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Wales go clear as Bale strike defeats Belgium

Published: Friday 12 June 2015, 22.41CET
Wales 1-0 Belgium
Making his 50th international appearance, Gareth Bale scored in the first half as Wales opened up a three-point lead at the top of Group B.
by Simon Hart
from Cardiff City Stadium

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Match statistics

WalesBelgium

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)39
 
61
Total attempts6
 
21
on target2
 
2
off target3
 
7
blocked1
 
12
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners1
 
9
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
14
Fouls suffered14
 
11

Standings

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Published: Friday 12 June 2015, 22.41CET

Wales go clear as Bale strike defeats Belgium

Wales 1-0 Belgium
Making his 50th international appearance, Gareth Bale scored in the first half as Wales opened up a three-point lead at the top of Group B.

Gareth Bale scores the only goal on his 50th appearance for Wales
Wales's fourth win in six games moves them three points clear at the top of Group B
Belgium drop to second place after their first defeat
The Red Devils cannot make their sustained late pressure pay
Next games: Cyprus v Wales, Belgium v Bosnia and Herzegovina (3 September)

Wales took a big step towards UEFA EURO 2016 qualification as Gareth Bale's goal earned them a hard-fought victory over Group B rivals Belgium.

These nations began the night level on points at the top of the section but thanks to Bale's first-half strike, Wales now sit three points clear – with a first major finals appearance since 1958 now firmly in their sights.

Bale was the Wales hero at an electric Cardiff City Stadium, scoring after Radja Nainggolan made the error of trying to head the ball back to Thibaut Courtois following a half-cleared Wales free-kick. Instead the ball landed on the chest of the Real Madrid CF player, who swivelled and fired low past the goalkeeper.

It was his 17th international strike on his 50th Wales appearance and his team could easily have had a second goal in the 33rd minute when Toby Alderweireld hit a clearance straight to Hal Robson-Kanu, who placed his effort wide.

Belgium had made the more confident start, Nainggolan testing home goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey with a low shot and Eden Hazard driving an attempt over the bar after some uncertain Welsh defending.

Marc Wilmots, the Belgium coach, acted at half-time by removing Dries Mertens and sending on Romelu Lukaku to partner Christian Benteke. Kevin De Bruyne, who had begun in the No10 role vacated by the injured Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli, moved to the right flank and Belgium's threat grew.

Benteke diverted a far-post corner wide, then De Bruyne sent an effort whistling past the post but Wales, with some brave last-ditch defending, coped with the waves of pressure to earn a famous win.

Last updated: 26/06/16 23.04CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013949/postmatch/report/index.html#bale+sends+wales

Lineups

Wales

Wales

Belgium

Belgium

1
HennesseyWayne Hennessey (GK)
1
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
2
GunterChris Gunter
2
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
Substitution77
3
N. TaylorNeil Taylor
3
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
Yellow Card59
4
RichardsJazz Richards
4
NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
5
ChesterJames Chester
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
6
A. WilliamsAshley Williams (C)
6
WitselAxel Witsel
7
AllenJoe Allen
Yellow Card28
7
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
9
Robson-KanuHal Robson-Kanu
Substitution90+3
9
BentekeChristian Benteke
10
RamseyAaron Ramsey
10
E. HazardEden Hazard (C)
11
BaleGareth Bale
Goal25
Substitution87
14
MertensDries Mertens
Substitution46
16
LedleyJoe Ledley
18
DenayerJason Denayer

Substitutes

21
WardDanny Ward (GK)
12
MignoletSimon Mignolet (GK)
12
O. Fôn WilliamsOwain Fôn Williams (GK)
13
GilletJean-François Gillet (GK)
8
KingAndy King
Substitution90+3
8
TielemansYouri Tielemans
13
MacDonaldShaun MacDonald
11
MirallasKevin Mirallas
14
ChurchSimon Church
15
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
15
VokesSam Vokes
Substitution87
16
CarrascoYannick Carrasco
Substitution77
17
LawrenceTom Lawrence
17
OrigiDivock Origi
18
MatthewsAdam Matthews
19
DembéléMousa Dembélé
19
VaughanDavid Vaughan
20
R. LukakuRomelu Lukaku
Substitution46
20
CotterillDavid Cotterill
21
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
23
HenleyAdam Henley
22
ChadliNacer Chadli
23
DendonckerLeander Dendoncker

Coach

Chris Coleman (WAL) Marc Wilmots (BEL)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)

Fourth official

Markus Häcker (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Deniz Aytekin (GER), Marco Fritz (GER)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution