Belgium’s poor start to their UEFA Nations League campaign continued on Saturday

Belgium’s poor start to their UEFA Nations League campaign continued on Saturday

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12 Jun 2022
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It appears as though Kevin de Bruyne’s critical words on the tournament have caught the rest of his team, with the Belgian side never really getting going against Wales, who are still celebrating their first return to the World Cup since the 1950s.

Roberto Martinez’s return to Wales was marred by a disappointing performance from his side

Belgium’s poor start to their UEFA Nations League campaign continued on Saturday evening as Roberto Martinez’s return to Wales was marred by a disappointing performance from his side. It appears as though Kevin de Bruyne’s critical words on the tournament have caught the rest of his team, with the Belgian side never really getting going against Wales, who are still celebrating their first return to the World Cup since the 1950s. Within five minutes of play, the hosts were in front, or so they thought, with Ethan Ampadu scoring a much-needed goal to lift spirits even further in Wales. However, the goal was then disallowed through VAR after it was determined that Ampadu was in an offside position.

Wales stun Belgium with a late equaliser

Daniel James then forced a fantastic save out of Koen Casteels with an effort that was headed straight into the back of the net, whilst Leandro Trossard came closest for the visitors, firing a shot wide from close range after a ball had rebounded back out to the Brighton midfielder. Just four minutes after half-time, Belgium did manage to take the lead, with Youri Tielemans opening the scoring on the night. Michy Batshuayi’s industrious play allowed the former Valencia forward to pull the ball back across the face of the goal towards the Leicester midfielder, who then placed a fine shot into the bottom corner of the Welsh net. In a game of few chances, Wales would have to wait until almost the very end to give their fans something more to shout about.

As the match headed into additional time, Brennan Johnson of Nottingham Forest latched onto an acceptable pass inside the Belgian penalty area. The forward hit a splendid low shot into the net. Casteels was rooted to the spot, unable to do anything about such a purely struck effort, yet immediately VAR was called into action once more. With an offside in the build-up to the goal being analysed, it was determined that no infringement had occurred, and Johnson’s first international goal would indeed stand, confirming that Wales would share the spoils with Belgium.

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