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Belgium v Wales : World Cup Qualifier, latest news and fans opinion : LIVE TEXT AS IT HAPPENS
Wednesday, 24th Mar 2021 20:06 by The pulse of the dragon

It’s the start of the World Cup qualifications for Wales. No tougher start against the team that beat England twice in the last World Cup finals. Click below for our Matchday thread, follow the views of the fans and enjoy getting involved, it’s all here on Swansea Independent, plus all the news as it happens.

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Defenders Ben Davies and Tom Lockyer have withdrawn from Wales' squad for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier away to Belgium because of injury.

They will also miss Saturday's friendly with Mexico and a second World Cup qualifier at home to the Czech Republic next Tuesday. Assistant manager Robert Page said both players suffered "significant injuries" playing for their clubs.

CHRIS COLEMAN on the game tonight

Swansea born, ex swans player and Wales manager Chris Coleman puts his views forwards pre match. "If any of the lads are thinking they can go to Belgium and play 90% or even 95% and nick a win, then it's not going to happen," Coleman said. "So they've got to go 100%, they've got to believe 100%, put themselves on the line and not be afraid to get it wrong. Sometimes we do that and play within ourselves - not just Wales, all athletes do that - but if we can just be brave, we're good enough to go and get a result.

"I know they're the best team in the world, they're ranked number one, but we've done it before and we can do it again. There are going to be moments when it's going to get really hard, it'll be really tough and those are the moments you just hang on like your life depended on it and you wait for a little opportunity.We will get one of those opportunities and... when you play one of these top international teams you've got to get used to large parts of the game where you're being dictated to in terms of possession, because the opposition are just that good. You've got to sit in and bide your time... and that's what we've got to get used to now."

Tonight's Teams
Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen (c); Meunier, De Bruyne, Dendoncker, Tielemans; Mertens, Lukaku, T. Hazard

Subs: Mignolet, Casteels, Denayer, Trossard, Foket, Vanaken, Januzaj, Praet, Benteke, Castagne, Doku, Batshuayi

Wales: Ward; Mepham, Lawrence, Rodon; C.Roberts, Wilson, Allen, Ampadu, N.Williams; James, Bale (c)

Subs: Hennessey, Davies, Gunter, Cabango, J.Williams, Robson-Kanu, Moore, Morrell, Norrington-Davies, Smith, Lawrence


7 -Joe Allen is off with a hamstring pull

GOAL! Belgium 0-1 Wales (Wilson)
Bale sprays out wide to Roberts, who hits it first time back to Bale, and the Spurs star plays a deft through ball for Wilson to latch on to and he sweeps home.

18- Rodon keeping Lukaku at bay but
Should be 1-1 it's a typically brilliant ball from De Bruyne, who whips a low ball across the penalty area, but Lukaku, on his left foot, can't keep his balance and his shot goes sky high over the bar from close range.

20 - it’s 1-1 now, Kevin De Bruyne.

25- Hazard makes it 2-1 to Belgium.

Bale is battling in a wales shirt yet again - 2-1 after 30 mins.

Half Time 2-1. A long 45 mins ahead for Wales.

Second half underway

Wales start really well, two good chances for Bale, very positive

55 - lovely ball from Neco to Dan James, cuts inside but his shot goes wide. Then again a half chance but James shot is poor after a defensive error. Martinez won't be happy with this at all.

This isn't a bad reaction at all.

Penalty for Belgium, dreadful defending by Mepham.
Scored by Lukaku

3-1 Belgium.

All the good work undone by seriousy silly Meopham defending.

Wales continue to look for a goal. Moore on for Bale.

Well, the best side were Wales second half, maybe we shouldn't talk about better sides who lose games. It grates a bit.

Final score
Belgium 3 Wales 1

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