The Devils had to win to continue to hope to advance to the next round, it’s done. Nevertheless, the Netherlands won in Poland, which means that Belgium will have to win in the Netherlands by more than 4 goals. Wales are still bottom with one point. It was the last home game before the World Cup and the first game with the new shirt that caused controversy this week.
Changes : Openda (for Batshuayi, 64th), Mertens (for Carrasco, 64th), Trossard (for E. Hazard, 64th), Vanaken (for Tielemans, 75th), De Ketelaere (for De Bruyne, 90th)
Happy with his first selection, Anderlecht defender Zeno Debast will even enjoy his first start in central defense tonight alongside Vertonghen and Alderweireld, a full Jupiler Pro League defense! Eden Hazard is taking advantage of the international break to gain playing time with his family, his brother is not present as for him just like Romelu Lukaku who was not selected.
Wales: Hennessey – Williams, Mepham, Rodon, Roberts – Norrington-Davies (T. Roberts, 83rd), Ampadu, Smith (Morrel, 63rd) – Johnson, Moore (Bale, 63rd), D. James
A cheerful first launched by De Bruyne
The first 5 minutes are shared, the next 5 are completely dominated by Belgium. It only takes one opportunity to allow the Devils to take the lead. On a good counter-attack, Kevin De Bruyne takes Batshuayi’s pass in one beat, into the small right net of the big Hennessey who can only bow.
Two minutes later, Carrasco plays with his defender thanks to a double touch before crossing the penalty spot towards Tielemans who takes the ball as he can, next to the goal. KDB tries his luck a second time, from outside the rectangle, but it goes over. Launched deep on the left side, he brushes the double but crunches his face-to-face shot, which is saved in front of the line by a Welsh defender. In the process, Batshuayi also misses his recovery and sends him far into the stands. De Bruyne, again, took advantage of a counter-attack to try his luck again near the rectangle, his cross shot stopped on the post.
Hazard, author of a good first, takes out his usual hook and also grazes the right post with his shot. The inevitable De Bruyne takes the ball from Meunier on its way and distills a caviar in front of the line for Batshuayi who sends the ball into the empty net.
The first Welsh alert comes from a dead phase, the well-kicked free kick arrives on the head of Rodon who deflects towards the cages where Witsel, well placed, clears the ball. A second header arrives on Courtois who sends the ball out of danger.
Waiters on returning from the locker room
Feeling of sufficiency when returning from the locker room. The pace is lower and the Belgians are less present in the duel. Johnson, completely alone, crosses for Moore who, using his long stature, gets ahead of Debast and crucifies Courtois from close range. The second half is on.
The next 2 minutes are dominated, in terms of possession, by Belgium. Few opportunities are noted, except the beautiful recovery of Alderweireld on Corner. Gareth Bale, barely back, pops up in the rectangle to wake up the game a bit. Fortunately, his head goes above the frame.
Made of match 15 minutes from time, De Bruyne, in the surface, is tackled in his back by Morrell who, at first sight, touches the ball and is not at fault. Thanks to the VAR, the referee logically cancels the previously whistled penalty. Unusual scene then: the referee does not whistle for a corner but gives the ball to the opposing goalkeeper.
At the end of the game, the Welsh went into second and the attacks multiplied around the rectangle of Thibaut Courtois, without really worrying him except for a strike from Williams. The match ends without Roberto Martinez who took a red card following a protest after a tackle from Meunier.