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Belgium 3-1 Wales: Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku seal comeback win for the Red Devils after Harry Wilson’s shock opener

Belgium get their World Cup qualifying campaign off to a winning start, after a 3-1 victory over Wales.

They led 2-1 at the break, thanks to goals from De Bruyne and Hazard, after Wilson had fired Wales into an early lead.

Harry Wilson’s superbly-worked goal gave Wales a shock lead yet Belgium dominated the rest of the half, equalising through De Bruyne and completing the comeback when Thorgan Hazard – brother of injured Real Madrid star Eden – headed home.

Lukaku then made sure of the win from the penalty spot on 73 minutes, after Mepham brought down Mertens in the box ended their hopes as Belgium gained a degree of revenge for Wales’ stunning victory over them in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

With Rob Page in charge due to the continued absence of Ryan Giggs, Wales were looking to extend their unbeaten record against Belgium to five matches.

There are flaws to Roberto Martinez’s side but some of their football in the first half was breathtaking and they will be a huge threat at Euro 2020.

Wales were depleted by injuries and will give their main men a breather when they face Mexico in a friendly in Cardiff on Saturday.

They were already without experienced pair Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies due to injury and early in the game they lost Joe Allen, another key man.

The midfielder pulled up with only eight minutes on the clock and was replaced by Joe Morrell.

Yet Page’s team responded brilliantly and took the lead with a fabulous goal two minutes later.

Gareth Bale was at the heart of it, releasing Connor Roberts with a clever touch. Wilson’s dummy allowed Bale to collect Roberts’ return pass and slide it through for Wilson, who guided the ball calmly past Thibaut Courtois.

Belgium then just saw the game out, holding off a Welsh resurgence.

Belgium sit second in Group E on goal difference, whilst Wales are fourth after this defeat. Next up for Belgium is a trip to the Czech Republic at the weekend, who beat Estonia 6-2 today.

Meanwhile Wales have a friendly against Mexico to look forward to at the weekend.

John NM
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