Kevin de Bruyne was at his masterful greatest as Belgium withstood a spirited fightback from Wales to go away them teetering on the point of relegation within the Nations League.

De Bruyne casually stroked within the opening goal from the sting of the penalty area and hit the post with one other shot from an analogous distance before crossing for Michy Batshuayi to faucet within the dwelling aspect’s second.

Belgium’s 2-0 half-time lead was no reflection of their avalanche of chances, and that benefit was lower in half when Kieffer Moore headed in from Brennan Johnson’s superbly flighted cross.

After Belgium had a penalty overturned by the video assistant referee as replays confirmed Joe Morrell had cleanly dispossessed De Bruyne, Wales pushed for an unlikely late equaliser however have been thwarted by a house aspect who couldn’t have envisaged such a nervy conclusion to a game they appeared destined to win at a canter.

With Poland shedding at dwelling to the Netherlands, Wales should now beat Poland in Cardiff on Sunday to maintain their place within the top flight of the Nations League.

Robert Lewandowski and company will pose Robert Page’s men with one other stern challenge and, whereas Poland may not be of the identical commonplace of this stellar Belgian aspect, Wales will nonetheless be with out quite a few first-team players due to injury.

The absence of the likes of Ben Davies, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Harry Wilson was keenly felt in Brussels, however a courageous second-half show supplied sufficient encouragement to counsel Wales belong at this degree.

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