Belgium vs Wales: Nations League – LIVE | The League of Nations

Belgium: Courtois, Debast, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Carrasco, De Bruyne, Batshuayi, Hazard.
Subs: Mignolet, Casteels, Theate, Openda, Mertens, De Ketelaere, Trossard, Onana, Dendoncker, Vanaken, Castagne, Saelemaekers.

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Wales: Hennessey, C Roberts, Rodon, Mepham, N Williams, Smith, Ampadu, Norrington-Davies, James, Moore, Johnson.
Subs: Ward, King, Gunter, Cabango, Levitt, T Roberts, Bale, Morrell, J Williams, Harris, Thomas, Harris.

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Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey).

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Wales’s A4 Nations League campaign took an understandable back seat to their World Cup qualifying bid. Robert Page and his Qatar-bound men wouldn’t change a thing, but as a result relegation from the top tier of Uefa’s shiny new tournament looks more likely than not. If they’re not to go down, they’ll need to at least one win from their last two matches, two if Poland beat the Netherlands tonight. Small problem: Wales have never beaten Belgium on their own pitch, and since knocking them out of Euro 2016, are winless in three against the world number two side, losing on their last visit 3-1 in 2021. Big game coming up, then; just as well Wales have developed a habit of turning up for them. Kick off is at 7.45pm BST. It’s on!

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main events

4 minutes: Tillmans, who is perhaps low on confidence given Leicester’s problems, possession of the ships with ridiculous ease in the center circle. Johnson races with intent to attack, only to have a Welsh counter in his tracks be stopped by a whistle because there are two balls on the field. Rob Page is not happy.

2 minutes: Quick start Wales He sees Williams crisscrossing deep from the left, then responds the sweet Johnson from the right. It doesn’t deliver on quality, but early indications are that Wales has come here to try it out.

8 seconds: Moore inserted his elbow into Vertonghen’s jaw and is very lucky not to delve into the book. Early calling card.

After both teams took a knee in a gesture of solidarity against discrimination, Wales Get the ball rolling. More noise coming from the crowd now, to be fair.

The difference is out! Belgium He wears red, forcing Wells to choose a second white. King Baudouin’s stadium isn’t full to capacity, far from it, so the atmosphere is somewhat lacking, although supporting Welsh travel is doing their part by giving it plenty. We will leave after the anthems. Enough time for Marie Waltz to put up a poser: “How can Belgium, with all such incredible talent, be so consistently poorly performed?” No idea Mary, sorry.

Robert Martinez. Photo: Rex/Shutterstock

Rob Page talks to S4C. “We went as hard as we could. It would be a big risk to play Gareth Bale from the start. No doubt he’s going to play some part tonight, but it was crazy to play with him from the start. We’re up against good opposition, and ready for a tough fight. It’s all about this game.” They want to finish top of the group, we want to stay in the division, so there is everything to play for.”

Gareth Bale, who is currently working to increase his fitness in matches with the Los Angeles club, starts this match on the bench. Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy takes the captain’s armband. Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies, Harry Wilson and Joe Allen have all lost to injury.

In other star news, Kevin De Bruyne started for BelgiumEden Hazard leads the Real Madrid team. Leicester City’s Yuri Tillmans also starts.

Bell is in business in Los Angeles (admittedly, he kicked out the first ceremonial pitch before the Los Angeles Dodgers played the Minnesota Twins, but business is business).
Bell is in business in Los Angeles (admittedly, he kicked out the first ceremonial pitch before the Los Angeles Dodgers played the Minnesota Twins, but business is business). Photo: Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports

the difference

Belgium: Courtois, Debast, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Meunier, Tillmans, Witsel, Carrasco, De Bruyne, Batshuayi, Hazard.
Subs: Mignolet, Castells, Tate, Obenda, Mertens, de Kettler, Trussard, Onana, Dendoncker, Vanaken, Kastain, Salemaker.

Wales: Hennessy, C. Roberts, Rodon, Mepham, N. Williams, Smith, Ampadu, Norrington-Davies, James, Moore, Johnson.
Subs: Ward, King, Gunther, Kapango, Levitt, T Roberts, Bell, Morell, J. Williams, Harris, Thomas, Harris.

Rule: Ali Blabek (Turkey).

Preamble

A4 in Wales The League of Nations The campaign took an understandable back seat to the World Cup qualifying bid. Robert Page and his men heading to Qatar won’t change a thing, but as a result, a top-flight relegation to the illustrious new UEFA Champions League seems more likely than not. If they don’t back down, they will need to win at least one of their last two games, twice if Poland beat the Netherlands tonight. A small problem: Wales have not beaten Belgium at home, and since their expulsion from Euro 2016, they have not won in three matches against the world number two team, losing on their last visit 3-1 in 2021. Big game coming up, then; Just as Wells developed the habit of appearing for them. Kick off at 7.45pm GMT. It’s up!