Wales great run in the 2016 Euro tournament continued after the first timers came from a goal down to beat Belgium 3 – 1 in the second quarter final staged at the Stade Pierre Mauroy on Friday 1 July.
Belgium started well with Eden Hazard bearing down the right wing and tried to pick out Romelu Lukaku with a cross on the third minute but Wayne Hennessey in the Wales goal was well alert.
On the fifth minute Ben Davies got booked for obstructing Kevin De Bruyne after the Belgian had intercepted a wayward pass from Joe Ledley. The booking coming with a one – match ban.
A goal mouth melee on the seventh minute saw Wales escape as the Belgians managed three shots in quick succession, from Kevin De Bruyne, Yannick Carasco and Lukaku.
A minute later Romelu Lukaku failed to get on the end of a Kevin De Bruyne corner at the far post, when he really should have done better and Wales started waking up, two minutes later Gareth Bale threatening with a break and shot that kissed the side net.
On the 12th minute Joe Allen lost possession in the midfield and Wales had a massive let off as Carasco missed the target but it was not for too long.
Radja Naingolan opened the scores on the 14th minute with an absolute rasper from outside the penalty area after taking a pass from Eden Hazard and Wales got thei9r awakening as Bale had another close shave.
Wales started growing in the game with Bale and Aaron Ramsey playing key roles and Neil Taylor almost leveled on the 27th minute after an Aaron Ramsey pull-back from the right landed perfectly for him and he smashed the ball goalwards but Thibaut Courtois pulled a massive save.
The Chelsea keeper had nothing to do three minutes later when Hal Robson Kanu won a corner and Ramsey floated it for skipper Ashley Williams to powerfully head home.
Ramsey and Williams should have repeated the feat on the 43rd minute but this time the defender headed just over the bar.
Belgium resumed the second half with more of the pressure but somehow, Wales managed to hold on and broke the tie with a great goal from Hal Robson Kanu on the 55th minute.
Kanu turned well after an Aaron Ramsey and took out three Belgian defenders and hit the ball well past the keeper from 10 yards.
Belgium’s attempts at getting the leveler saw them send bodies upfront and that turned to be a bad mistake as Sam Vokes put Wales two goals ahead with a wonderful header past Thibaut Courtois and inside the left upright on the 85th minute.
The win will see Wales set up a semi final clash with Portugal after the Portuguese beat Poland on post match penalties in the first quarter final.