Wales rallied from an early deficit to defeat Belgium 3-1 and advance to the semifinals in their first European Championship. Ashle...
Wales rallied from an early deficit to defeat Belgium 3-1 and advance to the semifinals in their first European Championship.
Ashley Williams cancelled out Radja Nainggolan's opener, before Hal Robson-Kanu's spectacular goal put Wales ahead and Sam Vokes finished it off with five minutes to play.
Belgium took the led via Nainggolan who was granted acres of space outside the box and unleashed a 25-yard rocket that flew past a diving Hennessey. The 13th-minute goal seemed to spark Wales into action, and Chris Coleman's men had much more possession after falling behind.
Their first chance to equalise came in the 25th minute when Taylor redirected Aaron Ramsey's pass from the byline, but Thibaut Courtois did well to get back across his goal to save.
But the Belgium keeper could do nothing five minutes later when Williams broke free following a corner and headed in to score his second international goal, and first since 2010.
Wales then took the lead in the 55th minute. Ramsey corralled a long pass at the side of the box and chipped in a cross to Robson-Kanu, who befuddled three defenders with a magnificent turn before curling a shot past Courtois from 12 yards.
Despite Belgium's pressure Wales expanded their lead in the 85th minute when Chris Gunter broke free down the sideline and lofted a cross into the box. Substitute Vokes beat Toby Alderweireld to the ball and flicked a header past Courtois to seal the victory.
Wales advance to face Portugal in the first semifinal on Wednesday in Lyon in a tantalising meeting between Real Madrid teammates Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. But the Welshmen will be without both Ramsey and Davies, who will be suspended after bookings on Friday.