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Wales 1-1 Belgium

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Continuing their longstanding trend at the Cardiff City Stadium, a spirited Wales performance sees the Red Dragons maximise their resources to hold the dominant Red Devils to a draw – by virtue of a late equaliser from one of their most promising young players.

Johnson stayed cool to apply the finishing touch as the home side snatched their first point as a League A nation.

This will leave their visitors ruing a lack of incision in the final third.

Belgium’s stranglehold on possession continued almost throughout, but at the end of a long, hard season.

They lacked a little sparkle when it really mattered – Tielemans’ excellent opening goal aside.

Starting lineup:

WALES (3-4-3): Wayne Hennessey; Chris Mepham, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies; Connor Roberts, Ethan Ampadu, Joe Allen, Neco Williams; Harry Wilson, Gareth Bale, Daniel James.

SUBS: Tom King, Adam Davies, Matthew Smith, Mark Harris, Rubin Colwill, Aaron Ramsey, Wes Burns, Brennan Johnson, Chris Gunter, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Sorba Thomas, Jonny Williams.

BELGIUM (3-4-3): Koen Casteels; Leander Dendoncker, Dedryck Boyata, Arthur Theate; Thomas Meunier,  Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans, Yannick Carrasco; Kevin De Bruyne, Michy Batshuayi, Leandro Trossard.

SUBS: Simon Mignolet, Matz Sels, Lois Openda, Jan Vertonghen, Dennis Praet, Adnan Januzaj, Eden Hazard, Hans Vanaken, Toby Alderweireld, Timothy Castagne, Alexis Saelemaekers, Thorgan Hazard.


BELGIUM LEAD! Trossard and Batshuayi combine on the brink of the box with a slick passing move, to tee up a shooting opportunity for Tielemans just inside the Wales area. The Leicester City midfielder then coolly slots the ball into the bottom-right corner, and Belgium go 1-0 up!

WALES PULL LEVEL! A superb team move results in a Wales equaliser, as Johnson guides the ball into the bottom corner from just inside the area, following excellent work from fellow substitute Ramsey. The hosts have looked livelier since making a series of changes, and they are now back on level terms at 1-1!

So, what’s next?

Buoyed by their late revival today, Wales will complete a hectic summmer schedule on Tuesday.

As they visit the Netherlands – leaders of Group 4.

While Belgium, who have now won just two of their eight away games against the Welsh, next face Poland.

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Abdul Aziz Shaikh
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