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Stephan Shemilt

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  1. Post update

    But, for now, this Sunday night belongs to Wales and a wonderful result in Belgium. They top Group B and have inched a little closer in the bid to end a wait that began in 1958. Goodnight.

  2. Post update

    What next, I hear you cry? Tuesday night is your appointment to join us, with a menu containing nine FA Cup first-round replays, a full programme of international friendlies and the small matter of Scotland v England.

  3. Match stats

    Have a gander at these match stats. 61% possession for Belgium and 15 attempts on goal. Only five on target, though. Wales managed four of their own.

    Match stats
  4. Elsewhere...

    Liverpool and Italy striker Mario Balotelli
    Image caption: Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will not feature for Italy after suffering a hamstring injury

    There are five games still to be played today - all kicking-off 19:45 GMT.

    Israel could take the outright lead in Wales' Group B if they defeat Bosnia-Hercegovina. In Group A, leaders Iceland and Czech Republic face each other. They are both on nine points, now only three ahead of Netherlands. In the other match, bottom side Turkey host Kazakhstan.

    Arguably the match of the later session, sees World Cup 2014 sides Croatia and Italy fight it out to see who move clear in Group H. Both sides have nine points, along with Norway, who earlier defeated Azerbaijan.

  5. Player reaction

    Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen: "It was a frustrating night. Congratulations to Wales, but we wanted more.

    "We had good chances in the first half, but they defended well. They came from a point and they got what they wanted. We wanted the win. The draw is OK, but not really good enough."

  6. Manager reaction

    More from Chris Coleman: "We are always in the game. Even when the opponents are on top we never buckle.

    "We normally create a bit more but we were up against a superb team and we were value for a good point.

    "It was not pretty at times but who cares? It's about points. We are on the right path."

  7. Manager reaction

    Wales manager Chris Coleman: "It was exciting. My heart was in my mouth once or twice but I thought it was an incredible performance from our lads.

    "They say they are the best Belgium team in history so to come here and take a point speaks volumes for our players.

    "The lads showed so much character and courage at times."

  8. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Daniel Lewis: Great results for Wales. That's the point. They're getting results, not losing after good performances.

    Hamaad Karim: Do you think Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Republic of Ireland and the other country could all qualify?

  9. Player reaction

    Wales captain Ashley Williams: "It was one of the best performances I have seen in my time with Wales, as a team.

    "It was not too pretty in the first half but we dug in.

    "To get a point and a clean sheet is massive for us. It keeps the momentum going and we are still unbeaten. We wanted to win but we will definitely take a point."

  10. Player reaction

    Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey: "It was a great performance defensively. We weren't that great going forward, but those are the nights you have to be solid and it's something we've worked on.

    "We're in a great position. The confidence is here. The fans are behind us and we showed them our appreciation by giving them our shirts."

  11. Player reaction

    Gareth Bale

    Wales forward Gareth Bale: "It's a fantastic result, coming to the team that is fourth in the world and getting any result is a fantastic performance from us.

    "We started a bit slow in the first half but the football we played in the second half showed true courage.

    "I think everybody did everything and worked for each other. We put expectation on ourselves more than anyone because we know we are capable of."

  12. Post update

    So this is how it stands at the moment, with Israel hosting Bosnia later this evening. Would Wales prefer a nice stalemate in that game? Maybe a Bosnia win?

  13. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Richard: Wayne Hennessey, what a hero.

    Daniel Woodley: What a performance from Wales. Well done to all involved

    Aamir Patel: I don't know why everyone's only talking about Bale when there's 10 other Welsh players.

  14. Post update

    What next? Wales still have to go to Israel and Bosnia, with the Israel game up next in March and the trip to Bosnia no until October. Those and the Belgian visit to Cardiff in June are the games you fancy will decide the Welsh Euro 2016 fate. The trip to Cyprus and visit of Andorra on the final day are must-wins.

