UEFA Nations League: Wales strikes late to hold Belgium

The result still leaves Wales at the bottom of the group at the halfway stage while Belgium is second, three points behind the Netherlands which drew with Poland.

Wales' Brennan Johnson celebrates after scoring the equaliser against Belgium in a group stage match of the UEFA Nations League in Cardiff on Saturday.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Wales held Belgium to a 1-1 draw to claim its first point in its UEFA Nations League group campaign after Brennan Johnson scored a late equaliser to cancel out a Youri Tielemans goal in Cardiff on Saturday.

The result still leaves Wales at the bottom of the group at the halfway stage while Belgium is second, three points behind the Netherlands which drew with Poland.

Wales nearly had the perfect start when Ethan Ampadu fired a half-volley into the top corner in the fifth minute but his joy at scoring a first international goal was short-lived after VAR chalked off the effort for an offside in the build-up.

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Belgium dominated possession in the first half but it was Wales which created better chances, with Gareth Bale and Connor Roberts both going close to opening the scoring but shooting over.

However, Belgium pounced five minutes into the second half when a slick passing move down the right finished with Michy Batshuayi patiently holding up the ball in the box before Tielemans arrived and drove his shot into the bottom corner.

But Wales equalised in the 86th minute when Aaron Ramsey's fine footwork allowed him to find his fellow substitute Johnson who scored with aplomb, with VAR overruling the linesman's flag for offside after a nervous wait for the home side.

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