Wales host Belgium in their last Group E match in the World Cup qualifier, as Robert Page’s team look to book a semi-final as a venue for the March play-offs. The hosts are left without Gareth Bale for the visit of the world number 1 nation, after the Real Madrid striker injured the hamstrings in the 5-1 victory over Belarus on Saturday.
With a place in the play-offs already secured thanks to his performance in the League of Nations, a win for Wales would add Portugal, Italy, Scotland, Russia and Sweden as one of the top six ranked second, while a draw should be. it will also be enough depending on the results of the matches starring Turkey and the Netherlands in Group G.
Therefore, the defeat to Roberto Martínez’s team could see Wales face one of those teams away from home in the play-offs, with the Czech Republic advancing as runner-up in Group E. Belgium do not have some of their star names, including Romelu . Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, and despite Bale’s absence, Aaron Ramsey urged his team to end their group stage campaign at Cardiff City Stadium.
“Our goal was to stay second in the group and that didn’t change,” Ramsey said. “There are great teams that we could tie, but we just have to focus on this game and not worry about what’s to come. In the future. The March games are going to be huge for us, as these opportunities to qualify for a World Cup don’t come very close to often “.
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Wales vs Belgium conversation points: reorganization of Belgium
Belgium have been hit hard by injuries in their last World Cup qualifying camp. Jeremy Doku, Michy Batshuayi, Romelu Lukaku, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen and Youri Tielemans all stayed out for one reason or another. Roberto Martinez Red Devils have the job done by beating Estonia 3-1 on Saturday to qualify for a fifth major tournament in a row. But without Eden Hazard, Jason Denayer and Thibaut Courtois in Cardiff it means Martinez must shuffle the herd again.
Jack RathbornNovember 16, 2021 6:34 PM
Wales vs Belgium: Lineups
Wales: Ward; Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, Davies, N Williams; Morrell, Ramsey, Allen; James, Moore
Belgium: Casteels; Castagne, Boyata, Theate; Meunier, Witsel, De Bruyne, T Hazard; Yanaken, Origi, De Ketelaere
Jamie BraidwoodNovember 16, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
Wales vs Belgium discussion points: suspension issues
Ethan Ampadu is sanctioned and Wales will carry out disciplinary action against Belgium. No fewer than seven players – Aaron Ramsey, Chris Gunter, Wilson, Joe Allen, Joe Morrell, James Lawrence and Sorba Thomas – are on a suspension reserve and will miss the March play-off semifinals. As it stands, the yellow cards are taken to the play-offs and Wales have suffered like this before in big games. Ramsey and Ben Davies lost the semi-final of Euro 2016 against Portugal after getting two warnings in the tournament.
Jack RathbornNovember 16, 2021 6:29 PM
Wales vs Belgium: team news
Wales XI: Ward, Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, Davies, Williams, Morrell, Allen, Ramsey, James, Moore
Belgium XI: Casteels, Chestnuts, Boyata, Theate, Meunier, Witsel, De Bruyne, T Hazard, Vanaken, De Ketelaere, Origi
Jack RathbornNovember 16, 2021 at 6:28 p.m.
Wales vs Belgium discussion points: Boost Moore
The return of Kieffer Moore is a huge plus for Wales. The Cardiff player was sanctioned for the Belarus match, but scored more goals from Wales (seven) than anyone since his debut in September 2019. Page nominated Moore on the bench for the away game in March, preferring to use faster players and was rewarded. with a sublime opener by Harry Wilson. But the 6-foot, 5-inch Moore is capable of causing serious air damage to a Belgian defense weakened by injuries.
Jack RathbornNovember 16, 2021 6:23 PM
Wales vs Belgium discussion points: Mea blow
Gareth Bale was the center of attention in Wales’ 5-1 win over Belarus on Saturday. The Real Madrid striker has become only the second Welshman to reach the milestone of 100 selections, after spending two months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. Bale came out at the break and later said it was always the plan to play 45 minutes. But Wales boss Robert Page has confirmed that Bale will not be a starter against Belgium and that he may not risk it at all from the bench.
Jack RathbornNovember 16, 2021 at 6:19 p.m.
Without Gareth Bale tonight as Wales face Belgium
Gareth Bale has been ruled out of the World Cup qualifier against Belgium.
Bale won his 100th game in the 5-1 win over Belarus on Saturday after a two-month layoff due to a hamstring injury, but came out after 45 minutes.
Wales boss Robert Page has said the Real Madrid Bale striker would not start in Cardiff on Tuesday, but could appear from the bench.
But Bale was left out of the 23-man squad that Wales presented to Uefa.
“It’s going to be tough,” Page said about Bale on Monday. “He’s been out of play for a couple of months and throwing him away was a big request from a physical standpoint.
“It ‘s frustrating for him. He’ s made a tremendous effort to get in shape for the [Belarus] game and it is certain for that “.
Karl MatchettNovember 16, 2021 at 2:54 p.m.