  15. Euro 2016 round-up

    Klaas Jan Huntelaar

    Guus Hiddink has well and truly ripped up that resignation letter. The Netherlands coach said he would quit if his side lost to Group A rivals Latvia, but they tore apart the Baltic country with a 6-0 win. The brilliant Arjen Robben scored twice, Schalke striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar also grabbed a double, Manchester United's Robin van Persie notched while defender Jeffrey Bruma added the other.

    In Wales' Group B, Cyprus recorded a 5-0 win over Andorra to move above third-placed Belgium - Apoel winger Georgios Efrem scored a hat-trick.

    In Group H, Norway joined leaders Croatia and Italy on nine points after they secured a 1-0 win in Azerbaijan. Croatia and Italy play at 19:45 GMT.

  16. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I don't think we were at our best from an offensive point of view but defensively we were brilliant.

    "When Belgium come to Cardiff I think we can beat them and I think we can qualify."

  17. Post update

    Wales did earn a point in their last trip to Belgium at the end of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, but that was against a team already in Brazil. This match was 'live', with Belgium gunning to join Wales at the top of the group. As it is, they stay three points back, albeit with a game in hand.

  18. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Magnificent performance from Chris Coleman's men, each and every single one of them. Defensively James Chester and Ashley Williams were great and Wayne Hennessey was always calm. A great performance, well done. Wales were brilliant."

  19. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Gareth Bale calls the Wales players together for a huddle on the halfway line, while the home fans boo their disapproval. The men in yellow head to the visiting fans, who are dancing with delight. There are over 1,000 different beers to try in Belgium. That might not be enough for travelling supporters this evening.

    Wales player celebrate after holding Belgium to a 0-0 draw

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    That's it! Wales have held the fourth best side on the planet. A brilliant effort sees Wales earn a precious (and unexpected?) point in their quest to qualify for Euro 2016. For a few hours at least, they stop of Group B.

    Gareth Bale celebrates Wales draw with Belgium
  21. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Whistle please, sir?


    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Christian Benteke

    Brilliant from Wayne Hennessy. A header saved on the line, the ball scrambled away from the men in yellow. Surely that's it?

  23. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Belgium corner. The last attack?


    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    The old 'substitution to waste time' trick. Emyr Huws on for Hal Robson-Kanu. The clock says there's only one minute to go.

  25. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Another ball forward, another Wales clearance. Two to go.

  26. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "He has been absolutely sensational, James Chester, back there for Wales. I think he has been the man of the match from a defensive point of view."

  27. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    All 11 Wales players are back defending as Adnan Januzaj jinks down the right, squaring across the goal to non-existent red shirts. When Eden Hazard is penalised for jumping at Gareth Bale, Wales have the chance of relief, much to the chagrin of the crowd. Three minutes to hang on.

  28. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think if Wales come away with a point I think they have a real chance of qualifying from this group. Every man in that yellow shirt tonight has been fantastic."

  29. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Belgium v Wales action

    There will be six minutes of added time, six minutes for Wales to hang on for a precious point. At the moment, they have Belgium at arms' length.

  30. Euro 2016 latest

    Arjen Robben

    Sighs of relief from Manchester United fans as striker Robin van Persie, moments after providing the assist for the Netherlands fourth goal against Latvia scored by Jeffrey Bruma, is brought off - not injured - by coach Guus Hiddink. Earlier, club-mate Daley Blind limped off with what appeared to be a knock to the leg.

    Arguably the man-of-the-match, Arjen Robben, makes it 5-0 with his second of the night - yet again, he cuts in from the right. This time he aims low and beats former Crystal Palace keeper Aleksandrs Kolinko.

  31. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Applause as Dries Mertins is carried off. He is conscious and moving, but in a neck brace as a precaution. After a lengthy delay, we're back under way.


    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Dries Mertens gets treatment

    Adnan Januzaj readies himself to come on as Dries Mertens is tended to. George Williams, who took a hefty blow himself, is checked over and is clear to continue. Pictures show that the Napoli player was knocked out before he hit the floor, unable to put his arms out to break his fall. Plenty of worries faces as Mertens is surrounded by medical staff.

  33. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It was a 50-50 challenge, George William and Dries Mertens, but it looks very nasty. You just hope Mertens will be OK."


