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How Belgium beat Wales 2-1 in Nations League thanks to goals from De Bruyne, Batshuayi - live

Belgium ran out 2-1 winners over Wales in the Nations League, each team playing their penultimate game before the World Cup this November. Kevin De Bruyne and Michy Batshuayi each recorded a goal and an assist in a dominant first half, as Belgium looked s

September 22, 2022 at 5:16 PM EDT

De Bruyne's post-game thoughts

Kevin De Bruyne's performance was magnificent tonight, and he didn't hold back with his comments after the game.

"I think we fully deserved to win, we dominated the first half and created a lot of chances. Wales were playing man to man so there were more options in the first half.

"Then we started the second half poorly, we have to keep the ball as Wales were playing so deep and wait for the right moments."

De Bruyne was unhappy that Belgium's penalty, which VAR disallowed, didn't result in a Belgian corner, but rather a drop ball for Wales: "I was already running to the corner, the rules are so stupid though, it should then be a corner."

Michael Dominski
Michael Dominski·

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September 22, 2022 at 5:05 PM EDT

Around the Nations League

Group 1 of League A was also in action today:

Croatia scored a go-ahead goal in the 79th minute, just two minutes after conceding an equaliser, to beat Denmark 2-1. Croatia's win moved them into the top spot in the group, pole position for qualifying for the finals.

France meanwhile enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 home win over Austria, but they paid a price, losing Jules Kounde to injury. France's win took them above Austria in the group table, taking them out of last place and the relegation zone ahead of Sunday's final group fixtures.

Michael Dominski
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September 22, 2022 at 4:41 PM EDT

FT: Belgium 2-1 Wales

That's all she wrote as Belgium take this one.

Michael Dominski
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September 22, 2022 at 4:39 PM EDT

Meunier prevents a counter, Roberto Martinez shown red card
90+4' Belgium 2-1 Wales

Meunier is the last defender as Wales look to break forward after defending a Belgian corner, and he successfully slide tackles the ball out of bounds to stop Williams' counter-attack.

Roberto Martinez then takes the ball as Wales look to get it back in play quickly with the Belgian defense out of position, and is sent packing for it. Thierry Henry takes over for Belgium.

Michael Dominski
Michael Dominski·

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September 22, 2022 at 4:35 PM EDT

Sub for Belgium
90+2' Belgium 2-1 Wales

De Ketelaere comes on for De Bruyne, who was absolutely brilliant tonight.

Michael Dominski
Michael Dominski·

Live Reporter

September 22, 2022 at 4:34 PM EDT

Six minutes added on
90+1' Belgium 2-1 Wales

We have six additional minutes thanks in part to the earlier VAR penalty review, much to the displeasure of this crowd in Brussels.

Michael Dominski
Michael Dominski·

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September 22, 2022 at 4:33 PM EDT

Chance for Williams!
89' Belgium 2-1 Wales

Bale lays the ball off to Williams on the edge of the box, who fires a shot in through traffic that Courtois is able to parry to safety.

Michael Dominski
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September 22, 2022 at 4:32 PM EDT

Chance for Mertens!
88' Belgium 2-1 Wales

Mertens gets the ball on the left wing inside the box and looks to curl a shot towards the far post, but just can't curl it quite enough. That would've surely secured Belgium's victory.

Michael Dominski
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September 22, 2022 at 4:29 PM EDT

Chance for Johnson!
85' Belgium 2-1 Wales

Roberts heads down a cross in the box to Johnson, who quickly fires a shot that has Courtois beat but goes just wide. A warning sign for Belgium in a game that has felt very comfortable throughout.

Michael Dominski
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September 22, 2022 at 4:27 PM EDT

Sub for Wales
84' Belgium 2-1 Wales

Roberts comes on Norrington-Davies.

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September 22, 2022 at 4:26 PM EDT

Bale was booked
82' Belgium 2-1 Wales

During the penalty hubbub, Bale got himself a yellow for dissent.

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September 22, 2022 at 4:23 PM EDT

The penalty is chalked off
80' Belgium 2-1 Wales

After looking at the VAR monitor, the referee has taken away the penalty, deciding there was no foul. Wales still have life in this match.

Michael Dominski
Michael Dominski·

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September 22, 2022 at 4:22 PM EDT

VAR is checking
79' Belgium 2-1 Wales

VAR is reviewing the penalty call.

Michael Dominski
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September 22, 2022 at 4:22 PM EDT

Penalty for Belgium!
77' Belgium 2-1 Wales

De Bruyne gets the ball in the box and goes down after a challenge from Morrell. Wales are incensed as Morrell got a clear touch on the ball.

Michael Dominski
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September 22, 2022 at 4:19 PM EDT

Sub for Belgium
75' Belgium 2-1 Wales

Tielemans is replaced by Vanaken.

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September 22, 2022 at 4:18 PM EDT

Corner for Wales
73' Belgium 2-1 Wales

Wales have a corner, but their cross misses everyone in the box. Belgium look to break forward rapidly, but that attacks breaks down quickly as well.

Michael Dominski
Michael Dominski·

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September 22, 2022 at 4:13 PM EDT

Half chance for Bale
68' Belgium 2-1 Wales

Wales are pressing for an equaliser. James sends an early cross into the box towards Bale, but the ball takes a deflection and goes out of bounds.

Michael Dominski
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September 22, 2022 at 4:09 PM EDT

Triple sub for Belgium
65' Belgium 2-1 Wales

Openda, Mertens, and Trossard replace Batshuayi, Carrasco, and Hazard.

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September 22, 2022 at 4:08 PM EDT

Bale coming on
64' Belgium 2-1 Wales

Double sub for Wales: Morrell for Smith and Bale for Moore.

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September 22, 2022 at 4:03 PM EDT

Ampadu booked
59' Belgium 2-1 Wales

Ampadu cynically pulls back Hazard as the Belgian looks to run forward with the ball, and gets a yellow card for his effort.

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