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Brenan Johnson scored a late equalizer to help Wales produce one of the close football scores of the weekend in the Nations League. Youri Tielemans put the home side in front in the 50th minute before Johnson equalized in the 86th minute. It was a controversial equalizer with Belgium boss Roberto Martinez left fuming with VAR’s decision to allow the goal.

Player ratings

Wales: Hennessey (8), Roberts (6), Mepham (7), Rodon (7), Davies (7), Williams (8), Wilson (7), Allen (7), Ampadu (7), James (7), Bale (6)
Subs: Ramsey (8), Johnson (8), Burns (7), Norrington-Davies (7), Colwill (7)

Belgium: Casteels (6), Dendoncker (7), Boyata (7), Theate (7), Meunier (7), Tielemans (8), Witsel (6), Trossard (7), De Bruyne (7), Batshuayi (7), Carrasco (8)
Subs: E.Hazard (6), T.Hazard (6), Praet (6)

Man of the match: Aaron Ramsey

Managers Reaction 

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez: “I am very confused. How is the goal allowed to stand? It looks offside. But we have gone mad in that respect. I think VAR should be there to help the referee. The linesman gives offside which is a very good decision. When I look at the images it doesn’t look right, so we need an explanation from the VAR committee and how the system works as those lines were not parallel to the 18-yard box. And it looks like we’ve had two points taken away.”

Wales boss Robert Page said: “This shows how far we’ve come as a group. We don’t fear anybody. That’s a benchmark, another statement. When we go a goal behind, we don’t give up and we’ll keep going. He’s a wonderful talent. I’m looking forward to seeing him in the Premier League next season and watching him grow with us because every time he comes on he impresses. He shows his worth so he deserved his goal. He’s got a lot more to come as well. We see it a day, in and day out. We had a chat with him yesterday. Alan Knill (coach) showed him his clips back and where we think he can improve. He’s shown it again.”

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