    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Another reminder that Wales aren't only here to survive as Hal Robson-Kanu forces Thibaut Courtois into a low save. From the resulting corner, George Williams heads the back of Dries Mertens, a sickening blow that appears to have knocked the Belgian forward unconscious. There's no way he will be able to continue.

  35. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Abdullah Mulla: This Welsh team can be compared to the Belgian team of a few years ago. Youngsters with bright futures

  36. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Belgium ease through the gears, moving from Charge of the Light Brigade towards Battle of the Alamo. Wales, though, are as firm as at any point on this Brussels night, even managing the odd counter. Minutes ticking down as an offside Christian Benteke forces a fine save from Wayne Hennessey.

  37. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "The pattern has been set for the last 10 minutes. I think we are going to see plenty of crosses from Belgium and Fellaini might push forward to get those knock-downs."

    Marouane Fellaini attempts to reach a cross
  38. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    We're slowly slipping into the pattern of the first half, with red Belgians shirts laying seige to the Welsh goal. Wales have done well in this second half, but if they want something from this game, they will have to earn it in the final 10.

  39. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Edward Herbert: In a game like this Bale should play in midfield. He is too good not to be on the ball more.

    Matt Congreve: Whatever the result at the end of the night, Wales have shown confidence and character today, Bale has stepped up for us again.

  40. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Eden Hazard still looks the most likely candidate to pick the Welsh lock, this time basing himself on the left for some dribbling trickery. Wales, though, are tireless in getting men behind the ball. When the yellow shirts keep the leather, they draw more jeers. Well inside the final 15 minutes.

  41. Euro 2016 latest

    Arjen Robben
    Image caption: Arjen Robben's free-kick comes off the Latvia crossbar

    It is still 3-0 to Netherlands against Group A rivals Latvia, but it could be about 6-0. Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has hit the bar with a free-kick, saw a shot deflected onto the post and flashed a shot narrowly wide of the far post.

    There will no doubt be great celebrations in the Georgios Efrem household later with the Apoel winger - once at Dundee on loan as I'm sure you will remember - grabbing a hat-trick for Cyprus against Andorra. The Cypriots are set to leapfrog third-placed Belgium in Group B.

  42. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    No we have red pressure, with Wales force to scramble from a Belgium corner. The crowd, quiet for long periods, find their voice again. It's getting scrappy, though, Wales doing well to battle in the middle, drawing jeers from the home support.

    Fellaini and Joe Ledley fight for the ball at a corner

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Still no sign of a Belgian threat in this second half, the pressure of the first period dissipated. With Wales pressing, a home counter is snuffed out by a Joe Allen block on Eden Hazard. Yellow card. Another Belgium change, Divock Origi off, Dries Mertens on.

  44. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ashley Williams: Gareth Bale playing for Wales is like watching Balotelli. Doesn't want to put the effort in but be the hero.

    Arwyn Morgan: Ashley Williams and James Chester have been superb for Wales.

  45. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "If Belgium are the fourth best team in the world I should have played for Real Madrid."

  46. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Wales have grown in confidence, happy to come forward, but that does leave gaps at the back. The game is opening up, but Belgium can't take advantage, with Kevin de Bruyne dragging a long-range shot wide. Approaching the last 20. Believe?

    Belgium forward Kevin de Bruyne
  47. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's been great. Hazard looks great for Belgium and Bale has come alive in the second half. You would take 0-0, of course you would, but what an opportunity to win the game."

  48. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Scratch that, Neil Taylor has tried his luck. He probably shouldn't have, though, shanking one from outside the box way over the bar. Approaching the midway point in this second half, Wales are looking better than at any point in this game. At least a point for the taking?


    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Gareth Bale tackles Nacer Chadli

    Belgium respond to the Wales rally by going with two up top, introducing Christian Benteke for Nacer Chadli. Gareth Bale, by the way, is the only Wales player to attempt a shot in this match.

    Gareth Bale
  50. Text us on 81111

    Nick: Gutted Williams has been brought on, everyone will realise how good he is and take him away from my beloved Fulham..!

