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Wales vs Belgium LIVE: Latest World Cup qualifier updates

Wales vs Belgium LIVE: Latest World Cup qualifier updates
Follow all the updates from the Cardiff City Stadium

Wales are hosting Belgium in their final fixture of Group E in the World Cup qualifiers, as Robert Page’s side look to book a home semi-final for March’s play-offs. The hosts are without Gareth Bale for the visit of the world’s No1-ranked nation, after the Real Madrid forward injured his hamstring in the 5-1 win over Belarus on Saturday.

With a spot in the play-offs already secured thanks to their Nations League performance, a win for Wales would see them join Portugal, Italy, Scotland, Russia and Sweden as one of the six-best second-placed sides, while a draw should also be enough depending on results in the matches featuring Turkey and Netherlands in Group G.

Defeat against Roberto Martinez’s side could therefore see Wales face one of the those sides away from home in the play-offs, with the Czech Republic advancing as the runners-up in Group E. Belgium are without a number of their star names, including Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, and despite Bale’s absence, Aaron Ramsey has urged his side to finish their group campaign on a high at the Cardiff City Stadium.

“It was our target to finish second in the group and that hasn’t changed,” Ramsey said. “There are great teams that we could potentially draw, but we just have to concentrate on this game and not worry about what is to come in the future. The games in March are going to be huge for us as these opportunities to qualify for a World Cup don’t come around very often.”

Follow live coverage of Wales vs Belgium, below:

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Wales 1-1 Belgium

79 mins: Moore goes into the book as he catches Witsel when challenging for a goal-kick.

Thankfully for Wales the striker is not one of those who are in danger of missing the play-off semi-final, as he has just returned from suspension himself.

Jamie Braidwood16 November 2021 21:23
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78 mins: That’s better though! James cuts in from the left before feeding the overlapping Williams, whose shot is blocked by Boyata.

Belgium then give it away cheaply on the edge and Boyata makes another block, this time to deny Moore as he tried to cut the ball back across goal!

Jamie Braidwood16 November 2021 21:21
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75 mins: The pace of the match has really slowed, which suits Wales as a point would be enough for them to book a home play-off semi-final as it stands.

Belgium don’t look to be in a rush, either.

Jamie Braidwood16 November 2021 21:19
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73 mins: De Bruyne has dropped deeper as Belgium search for a winner. I’m sure Pep Guardiola won’t be too happy seeing his player remain out on the pitch for this long, and I think Wales fans would join him in hoping he is given some rest by Martinez soon!

Jamie Braidwood16 November 2021 21:17
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70 mins: Thorgan Hazard picks up Belgium’s first booking after being caught out by Allen in midfield.

Wales are not coming under too much pressure from Belgium as we enter the closing stages.

Jamie Braidwood16 November 2021 21:14
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68 mins: They are now back on their feet, though, and Moore and Boyata look set to continue.

Jamie Braidwood16 November 2021 21:11
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67 mins: Both Moore and Boyata are still receiving treatment – Moore is sitting up, at least, but Boyata looks worse off.

Jamie Braidwood16 November 2021 21:11
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64 mins: Another half-chance for Belgium as the ball breaks to Saelemaekers on the edge – his connection with the strike is clean and Davies has to stoop to head it over the bar.

From the corner, Boyata meets De Bruyne’s out-swinger but can’t keep the header down under pressure from Moore. There’s another clash of heads, with both players down and receiving attention from the medical staff.

Jamie Braidwood16 November 2021 21:08
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62 mins: Theate concedes possession needlessly, triggering a frantic spell of play in which the ball didn’t quite sit up for the Wales attackers. Belgium were able to clear and launch a counter – but Vanzeir eventually fouled Davies as he chased the through ball.

Jamie Braidwood16 November 2021 21:06
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60 mins: There are cheers as Boyata is forced to pass back to Casteels – before there are further roars as James closes down the goalkeeper as he tried to clear. Good pressure, that, from the hosts.

In Prague, the Czech Republic have taken the lead against Estonia, while Turkey are now also ahead by a goal.

Jamie Braidwood16 November 2021 21:04