met by Vermaelen but he's a couple of yards wide of the right-hand post with his header.
    • 50' Corner to the hosts.
    • 49' Mirallas races in from the right and tees up De Bruyne who crashes a shot well over the top from 25 yards.
    • 48' STAT: Belgium have won five games out of nine against Wales, including the very first meeting between the countries in 1949.
    • 47' No changes at the break. Belgium looking to make a better start to this half than they did in the first.
    • 46' KICK OFF! Belgium restart the match.
    • 45+1' HALF-TIME: Belgium 0-0 Wales. A good first 45 from Chris Coleman's team.
    • 45' PENALTY APPEAL for Wales. Bellamy clips a delightful pass into the path of Church who goes down under a touch from Van Buyten. The ref says no spot-kick but there was definitely contact.
    • 44' A sloppy defensive header from an up-and-under presents Lukaku with a run at goal but his attempted curler is well blocked by a defender.
    • 43' A corner to Wales comes to nothing and Belgium break.
    • 42' Wales will be desperate to get in level at the break after a solid first 35 minutes or so. Belgium could easily have taken the lead in the last few moments though. Time for Coleman to try and steady the ship.
    • 41' Robson-Kanu jinks in from the right and drills in a low shot that Thibaut Courtois gathers at the second attempt.
    • 40' UPDATE: England 1-0 Poland. Wayne Rooney on target.
    • 39' SO CLOSE! Mirallas whips in a cross from the left that Lukaku meets with a flying header that flies inches past the post.
    • 38' The resulting corner flashes right across the Wales six yard box and two defenders get in each other's way before thrashing it to safety. Nervy moments for Coleman and co.
    • 37' WOODWORK! Alderweireld shows some great ball juggling skills on the edge of the area before thumping in a volley that deflects onto the crossbar. Mirallas seizes the rebound but sees his first shot blocked and then thrashes a second effort into the side netting.
    • 36' The first whistles of frustration emanating from the crowd. They came here to party but it's been a bit of a cold shower from their team so far.
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    • 33' A quick-thinking throw from Ramsey almost sends Bellamy away but the Cardiff striker's back heel doesn't come off and Robson-Kanu is left chasing a lost cause.
    • 32' More great link-up play by Ramsey as his deft flick almost puts Robson-Kanu in on goal. Great defending denies the Reading man.
    • 31' Half an hour gone and if you are Chris Coleman you are surely happy with what you have seen so far from an under-strength side.
    • 30' As it stands Wales would finish fifth in Group A.
    • 29' UPDATE: Scotland 1-0 Croatia.
    • 28' Signs of frustration on the touchline as Wilmots shows his anger at more slack possession play by his team.
    • 27' Bellamy's corner from the left is met by the imposing figure of Lukaku who comfortably beats Collins to the ball at the near post.
    • 26' Back up the other end and Wales have corner.
    • 25' CHANCE! Kevin Mirallas latches onto a low cross from Toby Alderweireld and fizzes in a low shot that Hennessey does well to keep out at his near post.
    • 23' Great determination by Ramsey down the right and he's unlucky not to earn a free kick. The Arsenal man is clearly playing with huge confidence at the moment.
    • 22' STAT: Wales have kept just the one clean sheet in NINE matches versus the Belgians.
    • 21' Great play by Ramsey who exchanges a one-two with Vaughan and tees up Robson-Kanu who drags his 20 yarder well wide of the far post.
    • 20' Collins looked in a fair bit of pain but looks determined to carry on. Play resumes.
    • 19' An injury concern for Collins who looks like he has turned an ankle.
    • 18' CHANCE! Lukaku races onto De Bruyne's pass in the right channel and fires in a shot but Wayne Hennessey does well to block it with his knees at the near post.
    • 17' Wales will be pretty pleased with how they have started tonight. Belgium have yet to really carve out an opening of note while the visitors have looked lively on the counter attack.
    • 16' The away team win a corner courtesy of Bellamy but from the resulting kick Ramsey fails to collect it at the near post and a chance to fire in a shot goes begging.
    • 15' The corner comes to nothing and Wales have a chance to break.
    • 14' Kevin De Bruyne gets in-behind the visitors' back line but Gunter gets back to make a timely challenge and concede another corner.
    • 13' Bellamy dances down the left and swings in a cross that is headed to safety. That left-hand channel seems to be Wales' best hope of getting some joy.
    • 12' Belgium are on a run of eight internationals without defeat - winning seven.
    • 11' Belgium beginning to dominate after a sluggish start.
    • 10' Serbia are 3-0 up Against Macedonia which means Wales won't finish bottom of the pile - unless there is an incredible turnaround there.
    • 9' Simon Church romps into space on the left side of the area but his attempt to hang up a cross goes all wrong as the ball drfits over the bar. Wasteful.
