Wales 0 Belgium 2 – Kompany and Vertonghen seal points
Belgium made a winning start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, with Marc Wilmots’ team landing a 2-0 victory at the Cardiff City Stadium against a Welsh side that were firmly in the game until James Collins was sent off midway through the first half.
September 7th, 2012
Collins can have few excuses after seeing red for a lunge on Guillaume Gillet which could have caused a nasty injury to the Belgian right back, although the visitors struggled to make their advantage count and needed two other defenders to help seal the points.
Vincent Kompany led by example by nodding home from a corner just before the interval, with Jan Vertonghen doubling his team’s advantage after Aaron Ramsey was cruelly judged to have fouled Romelu Lukaku outside the penalty area.
The game had started brightly for Wales despite a string of high-profile absentees, with Gareth Bale once again raising the bar in a national shirt and the Tottenham winger was unable to find a team-mate after a direct run into the Belgium penalty area.
However, a Belgian counter-attack in the 26th minute saw a moment of madness from Collins, leaving Wales to struggle with ten men for most of the match.
Manager Chris Coleman will take plenty of positives from the spirited performance of his team although the scoreline could have been more emphatic for the Belgians if they had taken their chances.