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Full-time: Wales 3-1 Belgium

  • Wales reach the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time.
  • Belgium took the lead through Radja Nainggolan.
  • Wales responded through Ashley Williams.
  • Second-half goals from Hal Robson Kanu and Sam Vokes secured an historic victory.
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Full-time: Wales 3-1 Belgium

All over in Lille! Wales are in the semi-finals! Some of the Welsh players are in tears, others simply looked shocked.

What an incredible game and what an incredible effort from Chris Coleman's men, who become the first Welsh team to qualify for a semi-final in the country's history.

Wales celebrate in Lille
Wales celebrate in Lille Getty Images

There will be three added minutes. Wales are almost in the semi-finals.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale wins the ball in the air Getty Images

The Welsh fans are singing and dancing in the stands. They're on the brink of creating history.

Ramsey, who has been outstanding, makes way for James Collins. We're almost into added time.

Welsh fans cheer their team
Welsh fans cheer their team Getty Images

GOAL: Wales 3-1 Belgium (Vokes)

Wales are surely heading to the semi-finals now! Amazing scenes in Lille! Gunter makes his way up the right side and floats the ball across to Sam Vokes, who twisted his neck and finds a pinpoint finish with his head.

Incredible. Amazing.

Sam Vokes finds the net
Sam Vokes finds the net Getty Images

Radja Nainggolan goes down under a tackle from Williams. He looks for a penalty, but again, the ref waves away Belgian appeals. That's a mistake, though. He was caught and it ought to have been a penalty.

Meanwhile, the Chelsea-bound Michy Batshuayi is on for Belgium.

Tick-tock, tick-tock... these will be agonising moments for Welsh fans. They've been pinned in their half for the last five minutes.

Fellaini misses a great chance
Fellaini misses a great chance Getty Images

Dries Mertens replaces Jordan Lukaku, while Andy King - who won the Premier League this year - is on in place of Joe Ledley.

Wales are hanging on a bit now. Lukaku goes down in the box, looking for a penalty, but nothing is doing. Moments later, Witsel flashes the ball over the bar.

Another change: Robson Kanu comes off and is replaced by Sam Vokes. TEN MINUTES left now. That's all.

Aaron Ramsey responds to being booked
Aaron Ramsey responds to being booked Getty Images

Ah, and now the United man has spurned a guilt-edge chance! The ball is drifted over from the right flank, Fellaini storms onto the cross but plants his header wide of the post.

Oh, no! A horrible moment for Aaron Ramsey, who has gone into the book and that means he will miss a potential semi-final. The midfielder looks heartbroken, covering his head with his shirt. Time for some changes now, too.

Ramsey tries to make a challenge
Ramsey tries to make a challenge Getty Images

Kevin De Bruyne chests the ball and leads a break up the right side, but he can't find a teammate with his cross. James Chester, who is having a brilliant tournament, is the man in the way this time.

By the way, since he came on at the break, Fellaini has been guilty of a lot of fouls. He's already been booked and I'm not sure how many more fouls this referee will indulge from him.

The scene inside the stadium
The scene inside the stadium Getty Images

Belgium are starting to look a little frustrated and fragmented. They need one of their big-name players to provide a moment of inspiration.

As it stands, Wales are 20 minutes from a semi-final against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal. Can they hold on?

Marc Wilmots looks on
Marc Wilmots looks on Getty Images

Another Williams chance. Another opening from a corner.

On this occasion, Belgium fail to clear the ball on the edge of their box and it drops to Wales' captain, but his right-footed volley flashes over the bar.

Radja Nainggolan
Radja Nainggolan urges his teammates on in Lille Getty Images

Whatever the result this evening, Aaron Ramsey has been a real inspiration for Wales in this match and the tournament more generally.

The Arsenal midfielder has been at his very best and has been at the heart of everything good about Wales tonight. And that's been a lot.

Meanwhile, De Bruyne is stood over a freekick 27 metres out... but it's an easy save and Wales survive.

Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey has been in brilliant form in Euro 2016 Getty Images

Wiliams almost scores from a corner, again. The ball drops to the Wales captain in the box but his effort cannot quite squirm past Courtois.

If Wales get the next goal...

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard dribbles with the ball Getty Images

There's been some criticism of the standard of this tournament, but this has been a thrilling game from the first minute.

Meanwhile, Fellaini has gone into the book for a late tackle on Bale and the Manchester United man will miss the semi-final if Belgium get there.

Fans watch the game in Paris
Fans watch the game in Paris Getty Images

GOAL: Wales 2-1 Belgium (Robson Kanu)

Wales lead in the quarter final! Hal Robson Kanu does his very best Johan Cruyff impression in the middle of the Belgium box to trick their entire defence and then calmly slots the ball home from ten yards.

A brilliant, brilliant goal.

Welsh fans were pleading with the striker to shift the ball to Bale on his left, but he knew exactly what he was doing. Coleman's men are within touching distance of the last four.

Wales are hanging on a bit at the moment. I sense the half-time whistle came at the perfect time for Marc Wimots' men.

Lukaku turns on the ball
Lukaku turns on the ball Getty Images

Now it's Hazard's turn to go close. The Chelsea man cuts in from the left flank and flashes a powerful effort just wide of the post. Belgium appear to have been revitalised at the break.

Welsh fans watch the game
Welsh fans watch the game Getty Images

Well, well, well... all of Wales' good work in the first half is almost undone by a bit of slack defending.

Lukaku gets in between Chester and Williams, but his headed effort from a right-sided cross drifts past the post. In truth, he should have scored from there - it was hardly a tough chance.

And then a minute later, De Bruyne hits a left-footed shot over the bar. Belgium have started the second-half well, though.

Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne with the ball Getty Images

Right, it's time for the second-half. Welsh fans, how are your nerves holding up?

Marouane Fellaini has been introduced at the break for Carraso. That switch, I suspect, is a response to Wales' dominance at setpieces.

Joe Ledley
Joe Ledley directs traffic for Wales Getty Images

Chris Coleman ought to be thoroughly pleased with his team in the first half. They began nervously, but responded to falling behind in fine style.

It must be said, too, that Belgium look vulnerable at the back, especially from corners, in light of their defensive injuries.

Half-time: Wales 1-1 Belgium

What an opening 45 minutes in Lille. Belgium took the lead courtesy of an eye-catching effort from Radja Nainggolan.

But just when it appeared Wales were about to sink out of sight, Chris Coleman's men came storming back into the match and Ashley Williams found the equaliser from a corner.

The scene in a fanzone
The scene in a fanzone Getty Images

Oh, another good effort from Wales. Ramsey takes a shot from distance that deflects off Lukaku and screws wide of the post.

And from the subsequent corner... Williams could - and should - have scored a second. The Swansea City defender is unmarked and only eight yards out, but his effort flashes the wrong side of the upright from his viewpoint.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale responds to a missed chance Getty Images

The latest Wales corner is headed over by James Chester. The underdogs appear to be getting plenty of joy at setpieces, though.

For the time being, the likes of Hazard and De Bruyne have been pushed to the edge of the match - Chris Coleman will hope it stays that way. We're five minutes from half-time.

Wales celebrate their goal
Wales celebrate their goal Getty Images

The Welsh fans are in great voice now, as their team is on top for the time being. They've had 55 percent of the possession, which will come as a surprise to many.

Marc Wilmots looks concerned
Marc Wilmots looks concerned Getty Images

The first real flash of quality from Gareth Bale, who leads a one-man counter-attack, running the legs off Jordan Lukaku before Courtois just about manages to stop his arrow-like right-footed shot in its tracks.

This game is turning into an epic.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale shows the Belgian defence a clean pair of heels Getty Images

GOAL: Wales 1-1 Belgium (Williams)

The captain has done it! Ramsey swings in a corner from the right flank and Williams comes charging onto the ball to power it into the bottom corner.

