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World Cup qualifying: Wales snatch draw in Belgium thanks to Aaron Ramsey

By Ben Hampshire - Follow me: @BH92.   Last Updated: 15/10/13 11:33pm

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Aaron Ramsey: Grabbed a late equaliser for Wales as they snatched a point from Belgium

Aaron Ramsey: Grabbed a late equaliser for Wales as they snatched a point from Belgium

Aaron Ramsey struck a late equaliser as Wales stunned Group A winners Belgium in Brussels, coming from behind to snatch a 1-1 draw and boost Chris Coleman's chances of keeping his job as manager of the national side.

Wales had shown brave resistance but they looked to be subsiding to another defeat when Kevin De Bruyne seized on an error from debutant James Wilson to fire Belgium ahead.

But skipper Ramsey was picked out by Craig Bellamy, on his 78th and final Wales appearance, and slid the ball under Thibaut Courtois to earn the visitors a hard-earned point.

Scotland's win over Croatia means Wales finish a lowly fifth in Group A, and the FAW will have to decide whether some fleeting moments of promise merit another chance for the 43-year-old.

Few had given Wales any chance of spoiling Belgium's World Cup qualification party but they built on a solid start.

They had an early chance when Ramsey's reverse pass found Andy King, but his pull-back did not quite reach Hal Robson-Kanu.

Belgium enjoyed their own spell of pressure, with Kevin Mirallas failing to find a team-mate after his Everton colleague Romelu Lukaku had beaten James Collins to a flick-on.

Survived

Lukaku then forced Wayne Hennessey into his first save on 15 minutes after De Bruyne had put the forward away, while at the other end Robson-Kanu skewed wide after a driving run from Ramsey.

Mirallas fired wide after nipping in ahead of Collins to meet a Toby Alderweireld centre, but with Ramsey pulling the strings Wales were posing attacking questions of their own.

Coleman's message to FA of Wales

But they survived a major scare seven minutes before the break.

Alderweireld flicked the ball over two defenders before getting away a volley which deflected off Collins and rattled the bar, before Mirallas fired wide following up.

Hennessey then could not hold a De Bruyne shot before Lukaku headed inches wide from Sebastien Pocognoli's teasing cross.

Robson-Kanu fired tamely at Thibaut Courtois as Wales responded, before having a decent penalty appeal turned down on half-time when Simon Church went over in the box under Daniel van Buyten's tackle.

Belgium piled on further pressure after the break with Thomas Vermaelen firing wide from Lukaku's pass.

Final bow

Welsh hopes suffered a blow as Collins limped off with an ankle problem and Cheltenham's Wilson came on to win his first cap in his place.

Ramsey's contribution

But the visitors continued to battle gamely, and Ramsey and Church combined to engineer a shooting opportunity for David Vaughan, whose effort was deflected over the bar.

Belgium introduced Eden Hazard in place of Nacer Chadli and the Chelsea man almost made an instant impact as he picked his way past several defenders only for Hennessey to save with his legs.

De Bruyne finally broke Welsh resistance in the 65th minute pouncing on a defensive error from debutant Wilson to fire low into the bottom corner.

But Wales rallied and Courtois just about kept out a glancing header from substitute Sam Vokes and a shot from Vaughan during a goalmouth scramble from a Ramsey free-kick.

Coleman then handed 16-year-old Harry Wilson a first cap to make the Liverpool winger the youngest player to ever represent Wales, and within seconds of his introduction the visitors levelled.

Bellamy, with his last telling contribution for his country, picked out Ramsey and the Arsenal man slotted calmly under the keeper to earn Wales a draw against the odds.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 15th Oct - Group E
    Tue 15th Oct - Group F
    Tue 15th Oct - Group G
    Tue 15th Oct - Group D
    Tue 15th Oct - Group B
    Tue 15th Oct - Group A
    Tue 15th Oct - Group C
    • Faroe Islands
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      Austria
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    • Rep Ireland
      3 - 1
      Kazakhstan
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    • Sweden
      3 - 5
      Germany
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    Tue 15th Oct - Group H
    Tue 15th Oct - Group I

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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