The Red Devils beat Wales 2-1 on Thursday evening at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels after their fifth match in group 4 of the Nations League (League A). The Belgian goals were signed Kevin De Bruyne (10th) and Michy Batshuayi (38th). Kieffer Moore (50th) gave hope to the Welsh.
In the standings, and taking into account the Netherlands’ 0-2 victory in Poland, Belgium occupies 2nd place in the standings with 10 points behind the Netherlands, which has 13. The two neighbors will meet again this Sunday evening in Amsterdam. at the conclusion of this group stage. Only the winner will be qualified for the four-goal final phase of this 3rd edition of the Leauge Nations scheduled for June 2023. The Red Devils will have to beat the Oranje by four goals to finish first.
Roberto Martinez had created the surprise by establishing Zeno Debast in defense from his first selection. The 18-year-old Anderlechtois was preferred to Leander Dendoncker and other Wout Faes.
After ten minutes during which the Welsh demonstrated their desire to do well, the Devils found the opening. A movement launched by Debast, extended Meunier and Batshuayi, shifted to the right, was taken up in time at the entrance to the large rectangle by De Bruyne (1-0, 10th), his 25th goal in 92 caps.
From then on the Belgians, in their new outfit (red jersey, black cuffs, black shorts, black stockings, yellow flocking), deployed an attractive offensive game multiplying the scoring opportunities (15 shots on goal in the first period). Alternately Thielemans (14th), following work by Carrasco, De Bruyne (20th) without momentum and again in the 23rd could not conclude. « KDB » approached the target by shaking the post (27th), Hazard still missed the target before Batshuayi extended De Bruyne’s super serve into the net (2-0, 38th) to score his 26th goal in 46 caps. De Bruyne, man-orchestra of this first half, could still have weighed down the mark without a hand from Hennessey who diverted the sending (43rd). Courtois and the Belgian defense only trembled on a stopped phase when Witsel diverted in front of the line a resumption of the head of Rodon (40th).
It is still airs that the danger came shortly after the recovery and this time Moore easily overcame Debast to reduce the mark (2-1, 50th). This goal changed everything. The more aggressive Welsh grew bolder. The Devils, who could no longer find the gaps, quickly decided to change their offensive device. Openda, Mertens and Trossard replaced in the 65th respectively Batshuayi, Eden Hazard and Carrasco. On the Welsh side, Bale made his entry into the game at the same time. He almost proved to be decisive but his header shot missed the target (68th). The pace of the meeting dropped noticeably. If the Belgians thought they had obtained a penalty in the 77th minute following an intervention by Morell on De Bruyne, the VAR ruled out the referee. As a result, Roberto Martinez’s players remained at the mercy of the Welsh until the end, as on the sending of James that Courtois had to save (89th) or even on a center shot from Johnson (90th).
For the anecdote, Roberto Martinez was sent back to the locker room by Mr. Palabiyik for wanting to save time (90th +5).
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