Results and latest updates from the Nations League

Results and latest updates from the Nations League

Gareth Bale during Wales' 2022 World Cup play-off final against Ukraine in June - belgium wales livescore nations league 2022 latest updates - AFP

Gareth Bale during Wales’ 2022 World Cup play-off final against Ukraine in June – belgium wales live score nations league 2022 latest updates – AFP

18:39

Watch the scenes

18:36

No punches pulled by Martinez

Belgium field what looks like a strong side on paper. De Bruyne, Hazard, Tielemans, Witsel – to name just four. Top class talent everywhere….

With a World Cup just around the corner and a Nations League group win to chase, Roberto Martinez is not messing around here.

18:33

Here are the teams…

Belgium XI: Courtois; Debast, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Carrasco; De Bruyne, Batshuayi, Hazard

Wales XI: Hennessey; Mepham, Rodon, Norrington-Davies; Roberts, Ampadu, Smith, N Williams; Johnson, Moore, James

18:24

Good evening..

…and welcome to the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels as Belgium and Wales meet for the fourth time in the last 18 months.

This clash comes in the UEFA Nations League, but the game’s importance surely lies more in its capacity as the first of two final games before both sides head to the Qatar World Cup in November.

Roberto Martinez and Rob Page have just the rest of this week to work with their squads before finalizing their pre-World Cup selection plans, meaning outside squad members will be desperate to impress as they try to book their seats on the plane to Qatar.

Evening pages have met with regularity over the past decade. In fact, having met just eight times from 1949 to 1997, they have matched that tally since 2012 – with tonight’s clash marking their ninth during that period.

Belgian superstar Kevin de Bruyne has even admitted to being bored facing Wales in the run-up to this one.

“I think half of my international career has been against Wales,” said De Bruyne, the Manchester City midfielder. “I dont know why. It’s a bit boring. I think it’s 12 times I’ve played against them, it’s always the same teams.

Although the quote was made more in jest than seriousness, it is worth noting that the rivalry between the sides since 2012 has been remarkable even considering Belgium’s place among the supposed elite of international football.

Each side has two wins from the eight matches, with the remaining four, including the last two, resulting in draws.

While attention will understandably be on the World Cup, Rob Page will be aware that a loss for his side here will condemn them to relegation to League B in the Nations League.

The Welsh have just one point from their four games in Group 4, but a win here would set them up for a relegation decider against Poland on Sunday.

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