Connect in the back of the net

Dare I freuddwyd!! That means dare to dream in Welsh and that’s exactly what every Welshman will be doing, as they go head-to head with Belgium in the quarter-finals.

So the Dragons have apparently overachieved and are quarterfinalist in the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.

It’s been more than a half century since Wales have been involved in an elite international tournament.

In that period they’ve had brilliant players, such as Ian Rush, Mark Hughes and Ryan Giggs. Now the country has Gareth Bale, who is currently joint top goal scorer of UEFA Euro 2016.

With the attainment of Bale, would it be ludicrous to suggest that they can win UEFA Euro 2016? Wales could been viewed as an equivalent to Portugal, with both nations mainly relying on a single player.

However, most will agree that Bale is a team player, which makes the Welsh side a stronger unit.  


No fear

Wales should not fear Belgium at all. In the qualifying round of UEFA Euro 2016 Wales took four points off Belgium, winning 1-0 at the Cardiff City stadium.  

Chris Coleman will use those past results as a motivator, as they look to progress into the next round.

However Wales’ last game was rather disappointing from an attacking point of view.

It needed an own goal in the 75th minute against Northern Ireland for them to go through. Nevertheless it was another solid defensive display.

Belgium’s excellent performance last Sunday enforced why they are ranked second in FIFA rankings with a 4-0 win against Hungary in the round of 16.

It appears that Belgium have finally been resurrected after some unconvincing displays in the group stage, including a 2-0 defeat to Italy.

Eden Hazard was the shining light for the Red Devils’ thrashing of Hungary. Towards the end of last season Hazard started to break into good form for Chelsea, and now it’s been translated into the Belgium team.


Fired up

Belgium are strong favourites to win tonight, and on paper should comfortably claim victory.

However we all know that the beautiful game is played on grass, and the Welsh Dragons will be roaring to progress into the semi-finals.

De Rode Duivels have shown a few times during this tournament that they are struggling to score against teams with strong defences.

With a world class performance from Bale, and a resilient defence, an upset could be on the cards.


Written by Chris Haroun

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