Belgium defeated Wales and Azerbaijan defeated Slovakia in the European Nations League

BRUSSELS: Kevin De Bruyne scored one goal and prepared another as Belgium benefited from a strong first half performance by beating Wales 2-1 in a first-class UEFA Nations League match at King Bowdoin on Thursday. Wales were lucky as they did not fall more than 2-0 in the first half after goals from De Bruyne and Michy Batshuayi, as well as a number of other chances Belgium lost. But Wales pulled one back early in the second half when Kiefer Moore headed home from close range. Belgium collected 10 points in five games. The team will travel to Amsterdam on Sunday and will have to win three goals to overtake the Netherlands to pass in head to Group D and qualify for the Nations League semi-finals next year. The hosts were in able to grant playmaker Eden Hazard 65 minutes of play as he tried to challenge himself and improve his fitness in view of the World Cup in Qatar. Gareth Bale arrived as a substitute for Wales in the last half hour of the match, which is a positive sign for manager Rob Page ahead of his home game against Poland next Sunday as he tries to avoid relegation. from the first division. In addition, the Azerbaijani national football team defeated the Slovak team 2-1 today, Thursday, in the fifth round of Group C at the third level of the European Nations League. And the Azerbaijani team raised its score to seven points to take second place behind the Kazakhstan team, which was in head after his 1-2 victory over Belarus earlier today, Thursday, to boost his score to 13 points. The balance of Slovakia, on the other hand, is still at six points in third place, while Belarus is in bottom of the standings with two points. Rinat Dadshov passed in Azerbaijan in the 44th minute, before Eric Jirka equalized for Slovakia from a penalty in the third minute of the second half. But the Azerbaijani team managed to score the winning goal with Hajt Haq Wardi in the fifth minute of the second half. (agencies)