Wales’ loss to Belgium in their first 2022 World Cup qualifier was blamed on “sloppy mistakes”, by Gareth Bale.
Thanks to Harry Wilson’s superb 17-pass move and Bale’s brilliant through ball, Wales took the lead in the 10th minute.
However, Belgium fought back to win 3-1 in a manner befitting the world’s number one team.
Three goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Thorgan Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku from the penalty spot ensured their victory.
Belgium avenged their Euro 2016 quarter-final loss to Wales in Leuven.
Meanwhile, it was Wales’ first competitive defeat in 12 games.
“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 after.
“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.”
“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,” he continued.
“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.”