The Welsh fans and players are going mad in Lille. Wales deserved that goal for their impressive response to falling behind.

Ashley Williams
Ashley Williams celebrates scoring his goal Getty Images

Despite that early setback, Wales have responded in fine style, with Aaron Ramsey leading the way.

The Arsenal man is dictating things from the centre of the field for the time being, using his passing skills to poke and probe the Belgian backline.

Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey on the ball for Wales Getty Images

Neil Taylor almost makes it 1-1! Aaron Ramsey finds himself in a pocket of space, looks up and picks out a pinpoint pass...

Taylor runs onto the ball and appears certain to score, but his goal-bound shot is well saved by Courtois. Brilliant football, that, from Wales. They deserved more.

Chris Gunter is the latest Welsh player to go into the referee's notebook. Again it was De Bruyne who was fouled. He will have to watch his step for the rest of the game now, which is no easy feat against Hazard, De Bruyne et al.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale dribbles with the ball Getty Images

A period of possession for Wales now, which ultimately comes to nothing. But at least they appear to have got themselves back into the match after that nervous opening.

It's been a brilliant opening 20 minutes or so from a neutral viewpoint.

Chris Coleman looks anxious
Chris Coleman looks anxious Getty Images

Jordan Lukaku, the younger brother of Romelu, is looking to get forward at every opportunity and the Belgians are finding plenty of joy down the flanks. Wales, for their part, need to keep feeding the ball to Bale.

Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey goes down under pressure Getty Images

Belgium are looking very, very good in the opening minutes. This is, perhaps, the best they've played all tournament and their supporters are singing in the rain.

Wales need to get a grip on the game before their hopes of a semi-final disappear.

Marc Wilmots
Marc Wilmots watches his side take the lead Getty Images

GOAL: Wales 0-1 Belgium (Nainggolan)

Belgium hit the front courtesy of a stunning goal from Nainggolan, who lashes the ball home with his right foot from about 25 yards out.

The reported Chelsea transfer target had time to look up and power the ball into the top corner. Brilliant goal and Wales are now facing an uphill task in Lille.

Radja Nainggolan
Radja Nainggolan finds the top corner Getty Images

At the other end now, and Wales' Robson Kanu spurns another good chance. The striker gets his head to a left-wing cross but can't direct the ball under the bar.

Moments later, Gareth Bale goes flying up the left wing and takes a shot from an acute angle that lashes against the side netting.

A great start to the game, this. Let's hope for more of the same...

Eden Hazard rues a missed chance
Eden Hazard rues a missed chance Getty Images

Belgium are all over Wales in these opening stages - and they should be leading already! Carrasco and Hazard both have goal-bound efforts cleared off the line.

And from the resulting corner, Lukaku misses a guilt-edge chance from a couple of feet out. How are they not leading!? Wales are lucky to survive unscathed.

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard (right) crosses the ball Getty Images

Kevin De Bruyne skips past Ben Davis, who trips the tricky Manchester City man. He is booked and that means he would miss the semi-final, should Wales get there.

The defender can have no complaints about that decision, either.

Chris Coleman
Chris Coleman watches on from the sidelines Getty Images

The pitch has been relaid ahead of the match and it must be said, is not in especially good condition. I fancy it will cut-up pretty quickly, especially with it being wet this evening.

Anyway, the Belgians have started brightly, controlling the ball and looking to find openings in Wales' backline.

The atmosphere is sensational, by the way. Both these sides have been starved of success down the years and the fans are certainly right up for the occasion.

Belgium kick off
Belgium kick off Getty Images

We're under way in Lille. It's a wet night in northern France, with Wales playing in their home red strip and the Belgians in their away kit.

The teams line up before kick off
The teams line up before kick off Getty Images

The players walk out of the tunnel in Lille and onto the playing surface. First thing is first, it's the national anthems, which are sung as proudly and as loudly as you might anticipate.

And now all the pre-match talk is out of the way, it's down to the real business. Wales are 90 minutes (or, perhaps, 120 minutes) from a place in history.