    Elton from London: Belgium's starting XI is as strong as any, with plenty of gems ready to wreak havoc from the bench. However, they are also ongoing proof that in football, your whole must be greater than the sum of your parts.

  51. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Marouane Fellaini and Joe Ledley

    "Belgium are here for the taking. If they believe it, they have a real chance.

    "It's a different Gareth Bale in the second half. He wants the ball and is on the ball more."

  52. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    This is Wales' best spell of the game, with George Williams channelling his inner Gareth Bale to run at the Belgian defence. The home fans jeer, aware that their team are creaking. Are we witnessing a Welsh smash-and-grab?

  53. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "They are scared to death of Gareth Bale. Absolutely petrified of him.

    "He picked the ball up on the half turn, has the whole Belgium back four facing him and hits a shot across Courtouis and just past the far post.

    "He's on another planet."

  54. Close!

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Gareth Bale

    We've mentioned it already, but this really is the benefit of Wales having Gareth Bale in their ranks. So long as they can keep it clean at the back, the most expensive player in the world will provide a threat like this. A run down the left, three Belgium defenders with him, a shot flashed across the face of goal. Close.

  55. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    On the subject of Bale, how different is it for him to see so much of the ball in a dominant Real Madrid side, then be so helpless when Wales come up against teams the quality of Belgium. A bit like when George Best played for Northern Ireland. Or George Weah for Liberia.

  56. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think the Belgium subs might come into play as the game goes on. They have real quality. They can come on and change the game. Looking at Wales, they don't really have many like that. But hopefully George Williams can make an impact."

  57. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Plenty of noise in Brussels, the home fans trying to life their men, who are finding their second-half rhythm. You could throw a blanket over the nine yellow shirts in defence, while Gareth Bale cuts an isolated figure up front.

  58. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    DJ Williams Bale is class, but he is not a striker, he needs to get the ball, and Wales midfield are lacking. Would he be better on wing?

    Christian Mescall: Even if Wales lose, Bosnia getting a point at Israel is still a great result for Wales.

    Abz Mulla: Great resolve shown so far from Wales. Need a few quick counters and we could get something from this game.

  59. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    George Williams

    Nice from 19-year-old Fulham man George Williams, getting his dancing shoes on to ghost past a couple of red shirts down the right. That's the spark that Wales would like him to create.


    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    A half-time switcheroo for Wales, David Cotterill off, George Williams on, perhaps with the intention to get at Belgium a little more. Belgium, for their part, have picked up where left off, with Eden Hazard driving through the middle then shooting straight at Wayne Hennessy.

  61. KICK-OFF

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    I suspect that rewards of earning a draw have formed the basis of Chris Coleman's half-time team talk, along with something like "give the ball to Gareth". Players back out, second half under way.

    Wales manager Chris Coleman
  62. Post update

    Let's suppose, though, that Wales manage to hang on. They'd be top of the group, unbeaten after four games and with their toughest task out of the way.

    As it stands, Belgium are slipping behind Cyprus.

  63. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    No explanation needed for these stats. Wales have been under the pump.

    Match stats
  64. Euro 2016 latest

    Klaas Jan Huntelaar

    It is now 3-0 to Netherlands against Latvia thanks to Klaas Jan Huntelaar's 37th goal - a tap-in - that places him joint third on the national team's all-time goalscorer list. He moves alongside Dennis Bergkamp. Former striker Patrick Kluivert has 40, while Robin van Persie leads with 49 - which he scored earlier.

    Elsewhere in Wales' Group B, Cyprus have all but secured victory against Andorra with Georgios Efrem grabbing his second of the night to give his side a 3-0 lead.

  65. Text us on 81111

    Mich in Leeds: This game shows exactly why the midfield is so important in any football match. Bale's barely had a touch in the game. Why? Because the Welsh midfield can barely keep the ball.

    Arwyn Morgan: Wales need to attack Belgium, they look dodgy at the back.

  66. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "We are our own worst enemy. We have given the ball away cheaply in bad areas and allowed Belgium to counter-attack.

    "But 0-0 away from home in a qualifier against the fourth best team in the world at the minute - although I don't agree with that - you would take that."