    • 8' Danger for Wales as Daniel Van Buyten misses a flick-on at the near post with the loose ball cannoning off Vermaelen and rolling harmlessly out of play. That could have gone anywhere off the Arsenal defender.
    • 7' Belgium beginning to turn the screw and Axel Witsel earns the first corner of the game when his long range shot deflects a few yards off target.
    • 6' STAT: Wales have met Belgium on nine previous occasions, with only three matches ending in Welsh victories.
    • 5' Lukaku seizes upon a loose ball and rampages towards the Wales area. The alarm bells ring for the visitors but James Collins comes across and averts trouble with a well-timed challenge.
    • 4' Interestingly, both of tonight's captains represent Arsenal at club level. Thomas Vermaelen skippers the Red Devils while an in-form Aaron Ramsey has the honour for Coleman's charges.
    • 3' Wales enjoying some good possession in the early moments. Andy King ghosts into the left side of the Belgium area but sees his clever cut back nipped off the toe of Hal Robson-Kanu.
    • 2' Wales playing in their changed strip of green and white.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Wales get us underway.
    • 19.55 It's party time here as the hosts look to celebrate their qualification for World Cup 2014 with a win in front of their own fans. Can an injury-ravaged Wales spoil the fun? Or will it be business as usual for this red-hot Belgian side?
    • 19.50 STAT: Belgium have won the last three meetings between the two teams, including a 2-0 win in the opening game of the current campaign at Cardiff City Stadium in September 2012.
    • 19.45 STAT: Reading defender Chris Gunter is set to become the youngest Welshman to reach 50 caps at the age of 24.
    • 19.42 Coleman (continued): "There are no excuses, we have had too many defeats. Finishing fourth in the group would not be a success because it's all about qualifying. When I say I want to look at how I can affect things going forward, do I want to deal with unrealistic expectations? But I can see the reasons why I want to lead the team. I can see why anyone would want to."
    • 19.40 Coleman could well be at the end of his spell as Wales boss after talks over a two-year contract extension stalled. He said: "When was the last time a side seeded sixth qualified? We were seeded sixth this time and the expectation was that we should qualify. Others who were maybe involved before me said this group were going to be this, that and the other. But if you look at the teams we have been up against, I don't think there is a tougher group."
    • 19.35 Keep up-to-date with all of tonight's World Cup qualifying scores via our LIVE multiplex.
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    • 19.30 Chris Coleman (Wales): “They are a very good team. We’ve been doing our homework on them and they are the most expensive team on the planet in terms of transfer fees. And I’d fancy them for the World Cup, they have a real outside chance. I don’t think there are many teams in the world looking at them saying ‘We’ll play them’ because they have 18 players out of 23 playing Champions League football – that will give you a chance no matter who you are playing. So it’s going to be difficult."
    • 19.25 Wales make one change from the team that beat Macedonia on Friday with Ash Richards coming in for Declan John. Craig Bellamy makes his 78th and final appearance for the Dragons who will line up with a 4-2-3-1 formation.
    • 19.20 Belgium will deploy a 4-3-2-1 formation with on-loan Everton striker Romelu Lukaku leading the line. 'Rode Duivels' have no fewer than six Premier League stars in their starting XI with another four on the bench.
    • 19.18 SUBS - BELGIUM: Mignolet, Vertonghen, Bakkali, Hazard, Gillet, Mertens, Defour, Lombaerts, Simons, Benteke, Casteels, Ciman. /// WALES: Myhill, Isgrove, Wilson, John, Alfei, Wilson, Jones, Cotterill, Easter, Williams, Wiggins, Vokes.
    • 19.15 CONFIRMED TEAMS - BELGIUM: Courtois, Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Vermaelen, Pocognoli, Witsel, Dembele, Chadli, De Bruyne, Mirallas, Lukaku. /// WALES: Hennessey, Taylor, Gunter, Collins, Richards, Vaughan, King, Bellamy, Church, Ramsey, Robson-Kanu... Subs to follow.
    • 19.10 Marc Wilmots on Belgium's qualification: “I got home at half one in the morning and my family was asleep. I cracked open a bottle of champagne and, all alone, drank a few glasses while watching what happened in the other groups. I also noted the joy in Belgium at our qualification. The next day my son played an under-15s match and I travelled 200km to watch him play, but not after my daughter prepared me a lovely breakfast.”
    • 19.05 The Belgians booked their place at next summer's tournament with a 2-1 win at second-placed Croatia on Friday night. So, Wales are up against it versus the Red Devils but Chris Coleman's side could still finish third if they pull off a shock win and Serbia fail to beat bottom-placed Macedonia. However, the Dragons could also end up at the foot of the table if they lose and Scotland and Macedonia triumph.
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    • 19.00 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the World Cup Group A qualifier between Belgium and Wales in what is the final round of matches.
  • Summary

