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    *Official* Quarterfinal Two: Wales vs Belgium

    Wales vs Belgium
    Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille Métropole
    Friday 1 July, kick off 21.00 CET


    Wales: 1st appearance at major tournament since 1958 (qualified as Asian/African representative)
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    I did not know about the African/Asian representative thing. Can you elaborate?

    The amount of goodwill towards Wales round here is sickening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GIMH View Post
    I did not know about the African/Asian representative thing. Can you elaborate?

    The amount of goodwill towards Wales round here is sickening.
    It's one of Brumby's favourite quiz questions.

    Israel had originally qualified from that zone by a bunch of walkovers because they were drawn against mainly Arab nations. (Indonesia wanted to play but only on neutral ground.) As Fifa found it slightly weird that a country had qualified without kicking a ball in anger, they wanted to arrange a playoff against a European group runner up ("randomly" drawn). Belgium were first drawn, but declined, so the chance went to Wales, who won 2-0 and 2-0.

    Israel were quietly shuffled away to Oceania and Europe after this.
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    Where is everybody? This is a fantastic game.


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    Yeah don't know why people thought this would be bad. Both really good counter attacking sides.
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    Everyone (English) despise Wales though.

    Bit disappointed in Belgium taking their foot of the gas after that banger from Nainggolan.

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    Easy to see why people conclude that Wales are a one man team, but it's pretty harsh on Bale who has his moments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MW1304 View Post
    Where is everybody? This is a fantastic game.
    Keeping an eye on the game..its a Friday night though.
    Think Wales playing rather well,against Belgium who are favourites?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabinet96 View Post
    Easy to see why people conclude that Wales are a one man team, but it's pretty harsh on Bale who has his moments.
    I mean Neil Taylor isn't that much better than the rest.

    Belgium already had a shaky defence but both Vers missing has made even more of a hole. Good for the match.

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    So weird that Wilmots doesn't rate Dembele. He's literally perfect for a game like this. Can't get past him and you can't stop him getting past you.

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    Great goal...go wales

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    This is great.

    All I could think as that happened was give it to Bale, ya moron, but that was so composed.

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    This can't be happening.

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    Ha, sold the defenders way down the river with that turn. Quality. Just when Belgium looked like they were getting on top too.

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    Hope the Belgian defence has paid to get back in.

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