Wales lost to Belgium due to sloppy mistakes. In their first 2022 World Cup qualifier, their loss was blamed on sloppiness by Gareth Bale.
“It was great to get an early goal. We felt we were set up well, our game plan was going well,” Bale told Sky Sports.
“A few sloppy mistakes let them back in. We know they are a great side and they’ve got great players. When you do make mistakes you get punished,” he said about Wales’ first competitive defeat in 12 games.
Wales indeed took the lead in the 10th minute, thanks to Harry Wilson’s superb 17-pass.
This pass led to Bale’s brilliant through ball.
However, Belgium fought back to win 3-1 in a manner befitting the world’s number one team.
The three goals came from Kevin De Bruyne, Thorgan Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku from the penalty spot.
Belgium thus avenged their Euro 2016 quarter-final loss to Wales in Leuven.
“We went into half-time 2-1 down and still in the game. We came out second half and made a few tiny changes tactically and we were in the game for large parts,” Bale remarked.
“Neither team created too many chances, especially clear cut. We’re disappointed to lose, but we knew it was going to be difficult here and we have to take the positives out of this into the next games.”