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Wales belief grows with point in Belgium

Published: Sunday 16 November 2014, 20.45CET
Belgium 0-0 Wales
The visitors remain in a commanding position in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group B after holding Belgium to a tense goalless draw in Brussels.
by Derek Brookman
from King Baudouin Stadium

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Match statistics

BelgiumWales

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)57
 
43
Total attempts16
 
8
on target5
 
4
off target8
 
4
blocked3
 
0
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners8
 
3
Offsides1
 
0
Yellow cards0
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
10
Fouls suffered9
 
9

Standings

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Published: Sunday 16 November 2014, 20.45CET

Wales belief grows with point in Belgium

Belgium 0-0 Wales
The visitors remain in a commanding position in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group B after holding Belgium to a tense goalless draw in Brussels.

 Nicolas Lombaerts hits the post as Belgium threaten in first half
 Thibaut Courtois beats away two Gareth Bale free-kicks
• Bale clears off the line in the final seconds
• Wales have eight points in Group B, three more than Belgium
Next games: Belgium v Cyprus, Israel v Wales (28 March)

Wales remain in a strong position on the road to UEFA EURO 2016 after holding Belgium to a 0-0 draw at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

After a fairly even opening, the hosts subjected Wales to some sustained pressure and came close on several occasions, with Nicolas Lombaerts rattling the post in the 26th minute. Gareth Bale was predictably the danger man for Chris Coleman's side, yet despite two free-kick attempts and a trademark slaloming run and shot, he could not prise open the Belgian defence.

Bale tested Thibaut Courtois early on with a viciously dipping set piece that the Chelsea FC goalkeeper did well punch away at full stretch. It proved to be the visiting side's best chance of the half, however, as the Red Devils gradually took control, inspired in large part by the pace and drive of Eden Hazard.

Divock Origi played his part as well with a sublime flick to Nacer Chadli, though Wayne Hennessey raced from his line to block the ensuing shot with his legs. Lombaerts came even closer moments later, smacking a superb rising drive against the inside of Hennessey's right-hand post. Origi poked the rebound centimetres wide.

Lombaerts again found himself in a good position shortly after the break, only to head over, before the visitors threatened again through Bale. The Real Madrid CF man suddenly sprung through the Belgian rearguard on the right to shoot low, hard and – unfortunately for him – marginally wide.

Determined to prise open their opponents, the hosts introduced Christian Benteke and Dries Mertens, and the Aston Villa FC forward almost did just that six minutes into added time when his header was cleared off the line by Bale. Wales, though, held on to increase their qualification hopes still further.

Last updated: 10/12/15 19.44CET

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Lineups

Belgium

Belgium

Wales

Wales

1
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
1
HennesseyWayne Hennessey (GK)
Yellow Card90+4
2
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
2
GunterChris Gunter
3
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
3
N. TaylorNeil Taylor
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen (C)
4
ChesterJames Chester
6
WitselAxel Witsel
6
A. WilliamsAshley Williams (C)
7
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
7
AllenJoe Allen
Yellow Card73
8
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
8
CotterillDavid Cotterill
Substitution46
10
E. HazardEden Hazard
9
Robson-KanuHal Robson-Kanu
Substitution90+5
17
OrigiDivock Origi
Substitution73
10
RamseyAaron Ramsey
21
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
11
BaleGareth Bale
22
ChadliNacer Chadli
Substitution62
16
LedleyJoe Ledley
Yellow Card33

Substitutes

13
GilletJean-François Gillet (GK)
21
WardDanny Ward (GK)
12
MignoletSimon Mignolet (GK)
12
O. Fôn WilliamsOwain Fôn Williams (GK)
4
NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
5
DaviesBen Davies
9
BentekeChristian Benteke
Substitution62
13
DummettPaul Dummett
11
R. LukakuRomelu Lukaku
14
GabbidonDanny Gabbidon
14
MertensDries Mertens
Substitution73
Substitution89
15
HuwsEmyr Huws
Substitution90+5
15
MeunierThomas Meunier
17
LawrenceTom Lawrence
16
De BockLaurens De Bock
18
RickettsSam Ricketts
18
DenayerJason Denayer
19
MatthewsAdam Matthews
19
DembéléMousa Dembélé
20
J. TaylorJake Taylor
20
JanuzajAdnan Januzaj
Substitution89
22
CollinsJames Collins
23
CimanLaurent Ciman
23
G. WilliamsGeorge Williams
Substitution46
Yellow Card85

Coach

Marc Wilmots (BEL) Chris Coleman (WAL)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Roman Slyško (SVK), Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Fourth official

Antonin Kordula (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Radek Příhoda (CZE), Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution