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SETBACK: Wales lose to Belgium in World Cup qualifier

 

Harry Wilson might have opened the scoring, but Wales lost 3-1 to Belgium in their first World Cup qualifying match for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Connor Roberts and Gareth Bale were involved in the build-up to their first goal with Wilson tucking in to give Wales the lead.

That would be the only shot on target for Wales though - Belgium began to dominate this first match in the search for World Cup qualification.

Kevin De Bruyne soon equalised for Belgium from long range before Thorgan Hazard gave them the lead.

Belgium won a penalty in the second half when Chris Mepham was adjudged to have fouled Dries Mertens.

Former Manchester United and Everton forward Romelu Lukaku netted his sides third goal of the game.

It leaves work to do for Wales as this defeat to Belgium already hands them a setback in their bid to qualify for the World Cup.

After the Czech Republic won 6-2 against Estonia, Wales are now playing catch up to both them and Belgium in the hunt to be on a plane to the World Cup in Qatar.

Wales take on the Czech Republic next meaning they'll need to win in order to avoid being potentially six points off the top.

 

Giggs still missing for Wales

 

Wales were again without manager Ryan Giggs who is on bail after allegations of assault and actual bodily harm.

He has now missed six successive Wales games after missing the Belgium World Cup qualifier.

Caretaker manager Robert Page took charge and said there were plenty of positives despite the defeat.

"We knew coming into it they are number one in the world for a reason," Page said.

"They can score goals but we knew we could hurt them and score goals. I thought the goal we scored was fantastic and we got off to the perfect start.

"But if you give quality teams like this half a chance, inevitably the ball ends up in the back of the net.

"We addressed a few things at half-time from a tactical point of view. I thought we were better for it and went toe to toe with the world's number one team. So there are a lot of positives."


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