    • 88' GOAL! Wales are level! Aaron Ramsey pokes home from a tight angle after a beautifully weighted pass by Bellamy put him in down the left side of the area.
    • 80' CHANCE FOR WALES! Courtois can only palm out a free kick but the follow up is well saved by the keeper. Ramsey picks up the loose ball but can't convert the rebound.
    • 79' BOOKED - Bellamy argues with the ref and talks his way into the book. A shame on his final Wales appearance.
    • 77' GREAT EFFORT! Witsel flashes an acrobatic volley over the top from Mirallas' right-wing cross.
    • 75' GREAT SAVE! Hennessey pulls off another fine stop to keep out Mirallas.
    • 69' Mirallas runs from left to right and crashes in a low shot that Hennessey does well to beat away at full stretch.
    • 64' GOAL! Belgium 1-0 Wales. Chelsea's De Bruyne surges into the right side of the area and drills a low shot into the far corner after a neat flick into his path by Lukaku.
    • 63' GREAT SAVE! Hazard jinks into the area and fires in a low shot that Hennessey keeps out with his feet.
    • 62' Bellamy weaves his way into space down the left and cuts in before curling a shot well over the bar.
    • 45' PENALTY APPEAL for Wales. Bellamy clips a delightful pass into the path of Church who goes down under a touch from Van Buyten. The ref says no spot-kick but there was definitely contact.
    • 39' SO CLOSE! Mirallas whips in a cross from the left that Lukaku meets with a flying header that flies inches past the post.
    • 37' WOODWORK! Alderweireld shows some great ball juggling skills on the edge of the area before thumping in a volley that deflects onto the crossbar. Mirallas seizes the rebound but sees his first shot blocked and then thrashes a second effort into the side netting.
    • 25' CHANCE! Kevin Mirallas latches onto a low cross from Toby Alderweireld and fizzes in a low shot that Hennessey does well to keep out at his near post.
    • 18' CHANCE! Lukaku races onto De Bruyne's pass in the right channel and fires in a shot but Wayne Hennessey does well to block it with his knees at the near post.
    • 19.15 CONFIRMED TEAMS - BELGIUM: Courtois, Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Vermaelen, Pocognoli, Witsel, Dembele, Chadli, De Bruyne, Mirallas, Lukaku. /// WALES: Hennessey, Taylor, Gunter, Collins, Richards, Vaughan, King, Bellamy, Church, Ramsey, Robson-Kanu... Subs to follow.

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    Manager: Marc Wilmots

  • Wales

    Manager: Chris Coleman

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