Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Kieffer Moore cleared things up in Group E World Cup Qualifiers. Belgium advanced as the group’s winner, while Wales took 2nd place.
Going into the game, Wales made four changes out of their first 11 games, beating Belarus 5-1. Kieffer Moore replaces injured Gareth Bale, while Chris Mepham replaces suspended Ethan Ampadu. Joe Morrell drew in midfield for Harry Wilson. On the other hand, Belgium made 6 changes. Like Timothy Castagne, Kevin De Bruyne, Axel Witsel and Hans Vanaken were the number 11 survivors who saw off Estonia 3-1.
Roberto Martinez’s men started after booking for the 2022 World Cup. With the Czech Republic falling behind, Rob Page’s team was locked in in 2nd place.
The home team started shooting. However, it was Belgium who opened the scoring in the first half. Kevin De Bruyne Instinctively, Danny Ward overcame Danny Ward’s net to give Belgium the lead. 1-0.
Kieffer Moore scored the equalizer in the 32nd minute of the game. The Cardiff City forward took advantage of the Belgian defence, who had struggled to clear the ball many times. 1-1.
Here are the player ratings for Wales – Belgium –
Danny Ward – 6.5 / 10
Standard performance from Danny Ward. Made a few saves and defended his box well.
Neco Williams 7.5 / 10
Quality performance from Neco Williams. Looks dangerous especially in the second half
Ben Davies – 7/10
Playing in the left-back position, Davies is increasingly developing.
Chris Mepham – 6/10
A unique filling for Ethan Ampadu.
Joe Rodon -7/10
Solid performance from Rodon. The Belgian player is out of the game.
Joe Morrell – 5/10
Standard 5 for Joe Morrel. Manage his game well after being placed in the first half.
Aaron Ramsey – 6/10
Not the night that the person standing in the captain of the night is looking. Belgium’s defense did a great job of successfully stopping his late runs.
Joe Allen – 7/10
Quality performance from Joe Allen. He defended himself solidly and made a couple of important passes forward.
Connor Roberts – 6/10
Licensed to bomb forward. However, his crosses struggled to find Wales’s head.
Daniel James – 8/10
One of Daniel James’ best performances. The Leeds winger had a lively presence about him. Made a few precise runs behind the Belgian defence, one of which resulted in the goal.
Kieffer Moore 8.5 / 10
Score the equalizer, press effectively, link well, get the mandatory yellow card and make the audience sing for the whole match. Welcome back, Kieffer Moore!
Brennan Johnson – Not applicable
Johnson arrived late for Aaron Ramsey
Kon Casteels – 7/10
Much work remains to be done in the second half. Neco Williams made an excellent save and showed confidence when he attacked from behind.
Timothy Castagne – 6/10
Not a hectic outing for Castagne. However, the Leicester man could have been better off his passes to lead to the equalizer in the first half.
Dedryck Boyata – 7/10
Belgium’s best defense. Aside from solid defence, Boyata isn’t afraid to assist in the build.
Arthur Theate – 4/10
No one is memorable for Arthur Theate. Should have done a better job clearing his way for Kieffer Moore’s goal.
Thomas Meunier – 6/10
Fade out as the game progresses. Is his work progressing? However, the defense lacks sharpness.
Axel Witsel – 6.5 / 10
Never really made his mark on the future.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8/10
Give Belgium the lead. However, De Bruyne is still not the best in terms of creating chances from space.
Thorgan Hazard – 7/10
There were his moments that continued into the first half.
Hans Vanaken – 7/10
Has been effective with his passes. Lacks a bit of defense.
Charles De Ketelaere – 6/10
Like Origi, Ketalaere struggles with service shortages.
Divock Origi – 6.5 / 10
Quiet night for Divock Origi. In the midst of a lack of service, the striker tried to let things go his way. However, not doing anything has any effect.
Leander Dendoncker – 6/10
Was caught by Daniel James once in the danger zone. Try to make an impact in the future.
Alexis Saelemaekers – NA
Dante Vanzier – NA
Leandro Trossard – 6/10
Looks alive on the pitch. However, there was not enough time to make anything happen.
Jan Vertonghen – 5/10
Criterion 5 for Vertonghen, who was late to replace Arthur Theate.
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