Outstanding De Bruyne leads Devils to victory against Wales, against goal tainted on evening | UEFA Nations League 2022/2023

Kevin De Bruyne can keep this blood form for a few more months. The metronome opened the score against Wales and served Batshuayi for the 2-0. A shame that the Red Devils again conceded a goal after the break, which again sowed doubts. Group win in the Nations League is a long way off, because the Netherlands also fourth. “We’ll make it a fun game,” promised De Bruyne.

Belgium – Wales in a nutshell:

  • man of the match: Kevin De Bruyne scored and let score. After his opening goal, he fired on Wales several more times, eventually serving Batshuayi.
  • remarkable: Roberto Martinez had to go to the dressing room in the final phase. In his 75th international match, he was shown red. Because he kept the ball for a while.
  • next stop: On Sunday, the Red Devils play football in Amsterdam against group leader the Netherlands. If they want to reach the Final 4 of the Nations League, they have to win by at least 3 goals difference.

King De Bruyne

The Belgians started anything but sprightly in their last match of the year on home soil. Against a young Wales they struggled to keep the ball in the squad.

After 10 minutes they suddenly put together a sharp action. Debutant Debast played on Meunier and Batshuayi served De Bruyne with a center. He simply put the ball into the Welsh goal: 1-0.

KDB was looking forward to it and wanted to add a few more scoops. After three attempts in a row, he put the ball perfectly at the far post for Batshuayi. The replacement for the injured Lukaku only had to put his foot against it: 2-0, his 26th goal in 46 matches.

No sequel after the break

After a convincing first, a disappointing second half followed. This time, the Welshmen punished the Belgians’ weak start.

Moore climbed higher than Debast, Courtois had no chance on the header: 2-1. Once again the Red Devils could not keep the clean sheet.

Wales came close to making it 2-2, but Courtois and Alderweireld also put a stop to that. The latter won an aerial duel against his former Tottenham teammate Bale.

There was no real answer from the Belgians. They were able to take back control, but they no longer caused any danger.

Martinez had to step down in the extra minutes. He was shown a red card for delaying a restart of Wales. The national coach kept the ball too long.

Thibaut Courtois has no chance on a header from Moore.

Mission impossible against the Netherlands

Still in group 4 of the Nations League, the Netherlands won 2-0 in Poland. If Belgium still wants to make it to the Final 4, it will have to win by at least 3 goals difference in Amsterdam on Sunday. The first leg in Brussels ended 1-4.

De Bruyne: “We had to stay calmer after the break”

“In the first half we made the right moves at the right moments”, star Kevin De Bruyne looked back. “We had to stay calm in the second half.”

“We played a little differently because these are the last moments to try things out,” he clarified.

“On Sunday we will try to win in the Netherlands. That will be a nice match, in preparation for the World Cup. And if we still push through, that is a nice bonus.”

It will be a fun party in the Netherlands.

Kevin De Bruyne

Debutant Debast: “It felt good”

Zeno Debast was immediately allowed to show up in the base. “I only knew it two hours before kick-off. In the beginning it was a bit overwhelming, then I got into the match and it felt good”, the 18-year-old Anderlecht defender reacted.

The debutant formed a defense with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. “They tried to guide me as much as possible, that helped me enormously.”

Debast made a good turn, only with the 2-1 he didn’t seem to go free. “It was a big guy,” the teen explained. “I knew that ball was coming, so maybe I had to contact him a little more.”

Is Debast now dreaming of Qatar? “That would be great. I’m going to work hard in training,” he promised. “This competition shirt will already have a nice place at home.”

  1. second half, minute 100. standings group 4. 1. Netherlands 13 points 2. Belgium 10 3. Poland 4 4. Wales 1 .

    position group 4

    1.

    The Netherlands

    13 pts

    2.

    Belgium

    10

    3.

    Poland

    4

    4.

    Wales

    1

  2. second half, minute 97 match over
  3. second half, minute 97. end: 2-1. Past. The Red Devils wave goodbye to the Belgian supporters with a difficult 2-1 win. In the second half they could not extend an extension to a convincing first half. Belgium found no answer to Wales’ goal against. With a three-pointer, it remains in the running for the Final 4 of the Nations League. Although it will have to be done differently on Sunday against group leader the Netherlands. The Orange won 2-0 in Poland and keep its 3-point bonus over the Devils. .

    end: 2-1

    Past. The Red Devils wave goodbye to the Belgian supporters with a difficult 2-1 win.

