Belgium beat Wales 2-1 (22) this afternoon, in a match that applied to the fifth round of the group stage of the Nations League. The result was built with goals from De Bruyne and Batshuayi, for the Belgians. Moore scored for the Welsh. The Manchester City midfielder, in addition to the goal, gave an assist, hit a ball against the post and received a penalty that VAR eventually indicated was a mistake to cancel.
As a result, Commander Roberto Martinez continues in the viceGroup 3 leadership. This is because the Netherlands beat Poland and is 100% in the competition.
Thus, Belgium will have to beat the Dutch in a head-to-head clash and beat them on goal difference to qualify. On the other hand, Wales have increased their big chances of relegation, as they need to beat Poland to turn their situation around.
The Belgians return to the pitch to face the Netherlands on Sunday (25), at 15:45 (GMT), ahead of the final round of the Nations League group stage. The Welsh face Poland, same day and time.
In the 10th minute of the game, Belgium opened the scoring. Meunier fed the ball to Batshuayi and the striker controlled the edge of the box. From there he served the arrival of De Bruyne, who finished first in Hennessy’s left corner.
Shirt 7 again! After a counter attack on the left, Hazard controlled the ball and played for De Bruyne in the middle. With space, he spot-kicked the goalkeeper’s right post, which remained motionless.
Belgium is expanding!
At the end of the first stage, Roberto Martinez’s men extended their advantage. Kevin De Bruyne received on the right side and gave a perfect pass to Batshuayi who pushed to the back of the goal.
Before finishing the first 45 minutes, there was still time for the 7 shirt to finish once more and require Hennessy to make a good save to avoid the Belgians’ third.
Discounts in Wales
In the first minutes of the second half, Wales reduced the Belgian advantage. Johnson fell to Belgium’s double tag and still managed to cross into the small area. There, Moore climbed higher than anyone else and turned, at point blank range, to beat Courtois and hit the net.
VAR in action
De Bruyne received in the box and went down after contact with Morel, but soon got up to receive the ball and take the corner. However, the match referee awarded the penalty. VAR then suggested the check and the penalty was overturned.
Wales on “All or Nothing”
As the game ended, Wales began to be more attacking and look for an equaliser, even demanding good saves from goalkeeper Courtois. However, he was unable to get past the best goalkeeper in the world and avoid defeat.
Belgium 2 x 1 Wales
Cause: Group stage of the Nations League
Place: Roy Beaudoin Stadium in Brussels (Belgium)
date and time: September 22, 2022, at 15:45 (Brasilia time)
Objectives: De Bruyne (10′ Q1 – BEL), Batshuayi (37′ Q1 – BEL), Moore (5′ Q2 – WAL)
Yellow cards: Mepham (WAL), Ampadu (WAL), Bale (WAL)
Belgium: Courtois; Debst, Alderweireld and Vertonghen; Monier, Tielemans (Venken), Witsel and Carrasco (Troussard); De Bruyne (De Cutlar), Eden Hazard (Martens) and Batshuayi (Opande). technician: Roberto Martinez
Wales: Hennessey; Connor Roberts, Rawdon, Mapham and Neko Williams; Ampadu, Smith (Morell) and Norrington-Davies (Tyler Roberts); James, Johnson and Moore (Bale). technician: Robert Page