Belgium takes first step towards Brazil

The Belgian national football team the Red Devils has won the first of its World Cup qualifying group matches. The Belgians enjoyed a 2-0 away win against Wales in the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday evening. Coach Marc Wilmots opted for an offensive 4-3-3 set-up. Kevin Mirallas joined Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and PSV's Dries Mertens up front. The midfield was made up of Axel Witsel, Moussa Dembele and Everton’s Marouane Fellaini.

With his squad plagued by injury, the Welsh Coach Chris Coleman was forced to make important changes to his starting line-up.

The Welsh formed a defensive block early on and the Red Devils had trouble pushing forward. However, this changed on 20 minutes when an industrious Dries Mertens was able to force a corner.

Wales went down to ten men when Collins was sent off for a particularly nasty fowl on Gillet.

The Red Devils took the lead on the stroke of half time when the Manchester City and national team captain Vincent Kompany  made it 1-0 to the Belgians (photo). 

West Brom’s Romelu Lukaku was brought in for Kevin Mirallas at the start of the second half.

West Brom’s Romelu Lukaku was brought in for Kevin Mirallas at the start of the second half.Although Wales’ star player Gareth Bale was able to sometimes force through on the wing.

The Welsh created little or nothing in the way on chances. The Belgians tried to consolidate their position and this was rewarded when Spurs’ Jan Vertonghen (photo) made it 2-0 to Belgium 7 minutes from time.

A good start that the Belgians will be looking to reaffirm when they take on Croatia on Tuesday.