What next for Wales as Rob Page’s men secure home World Cup play-off semi-final with Belgium draw?

Kieffer Moore's calm equaliser earned Wales the result they needed in front of a packed Cardiff City Stadium Credit: PA

Wales will be seeded for a home World Cup play-off semi-final after Kieffer Moore’s equaliser secured a 1-1 draw against Belgium.

Already guaranteed a play-off spot through their Nations League results, Rob Page’s Wales were determined to secure a home tie in March by finishing second in Group E.

Moore struck just after the half-hour mark in Cardiff to cancel out Kevin De Bruyne’s 12th minute opener for the visitors.

Without talisman Gareth Bale, who was missing through injury, Wales grew into the second half and threatened to win the game with Neco Williams coming close late on.

Rob Page took charge of Wales in November 2020 Credit: PA

Visibly emotional after the final whistle, Wales boss Rob Page said: “I was emotional at the end, in the circle, absolutely – I couldn’t be any more proud of that group of men, to give that level of performance off the back of Saturday’s performance as well.

“We knew we needed to score goals on Saturday because it might come down to goal difference, but we went out for the win tonight. 

“Even late on, 15, 20 minutes to go, we weren’t happy just sitting on a point. We wanted to go and get the win, and credit has to go the players, they were outstanding.”

The draw is enough to ensure Wales finish above the Czech Republic who won 2-0 at home against Estonia.

That means Wales will now play at home in the one-legged semi-final of the play-offs in March. 

Seeded, it also means Wales will avoid European giants such as Italy and Portugal, as well as in form Scotland. 

Who awaits Wales in the play-off semi-finals?

Wales will be drawn against one of:



North Macedonia



Czech Republic

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Wales’ captain for the night, Aaron Ramsey, believes home advantage could be critical in front of a packed Cardiff City Stadium.

Ramsey told Sky Sports: “It’s massive, full credit to the boys. 

“They put in a massive shift again against top opposition, so full credit. We always believed we could get a result, especially at home with our fans here. It’s another good night for us.

“You could see the atmosphere here tonight, it’s a special place to come and play, so hopefully that will give us an extra edge in that play-off.”

The draw for the 2022 World Cup play-offs will take place on Friday, November 26.

The play-offs will take place between March 24 and March 29 2022 with 12 teams drawn into three different paths containing a one-legged semi-final and a final.

The three final winners will qualify for the 2022 Word Cup held in Qatar in November and December next year.