    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Blessed relief for Wales, who will be glad to have a half-time orange with the score still blank. Lots of Belgian dominance, but only two clear chances that I can remember. Little Welsh threat, though.

  68. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Have a bit of conviction about your corners, whip it in with pace. Courtois is the best in the Premier League at coming to claim high balls."

  69. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    A rare Welsh foray into Belgian territory earns a corner, but Thibaut Courtois sticks up the periscope to pluck it from the sky. Swift counter towards Hazard, ball just beating him into touch.

    Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
  70. Euro 2016 latest

    Cyprus header

    Elsewhere in Group B, as things stand Cyprus will move above Belgium into third because they are currently 2-0 up at home to Andorra. The Cypriots, however, have played one game more than the Belgians.

    The Netherlands are heading for their second win in Group A after going 2-0 up against Latvia thanks to Arjen Robben's spectacular curling effort.

    In Group H, Norway are on course to join Croatia and Italy at the top of Group H on nine points after taking the lead in Azerbaijan.

  71. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Chris Coleman needs to get them in at half-time and tell them to stop giving the ball away near the edge of their 18-yard box. It's stupid.

    "Wales' best two players Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale are playing the furthest forward and aren't seeing a lot of the ball."

  72. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Wales invite trouble, giving the ball away in their own third, but a rare misplaced pass by Eden Hazard lets them off. Chris Coleman, pacing a hole in the floor, screams instructions. For all the Belgian dominance, Wales will be happier if it's still this way at the break.

  73. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Bob: Belgium are very shaky at the back and the keeper looks like he has been in better games! Come on Wales press, the games yours!

    Jon Seller: Regardless of the outcome, Wales' kit is the real winner tonight. Sublime.

    Ashley Williams: Origi showing what Liverpool need, he's got power and pace and is at least closing down.

  74. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Bale being the lone striker, he has had one set piece which was a fantastic strike but has not been in the game apart from that at all.

    "At 0-0 Chris Coleman will be happy but as the game goes on you want him to have more influence."

    Gareth Bale challenges for the ball against Belgium
  75. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    ...Eden Hazard straight at the wall, ball out for a corner. Training-ground routine, aimed at Marouane Fellaini, but beyond the Manchester United man and out. Wales standing firm. Just.


    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Still Belgium press, with nine yellow shirts back defending. Joe Ledley, beard of WG Grace, challenges Axel Witsel with his arm and is livid to go in the book. Sorry, Joe, but that deserved it. Free-kick, 25 yards out...

    Alex Witsel challenges for the ball
  77. Blind injury

    Daley Blind

    Manchester United's injury problems might have just worsened with midfielder/defender Daley Blind coming off with a leg injury following a challenge with Latvia's Eduards Visnakovs in Netherlands' Euro 2016 qualifier. If there is any consolation for United fans, he limped off rather than taken off on a stretcher.

  78. Text us on 81111

    And still Belgium's finest keep coming....

    Gauthier Philippart: Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone. Yes, needed research, but well worth knowing if you are Belgian.

    Jim in Fulham: Rudolph Sax, the inventor of the eponymous brass instrument, was Belgian. I only know this because I had a Belgian French teacher in university and frankly that was all he could come up with.

    Stuart in Coulsdon: Sir Bradley Wiggins, born in Ghent.

  79. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    It's slowly turning into game of attack v defence, red shirts swarming all over yellow. It's hard to remember the last time Wales made it into the Belgium half. Thibaut Courtois is having a brew and reading the paper.

  80. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It was a great shot, hit the post and Origi just couldn't tuck the rebound away."


    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Belgium are starting to shine, with Eden Hazard buzzing around at the centre of it all. Corner from the left, finds its way to the back post, Nicolas Lombaerts turns... hits the post! Seat of the pants stuff for Wales.


    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Great work by Wayne Hennessey, snuffing out a Belgium attack created from nothing. Quick as a flash, Nacer Chadli is through on goal at the edge of the six yard box, with the Crystal Palace keeper off his line to save with his right leg. The best chance of the match so far.