The pre-match scene
The pre-match scene in Lille Getty Images

Remember, the winner of tonight's game will progress to a semi-final against Portugal, who have yet to win a game at this tournament in normal time. So there's a real incentive here.

The teams are out on the pitch going through their last-minute preparations, while the stadium in Lille is a sea of red this evening. The stage is well and truly set.

Belgian fans before kick-off
Belgian fans before kick-off Getty Images

Pre-match thoughts...

Chris Coleman: "We're not going to talk it down. We're going to savour this occasion, as we have done all along.

"This is another huge test and it's another in a line of challenges that we've already met.

"It's a great position to be in. We've got to go and do all the things that have got us in this position in the first place."

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale (centre) in the warm-up Getty Images

As ever, it seems, all eyes will be on Wales' Gareth Bale tonight, with the Real Madrid man looking look to extend his good run at the Euros. Bale already has three goals in France and will be desperate to find the net against Marc Wilmots' men.

Ahead of the game, there have been injury doubts about Ashley Williams and Eden Hazard, but both players have shaken off their knocks to feature tonight.

Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne during the pre-match warm-up Getty Images

And the substitutes for you..

Wales substitutes: King, O. Williams, G. Williams, Edwards, Richards, Cotterill, Vokes, Collins, J. Williams, Ward, Vaughan, Church.

Belgium substitutes: Fellaini, Mignolet, Gillet, Mertens, Origi, Kabasele, Dembele, Benteke, Batshuayi, Ciman.

The pre-match scene
The pre-match scene Getty Images

Less than an hour to go until kick-off in Lille and for Welsh fans, the nerves are sure to be taking over now.

This is an incredible opportunity for the principality. Chris Coleman has kept a pretty settled side throughout the tournament and having already defeated Belgium in qualifying, they ought to have plenty of belief tonight.

Welsh players before kick-off in Lille
Welsh players before kick-off in Lille Getty Images

Breaking team news:

Chris Coleman makes one change for Wales: Hal-Robson Kanu is brought in to replace Sam Vokes. As expected, Ashley Williams is fit to start the match.

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

Breaking team news:

Three changes for Marc Wilmots' side after their win against Hungary. Jordan Lukaku comes in at left-back, and Jason Denayer replaces the injured Jan Vertonghen.

Elsewhere, Yannick Carrasco also starts in attack.

Belgium: Courtois, Meunier, Alderweireld, Denayer, J. Lukaku, Witsel, Nainggolan, De Bruyne, Carrasco, Hazard, R. Lukaku

Belgian fans in Lille, France
Belgian fans in Lille, France Getty Images

For Welsh fans, these are heady days.

They are in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 and stand 90 minutes away from an unlikely semi-final spot. Ahead of the match, our guest columnist Steve Ellul has given us his thoughts...

The Welsh fans before the game
Welsh fans before the game Getty Images


Belgium sealed a berth in the quarter-final after registering a comfortable 4-0 victory over Hungary.

Eden Hazard had a disappointing last season with Chelsea, but the attacker was the star player for his side, scoring one goal and setting up another for his teammate.

Marc Wilmots' side suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Italy in their first group stage fixture. But since then, they have bounced back and gone on to win the remaining fixtures - two in the group stage and the other in round of 16.


Wales are, of course, the only British team alive in the ongoing European championship in France.

They made it to the last eight after defeating Northern Ireland, thanks to Gareth McAuley's own goal in the 75th minute, which came from a Gareth Bale cross from the left.

The Real Madrid star has been the key player for Chris Coleman's side as he scored in all three group stage fixtures.

Gareth Bale now has three goals
Gareth Bale has three goals in France this summer Getty Images

Good evening and welcome to IBTimes UK's coverage of this eagerly-awaited quarter final between Wales and Belgium.

The Welsh side have already made heroes of themselves in this tournament and stand on the cusp of making a semi-final for the first time in their history.

Sight tight, and we'll bring you the all-important team news as soon as we get it...

Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey