Euro 2016: Wales v Belgium

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The Welsh continued their quest for Euro 2016 glory by beating a Northern Ireland side that proved hard to break down and maybe even were the better team over the 90 minutes. It was a game of poor quality and it took Wales’s talisman Gareth Bale to produce the spark to grab the only goal of the game. The Real man was fed by Aaron Ramsey out the wing after some great hold up play by sub Hal Robson-Kanu, Bale whipped a first time cross into the corridor of uncertainty and West Brom defender Gareth McAuley turned the ball into his own net. It was enough in the end to see the Welsh through to only their second quarter-final since 1958. Manager Chris Coleman confessed his team were second best but will no doubt be delighted to get to the next round despite not playing their best football.

Gareth Bale celebrating with Aaron Ramsey

Belgium finally put together a performance worthy of a team who were backed as one of the potential winners of this competition. Hungary, who surprised many to get this far, were the team on the receiving end of Belgium’s return to form. The Belgiun’s took the lead through a Toby Alderweireld header from a delightful Kevin De Bruyne free kick. The Tottenham Hotspur defender has been a danger from crosses this season in the EPL and made no mistake here. The Hungarians did well to keep the score at one nil, their goal-keeper Gabor Kirlay, called into action on numerous occasions. The Red Devils turned up the heat late in the second half when Eden Hazard burnt his marker for pace and delivered a perfect cross for sub and new Chelsea team mate, 18 year old Michu Batshuayi to side foot home 12 minutes from time. Belgium’s number 10 then grabbed the third after a brilliant solo run, cut in and finish. Yannick Carrasco wrapped things up in stoppage time after being fed a perfectly weighted through ball from Radja Nainggolan.

Eden Hazard

Prediction:

On paper Belgium have the better team and looked in lethal form against Hungary. However they struggled against Italy who also play three at the back. The Welsh will have their work cut out, especially if Hazard and De Bruyne are firing on all cylinders. But in Gareth Bale they have a player capable of hurting any team and maybe even deciding the result here.

Wales 2-1 Belgium

9 thoughts on “Euro 2016: Wales v Belgium

  • 1 July 2016 at 10:29 am
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    Wales to be sent home, haven’t come up agains a testing side! Speculative defence that could leak a nervy peno or own goal. Wales win the dodgy hair cut award (marginally) but Belgium have quality everywhere to progress

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    • 1 July 2016 at 1:49 pm
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      Speaking of speculative defense’s, Belgium will be without Vertonghen and Vermaelen, two leaders at the back and will have to make due with Jordon Lukaku or Jason Denayer. Quality? Not sure.

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      • 2 July 2016 at 12:25 am
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        *eating his own hat*. Great call cathal

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  • 1 July 2016 at 10:42 am
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    Optimistic prediction but with some merit. 2016 is the year of the underdog and this might just be another example. Nice article.

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  • 1 July 2016 at 10:46 am
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    If Hazard turns up then it’s game over for Wales. He gets Belgium flowing. Here’s hoping Wales do go through though!

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  • 1 July 2016 at 11:33 am
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    Delightful article.
    Wales to sneak this one, as team performance will outshine the individual Hazard. The Guardian have the Welsh Team Rating as 6.5 compared to Belgium with 6.4 (its all about the fine detail!).
    Bale for the Win.

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  • 1 July 2016 at 11:41 am
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    Wales are spoofers, haven’t played anyone proper yet.

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  • 1 July 2016 at 2:35 pm
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    BOYS BOYS BOYS!!!

    If Wales win this one, they have an easy path to the final as Portugal has been playing absolute shite, and in finals anything can happen. Belgium have always been as individuals but always fail to shine as a team. Definitely an interesting match. Money’s on Wales to go through

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  • 1 July 2016 at 9:43 pm
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    I retract my comment

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