Cardiff City Stadium - Cardiff 07/09/2012 - 20:45CET (19:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group A

Wales - Belgium
0-2
 

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Belgium see off ten-man Wales

Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 22.45CET
Wales 0-2 Belgium
Marc Wilmots' charges got their FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign off to a winning start, aided by a 26th-minute red card for their hosts.
Belgium see off ten-man Wales
Belgium captain Vincent Kompany heads in a Dries Mertens corner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Wales
Belgium

0

Goals scored

2

4

Total attempts

23

1

Attempts on target

6

1

off target

10

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

5

Corners

13

0

Offsides

1

2

Yellow cards

2

1

Red Cards

0

5

Fouls committed

9

9

Fouls suffered

5

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 10:35 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 22.45CET

Belgium see off ten-man Wales

Wales 0-2 Belgium
Marc Wilmots' charges got their FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign off to a winning start, aided by a 26th-minute red card for their hosts.

Belgium got off to the perfect start in Group A, earning a 2-0 victory over Wales, who played with ten men for more than an hour.

After a bright start, James Collins' 26th-minute red card put Chris Coleman's side on the back foot, and Vincent Kompany headed Belgium in front 15 minutes later. Jan Vertonghen fired in a free-kick seven minutes from time to round off the scoring.

Shorn of a host of players through injury, including captain Craig Bellamy and midfielders Joe Allen and Joe Ledley, Wales still started well. They almost took an early lead when David Edwards smashed the side netting after Steve Morison's flick gave Guillaume Gillet problems.

Belgium soon reasserted themselves, controlling possession and dropping in dangerous crosses via Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens. Indeed, Wales needed a brilliant last-ditch header by Collins to prevent Thomas Vermaelen meeting a wicked Mertens delivery. Collins was soon off the pitch, however, dismissed for a dangerous tackle on Gillet.

Mertens curled narrowly past the right post as Belgium sought to exploit their numerical advantage, and the opener arrived four minutes before the break, captain Kompany powerfully heading in a Mertens corner from a difficult position.

Mertens and Belgium immediately pinned back Wales from the restart. The winger neatly cut in from the left but handed Boaz Myhill a comfortable low save, and shortly after crossed expertly for Romelu Lukaku, whose header was deflected over.

Gareth Bale stung Thibaut Courtois' palms from a free-kick and Ashley Williams headed over from the following corner as Wales fought back. But it was Vertonghen who had the final say thanks to his drilled effort low inside Myhill's right-hand post.

Last updated: 08/05/14 8.44CET

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Lineups

Wales

Wales

Belgium

Belgium

1Boaz Myhill (GK)1Thibaut Courtois (GK)
2Chris Gunter2Guillaume Gillet
Yellow Card79
3Adam Matthews3Thomas Vermaelen
4Darcy Blake4Vincent Kompany (C)
Goal41
5James Collins
Red Card26
5Jan Vertonghen
Goal83
Yellow Card89
6Ashley Williams
Yellow Card83
6Axel Witsel
7David Edwards
Substitution80
7Mousa Dembélé
Substitution64
8Simon Church
Substitution72
8Marouane Fellaini
9Steve Morison
Substitution72
9Kevin Mirallas
Substitution46
10Aaron Ramsey (C)10Eden Hazard
11Gareth Bale11Dries Mertens

Substitutes

12Jason Brown (GK)12Simon Mignolet (GK)
21Lewis Price (GK)21Jean-François Gillet (GK)
13Ben Davies13Laurent Ciman
14Sam Ricketts14Kevin De Bruyne
Substitution64
15Ashley Richards15Toby Alderweireld
16David Vaughan16Daniel Van Buyten
17Andy King
Substitution80
17Igor De Camargo
18Rob Earnshaw18Steven Defour
19Sam Vokes
Substitution72
Yellow Card85
19Nicolas Lombaerts
20Jonathan Williams20Romelu Lukaku
Substitution46
22Hal Robson-Kanu
Substitution72
22Timmy Simons
23Christian Benteke

Coach

Chris Coleman (WAL) Marc Wilmots (BEL)

Referee

Stefan Johannesson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Joakim Flink (SWE)

Fourth official

Martin Hansson (SWE)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Wales

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Serbia, 11 September 2012, 6-1
  • Belgium

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Croatia, 11 September 2012, 1-1
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