A highly anticipated Euro 2016 Group B qualifier ended in a 0-0 draw at the King Baudouin Stadium last night between Belgium and Wales. The two strong favourites of the group failed to hit the target as Gareth Bale came close with two free kicks and a burst down the left flank which narrowly missed the post. For Belgium, Lombaerts, who scored last week in the 3-1 win against Iceland, struck the post with a volley from a corner which fell to Origi but trickled wide. Belgium almost ran away with all three points in the dying seconds as a Benteke header from a corner rebounded and fell to both Afro boys Witsel and Fellaini who missed as they both kicked the ball at the same time from barely 3 yards out.
Belgium 4-2-3-1: Courtois 7; Vanden Borre 6, Lombaerts 7, Alderweireld 7, Vertonghen 7; Witsel 6, Fellaini 5; Chadli 5 (Benteke 62’ 6), De Bruyne 6, Hazard 7; Origi 6 (Mertens 73’ (Januzaj 89’))
Wales 4-4-1-1: Hennessey 7.5; Gunter 6.5, Chester 8.5, A Williams 8, Taylor 6.5; Allen 7.5, Ledley 6, Cotterill 5 (G Williams 46’), Ramsey 5; Robson-Kanu 6 (Huws 90’); Bale 7.5
Fellaini at it again….
Reminiscent on his foul against Zabaleta last season, the Manchester United man completely clobbered Liverpool and Wales’s Joe Allen in a 50:50 tackle. I personally believe that Allen fell into his elbow but boy, there was a lot of blood:
Dries Mertens came on late in the game to replace Origi but was soon replaced again following a nasty head collision
Elsewhere in Group B, Cyprus romped to a 5-0 win over Andorra and shock result of the weekend went to Israel who destroyed Bosnia 3-0 and landed a top of the table position.
Watch Belgium vs Wales Full Highlights
Euro 2016 Group B Table
Belgium next face Cyprus on Sat 28th March 2015 and then Israel on Tues 31st March 2015.