    In the second half they could not extend an extension to a convincing first half. Belgium found no answer to Wales’ goal against.

    With a three-pointer, it remains in the running for the Final 4 of the Nations League. Although it will have to be done differently on Sunday against group leader the Netherlands. The Orange won 2-0 in Poland and keep its 3-point bonus over the Devils.

  4. second half, minute 96. The Belgians reach the end with fits and starts. Eddy Snelders in Sporza on Radio 1.

    With fits and starts, the Belgians reach the end.

    Eddy Snelders in Sporza on Radio 1

  5. second half, minute 91. Substitution at Belgium, Charles De Ketelaere in, Kevin De Bruyne out
  6. second half, minute 91. Red for Martinez. With a correct tackle, Meunier takes the sting out of a counterattack from Wales. The referee draws red. For whom? For the head coach. Roberto Martinez must have blown the ball away. Assistant Thierry Henry takes the wheel. .

    Red for Martinez

    With a correct tackle, Meunier takes the sting out of a counterattack from Wales. The referee draws red.

    For whom? For the head coach. Roberto Martinez must have blown the ball away.

    Assistant Thierry Henry takes the wheel.

  7. second half, minute 91. +6 minutes. The race management will add 6 minutes. The signal for Charles De Ketelaere to fill in for the Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne. .

    +6 minutes

    The race management will add 6 minutes. The signal for Charles De Ketelaere to fill in for the Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne.

  8. second half, minute 89. After a save by Courtois, the Belgians quickly break out. The action ends with De Bruyne, who has seen his opponent touch the ball with his hands. The referee does not comply with the request. .

    After a rescue from Courtois, the Belgians quickly break out. The action ends with De Bruyne, who has seen his opponent touch the ball with his hands. The referee does not comply with the request.

  9. second half, minute 87. attempt Mertens. There’s Mertens again. He stays well wide on the left and wants to curl it into the far corner, but it becomes a line wide of the target. .

    attempt Mertens

    There’s Mertens again. He stays well wide on the left and wants to curl it into the far corner, but it becomes a line wide of the target.

  10. second half, minute 87. Substitutes Vanaken, Trossard and Mertens try with quick passes on the left. The Welsh defense has got it figured out. .

    Substitutes Vanaken, Trossard and Mertens try with quick passes on the left. The Welsh defense has got it figured out.

  11. second half, minute 84. almost 2-2. Wales is playing all or nothing and throws in another striker with Met Roberts. A few seconds later Johnson almost whips in the 2-2. The ball goes in front. .

    almost 2-2

    Wales is playing all or nothing and throws in another striker with Met Roberts.

    A few seconds later Johnson almost whips in the 2-2. The ball goes in front.

  12. second half, minute 84. Wales substitution, Tyler Roberts in, Rhys Norrington-Davies out
  13. second half, minute 82. The second half is of much less quality than the first. Peter Vandenbempt in Sporza on Radio 1.

    The second half is much worse than the first.

    Peter Vandenbempt in Sporza on Radio 1

  14. no, no penalty. The referee stands in front of the video screen and reverses his decision. The Red Devils will have to make the 3-1 in a different way. . second half, minute 79.

    var no, no penalty

    The referee stands in front of the video screen and reverses his decision. The Red Devils will have to make the 3-1 in a different way.

  15. Gareth Bale of Wales yellow card during second half, minute 78
  16. second half, minute 76. penalty? The Belgians get a penalty kick. Did the referee see this correctly? In the duel with De Bruyne, Morrell plays the ball cleanly. Bale protests and gets a yellow card pushed under his nose. .

    penalty?

    The Belgians get a penalty kick. Did the referee see this correctly? In the duel with De Bruyne, Morrell plays the ball cleanly. Bale protests and gets a yellow card pushed under his nose.

  17. second half, minute 75. Substitution at Belgium, Hans Vanaken in, Youri Tielemans out
  18. second half, minute 73. After a corner from Wales, Openda can counterattack. De Bruyne is swinging on the right, but the substitute opts for a soft ball to Meunier. Gone chance. .

    After a corner from Wales, Openda can counter. De Bruyne is swinging on the right, but the substitute opts for a soft ball to Meunier. Gone chance.

  19. second half, minute 71.

  20. second half, minute 68. Bale heads. Gareth Bale doesn’t take long to cause danger. Ex-Tottenham teammate Alderweireld wins the aerial duel. .

    Bale heads

    Gareth Bale doesn’t take long to cause danger. Ex-Tottenham teammate Alderweireld wins the aerial duel.

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