Wales are just two games from their first World Cup appearance since 1958.

Rob Page’s men secured a home play-off semi-final this international break as they picked up four points from games against Belarus and the world’s number one ranked side, Belgium.

An Aaron Ramsey brace and goals from Neco Williams, Ben Davies and Conor Roberts secured a 5-1 victory against Belarus on Saturday.

Those three points meant that Wales just needed a point against Belgium, so long as Turkey didn’t beat Montenegro by four or more, on Tuesday night to host a World Cup play-off semi-final in March.


Cymru fell behind early to a Kevin De Bruyne effort, but talisman Kieffer Moore soon struck back as Wales picked up a 1-1 draw against the Belgians without Gareth Bale.

Speaking after the game, Page and his players highlighted the advantage playing in front of a partisan Cardiff City Stadium can offer in the play-offs.

Skipper for the night, Ramsey said: “There’s some big, big teams still in it, but it’s so important that we had a home tie.

“You could see the atmosphere here tonight, it’s a special place to come and play, so hopefully that will give us an extra edge in that play-off.”

Goalscoring hero Kieffer Moore added: “That was incredible – it’s amazing scoring in front of ‘The Red Wall’. I can’t explain it, you’re kind of lost for words but it’s some feeling.

“I think nights like this, we’d back ourselves against anyone.”


Page echoed Moore as he said: “when the crowd is like it was tonight and on Saturday, we fancy our chances against anybody”.

But what is next for Wales?

This weekend’s results mean that Wales will be one of six seeded teams for the playoffs.

They will play a semi-final against an unseeded team on March 24, and, if they come out on top, will then face the winner of another semi-final on March 29.

The draw for the play-offs will take place at 4pm on November 26.

These are the unseeded teams Wales could face in the semi-final:

  • Turkey
  • Poland
  • North Macedonia
  • Ukraine
  • Austria
  • Czech Republic

The other seeded teams, who Wales can’t face until a potential play-off final, are:

  • Portugal
  • Italy
  • Sweden
  • Russia
  • Scotland

All matched will be played over one leg, with three of the 12 teams securing a spot at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.