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Bale breaks deadlock in first half against Belgium

It's half time at the Cardiff City Stadium and Wales are in the lead by a goal.

Gareth Bale put Wales in front in the 25th minute. The Real Madrid star pounced on an error by Belgium midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who headed the ball back into his path - and Bale chested down smartly and marked winning his 50th cap in style by firing past Thibaut Courtois.

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Belgium had dominated until that point but Wales were galvanised by the goal and grew increasingly more comfortable as the half wore on with Hal Robson-Kanu also going close to scoring.


Coleman makes two changes ahead of Euro qualifier

Wales made two changes from the side which won in Israel in March for the Euro 2016 Group B table-topping clash with Belgium at the Cardiff City Stadium.

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James Chester and Jazz Richards came in for injured defenders James Collins and Ben Davies as Wales manager Chris Coleman appeared to be adopting a 5-3-2 formation against opponents ranked second in the FIFA world rankings.

Kevin De Bruyne replaced the injured Marouane Fellaini in Belgium's only change from the side which beat France 4-3 in a Paris friendly last Sunday.

Last-minute rehearsals underway for Wales clash

Last-minute rehearsals are underway for tonight's Wales v Belgium clash.

Tonight's match is key to Wales's Euro qualifying campaign. The home side are unbeaten so far, but tonight's opponents are ahead of them on goal difference.

Fans have spent the day getting into the pre-match party spirit ahead of tonight's game.

Long delays on M4 ahead of Wales v Belgium clash

A map showing where there are delays on the M4 this evening. Credit: Traffic Wales

There are long delays on the M4 this evening ahead of tonight's international football match between Wales and Belgium.

Severe delays are reported westbound between junctions 23 and 26.

Delays are also reported at junctions 28 and 33.

Wales to clash with Belgium in Euro 2016 qualifier

Wales play Belgium at Cardiff City Stadium tonight in a key match in their Euro Qualifying campaign.

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Coleman's side are unbeaten so far and are second on goal difference behind leaders Belgium.

Wales haven't reached the finals of a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup in Sweden and the stadium is expected to reach crowd capacity.

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Coleman's been asking fans to arrive at the stadium early to cheer the squad on in the pre-match preparations.

Find out everything you need know ahead of the game here.


Ledley backs Bale to reach 100 caps

Gareth Bale prepares to collect his 50th cap against Belgium on Friday night with Joe Ledley certain his team-mate will go on and reach three figures.

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Ledley was playing on the night of May 27, 2006 when Bale won his first cap against Trinidad & Tobago in the Austrian city of Graz to become the youngest Welshman - at 16 years and 315 days - to represent his country at that time.

No Welshman has won 100 caps - goalkeeper Neville Southall holding the record on 92 and the late Gary Speed the most for an outfield player with 85 - but Ledley feels Real Madrid forward Bale will achieve that mark after recalling how the young substitute made an immediate impression by setting up Robert Earnshaw's winner on his debut.

You could see Gareth had something special, brilliant on the ball, fast, and you could see his free-kicks as well. He has always had that.

You never thought 'maybe Madrid' but that is down to him. That is his dedication and the way that he has focused on the game and, credit to him, he deserves to be where he is.

– Joe Ledley, Crystal Palace and Wales
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