  83. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Goalless, but watchable. Chris Coleman, black suit, patrols his technical area as the drums continue to beat in the stands. The turf, with thick shades of green mowed in, is illuminated by floodlights that cast four shadows from each player. Wales have had most time under the pump, but are finding their way.

  84. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Cardiff Castle

    I'm being told that, in contrast to my earlier fact, Wales often claims to have the most castles per square kilometre. May as well let this match settle it. Another cross from the Belgium right causes frenzy in the Wales box. Bombing balls into the middle looks to be a home tactic.

  85. Text us on 81111

    Andy: If Wales can get any sort of positive result out of today's match away to a world-class side, then I will truly start to believe that this is finally their time to qualify for a major tournament.

  86. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Sensational from Bale. When that man faces the ball and hits it like that - what a save from Courtois. It's just a pity we couldn't get the rebound."

    Gareth Bale reacts to a missed chance against Belgium for Wales
  87. Close!

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Gareth Bale

    A perfect example the benefit of having an £85m player in your side brings. Free-kick to Wales, 30 yards out, Gareth Bale forcing Thibaut Courtois into action. A first shot on target, with Eden Hazard then running the length of the field to cause problems in the Wales defence. Big stars shining in Brussels.

  88. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "If you are Origi it's a massive vote of confidence to be starting with Lukakau and Benteke on the bench for Belgium.

    "Liverpool fans must be thinking they would like to see him in a Liverpool shirt."

    Divock Origi battles for the ball with Ashley Williams
  89. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Eden Hazard decides that Nacer Chadli can't be trusted to deliver from the right, doing it for himself. Much better, a bullet almost on to the barnet of Marouane Fellaini. In the next attack, Lille's on-loan Liverpool striker Divock Origi is thwarted by the on-rushing Wayne Hennessy.

    Belgium's Eden Hazard runs through the Welsh defence
  90. Euro 2016 latest

    Robin van Persie

    Guus Hiddink can start to rip up that resignation letter - Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has given the Netherlands the lead against Group A rivals Latvia, with a header from Arjen Robben's cross.

    Coach Hiddink, in his second spell in charge, threatened to quit if the Dutch failed to pick up at least a point. Netherlands have made an awful start to their Euro 2016 campaign, having lost two of their three qualifiers.

  91. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    A first period of Welsh pressure, with Aaron Ramsey almost forcing himself through the middle. Snuffed out, with a second attack then supplemented by plenty of yellow shirts. Encouraging. Belgium looking wobbly without the injured Vincent Kompany.

  92. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Gareth Bale tackles Marouane Fellaini

    "Fellaini is playing quite high up the park for Belgium. He has done that for Manchester United lately as well. It looks like he will try and get forward. It's almost a 4-1-4-1 for Belgium with Origi as the lone forward."

  93. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Audrey Hepburn

    On the subject of famous Belgians, I've just been told that Audrey Hepburn was born in Belgium. Surely she's our winner? Good footballer, Hepburn. A right-back. Another chance for Nacer Chadli to cross, but it's spooned beyond the far post in the style of a man with his boots on the wrong feet.

  94. Text us on 81111

    Ruby Wax and Jean-Claude Van Damme

    More of your thoughts on Belgium's most famous exports....

    Mark in Lancashire: Jean-Claude Van Damme. However, if you're looking for some really "explosive action" it has to be Vincent Kompany!!!

    Koenyboomboom: The Mighty 'Prince' Philippe Albert! Certainly one of the finest defenders coming out of Belgium!

  95. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Nacer Chadli puts the burners on down the right, leaving Neil Taylor looking like a man who's left the handbrake on. To the byeline, but the cross snuffed out.

  96. Post update

    Belgium 0-0 Wales

    Good atmosphere in Brussels, the King Baudouin Stadium full apart from what look to be some Uefa-enforced empty seats. There's an athletics track around the pitch, but that doesn't seem to be detracting from the noise. Drums, horns and singing.

  97. KICK-OFF

    Off we go, Belgium all in red, Wales in their change of all yellow. The visitors kick right to left as we look on in the first half.

