World Cup Dream Ended By Belgium
Belgium captain Vincent Kompany ended a nations' dreams of reaching the World Cup Finals, as he scored the only goal of the game against Wales.
The Welsh side battled incredibly well, and came up with a few chances of their own, but Belgium got the win, and Wales head out of the competition.
Belgium XI vs Wales
(4-5-1)Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany (C), Vertonghen, Pocognoli; Fellaini, Dembélé, Witsel, De Bruyne, Hazard; Benteke.
Substitutes: Proto, Defour, Gillet, De Sutter, Nainggolan, Praet, Mudingayi, Vossen, Vermaelen, De Bock, De Laet, Casteels.
Wales XI vs Belgium
(4-5-1)Hennessey; Gunter, Collins (C), Lynch, Taylor; Jones, Ramsey, Allen, Bellamy, Robson-Kanu; Vokes.
Substitutes: Myhill, fon Williams, Collins, Davies, Cassidy, Taylor, Davies, Crofts, Cotterill, Collins, Eardley.
Wales showed glimpses of quality in this surprisingly tight game. Belgium kicked off, but there wasn't a real chance until twenty minutes had passed. World class winger Eden Hazard picked up the ball out wide, used his skill to bypass two Welsh players, before passing to Christian Benteke on the edge of the area. The Aston Villa striker could only strike a first time shot wide of Wayne Hennessey's goal.
Just before half time, Tottenham Hotspurs' Mousa Dembélé had a chance to put his side into the lead but dragged his shot at the last moment. The two teams went in level, Wales putting up a great fight against the strong favourites.
Wales made just one substitution at half time - the quiet Sam Vokes left the field to be replaced by young Jake Cassidy.
After half time, Hennessey was called into action straight away, following a mix up in defence. A throw-in from Neil Taylor had David Jones confused, and the ball went through to Benteke, who for the second time in the match failed to break the deadlock. A weak shot from inside the area was caught well by the Crystal Palace goalkeeper.
The only goal of the game finally came in the 50th minute, when Kevin De Bruyne of Chelsea swung a well delivered corner into the penalty area. Captain Vincent Kompany jumped highest to head home past a despondent Hennessey.
No more chances for either side in the match, but Wales continued to fight on. The final whistle went a 1-0.
Sadly, this loss marked the end of Wales' dream of reaching the World Cup Finals in Brazil, as Scotland only managed to draw with Croatia, meaning that the side went five points clear of Wales with just one game remaining. Wales slipped down to 4th, after Serbia beat Macedonia.