  98. Post update

    I say almost good to go, but we've had the formality of the coin toss. On this coin, one side was yellow, one white.

    What happened to heads and tails?

  99. Post update

    If this match was being decided on national anthems, Wales would be one up. Land Of My Fathers belted out, players and staff arm in arm. More than 2,000 travelling fans doing Wales proud and applauded by Chris Coleman.

    Hands being shaken, almost good to go.

  100. Post update

    Wales forward Gareth Bale from BBC Football Focus: "I feel we can definitely qualify. It would probably be the ultimate achievement. No other Wales team has qualified for a European Championship before, so it would be an amazing achievement, not just for me but everyone in Wales."

  101. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "For Wales to qualify for a first major tournament since 1958 would be an unbelievable achievement. We have had some near misses so if this team could do it, it would be absolutely wonderful."

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    Looking at those line-ups, you sense some Welsh relief that Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke are both only on the Belgium bench.

    Just Kevin de Bruyne, Nacer Chadli and Eden Hazard to worry about.

    Eden Hazard
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    Belgium v Wales (17:00 GMT)

    With less than 10 minutes to go before kick-off, let me remind you of the teams.

    Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Lombaerts, Vertonghen, Van Damme, Witsel, De Bruyne, Fellaini, Hazard, Chadli, Origi. Subs: Mignolet, Nainggolan, Benteke, Lukaku, Mertens, Meunier, De Bock, Denayer, Dembele, Januzaj, Ciman, Gillet.

    Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Neil Taylor, Chester, Ashley Williams, Allen, Ramsey, Bale, Ledley, Cotterill, Robson-Kanu. Subs: Fon Williams, Davies, Dummett, Gabbidon, Huws, Lawrence, Ricketts, Matthews, Jake Taylor, Collins, George Williams, Ward.

    Referee: Pavel Kralovec (Czech Republic)

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    Ghent Castle

    To add to our ponderings on the best things to come out of Belgium, I think it's worth feeding you a few facts about this evening's hosts.

    Most importantly, there are more than 1,000 different beers brewed in Belgium. Most mind-blowingly, there are more castles per square kilometre in Belgium than in any other country.

  105. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Hercule Poirot

    We've been asking you for the best thing to come out of Belgium...

    Paul Haimes: Stella Artois, Hercule Poirot?

    Mark Richardson: Sprouts...?

    Luke Jones: My sister was born in Belgium. She'll be the only one not supporting the family name today.

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    Chris Coleman

    Wales manager Chris Coleman on BBC Radio 5 live: "We have got a mentality now where it's not acceptable to lose. It's not just another game.

    "There is still a way to go but compared with a couple of years ago the group is unrecognisable. There is a steeliness about us.

    "It's a great pressure to have. It's the type of pressure we want. There's a confidence and belief. We have lost one game in eight. We have to keep it going and that's what we've got to do."

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    For a further guide on the size of the Welsh task this evening, let me point you to the fact that Belgium are unbeaten in their last five encounters with the Welsh.

    You have to go all the way back to 1993 for the last Wales win against Belgium, a 2-0 success in Cardiff in 1993.

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    Wales hold their lofty position in Group B thanks to expected wins over Andorra and Cyprus and a decent home draw against Bosnia.

    Nothing surprising so far, with tonight representing the sternest test so far.

    Belgium are ranked fourth in the world, reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup and are perhaps only third in the group because their earlier fixture against Israel was postponed.

    They are not dark horses for Euro 2016. They are a horse.

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    We've been asking you about the famous things to come out of Belgium.

    Toby Smith: Most famous Belgian export has to be Technotronic; they brought us the phenomenal Pump Up The Jam back in 1989.

    Martin Howells: I love Belgium chocolate & waffles, but for the next couple of hours I'm going to burn them on Welsh coal! C'mon Wales!!

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    On the subject of Gareth Bale, his former Tottenham team-mate Jan Vertonghen says Belgium "won't be scared" of the Real Madrid man.

    Bale and Vertonghen have been having a little reunion in the tunnel, too.

    Gareth Bale and Jan Vertonghen
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    Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey
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    Right, back to Belgium.

    You will notice, dear reader, that, of the countries listed at the beginning of this live text, not one of them could claim to have ever had the most expensive player in the world at their disposal.

    For Wales, their luxury is £85m worth of Gareth Bale.

    Bale, who won the Champions League in his first season with Real Madrid, says qualifying for Euro 2016 with Wales would be a bigger achievement than 'La Decima'. You can watch the full interview right here.

    Gareth Bale
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    Guus Hiddink and Robin van Persie

    And, before we focus our attention on Brussels, it's worth a peak at what else is happening around Europe today, particularly the plight of Belgium's best mates the Netherlands.

    The Dutch are currently struggling in their bid to reach Euro 2016, with one win and two defeats from their three Group A qualifiers. They are six points behind Iceland and the Czech Republic and today face Latvia - one place below them.

    In Wales' group, minnows Andorra play wooden-spoon rivals Cyprus, while Norway could go level on points with Croatia and Italy at the top of Group H if they win in Azerbaijan.

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    Adam Lallana

    So, onwards, with a nod to last night's Euro 2016 qualifiers, in which England laboured to a 3-1 win over Slovenia at Wembley.

    When it was all done a dusted, we invited you to put your questions to BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty.

    You can read Phil's take on Daniel Sturridge v Danny Welbeck, Nathaniel Clyne's debut and Jordan Henderson's international future here.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    And, while you're pondering, you may wish for an audio accompaniment to this entertaining and informative live text commentary.

    BBC Radio 5 live will fill your needs and can be heard online via this page, on digital TVs and on the BBC Sport and BBC Radio apps.

  116. Get involved


    Got all that? Aware of the importance of the bash in Brussels? Wonderful.

    Then it's left for me to ask you of your thoughts on what will unfold over the next three hours or so. Brilliant Belgium, or wonder for Wales? And what about the Welsh hopes of qualification for Euro 2016? Impossible dream, or real possibility?

    Finally, remember the old joke about naming a famous Belgian? Discounting footballers, who or what is Belgium's greatest export? Text 81111, tweet using the hashtag #bbcfootball or head to the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  117. Line-ups

    Belgium v Wales (17:00 GMT)

    Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Lombaerts, Vertonghen, Vanden Borre, Witsel, De Bruyne, Fellaini, E Hazard, Chadli, Origi.

    Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, N Taylor, Chester, A Williams, Allen, Ramsey, Bale, Ledley, Cotterill, Robson-Kanu.

  118. Team news

    Wales make three changes from the team which beat Cyprus 2-1 in October, with midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen making welcome returns from injury. They replace George Williams and the suspended Andy King, while striker Simon Church is injured and David Cotterill starts on the wing.

    As for Belgium, manager Marc Wilmots makes three changes from the 3-1 friendly win over Iceland, with Kevin De Bruyne, Divock Origi and Tottenham's Nacer Chadli replacing Mousa Dembele, Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke and Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj.

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    You see, the class of 2014 have made rather a decent start in their bid to reach the finals of Euro 2016.

    After three steps on the road to France, Chris Coleman's men sit top of Group B, with two wins and a draw giving them a one-point lead over Israel. Remember, the top two qualify, with third place good enough for a play-off.

    There is, though, the spectre of the World Cup quarter-finalists looming large. Today, Wales travel to Belgium for the toughest assignment of this qualifying campaign.

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    Bolivia, Iran, Togo, New Zealand and North Korea.

    Nowhere on that list of post-1958 success will you find Wales, who have not made it to a big summer dance since a team including the great John Charles were beaten in a World Cup quarter-final by Pele and Brazil.

    There is hope, though, that a wait of more than half a century is about to come to an end.

    Wales v Brazil 1958 World Cup
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    Latvia, Tunisia, Jamaica, Togo, Iraq, Greece (who won Euro 2004 for goodness sake)...

    Greece win Euro 2004
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    Since 1958, the following countries have qualified for a major international football tournament.

    Slovenia, Slovakia, Israel, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria...

    Hristo Stoichkov