- End of 2nd Half
- 2nd Half
- Bale (P)68'
- 1st Half
- Lisakovich (P)29'
- Bale (P)6'
Belarus - Wales
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Full-time: Somehow Wales have won! Gareth Bale is the hero once more as his goal four minutes into added-time wins it for Robert Page's side. It's a huge victory for Wales and keeps their World Cup hopes very much alive!
- GoalGareth BaleWales
GOAL! Belarus 2-3 Wales (Gareth Bale): Oh my, Bale wins it deep into stoppage-time! He makes good contact with a half volley and it nestles into the net to send the Wales bench crazy! It's a huge moment as Wales look to have snatched all three points right at the death!
Pinball inside the Belarus penalty area as Bale's volley is blocked!
- OffVitali LisakovichBelarus
- OnMaksim SkavyshBelarus
That will be Lisakovich's last action as he's replaced by Skavysh. There will be FOUR minutes of added time to play!
Save! Belarus go close to winning it late on! Lisakovich drives forward menacingly and shoots from the angle, Ward doing well to keep it out.
Just wide! Bale's free-kick effort is agonisingly wide as it flashes past the far post.
Is it going to be two points dropped for Wales? Or can Bale be the hero once more? Morrell goes down and wins a free-kick 25 yards out...
Belarus' head coach is booked for something he said to the fourth official, as things heat up here on a cold day in Kazan.
Have a look at Bale's leveller...
Into the last 10 minutes and it almost seems inevitable there will be a late goal. And boy do Wales need it.
Close! Oh, that's just a whisker wide from Bykov, who catches the ball well from distance and had Ward scrambling.
No penalty! Davies slides a ball down the line for Harris, who floats a cross to the back post for Bale to attack, but he hits the deck. The referee says it's not a foul and VAR doesn't overturn the decision.
Harris makes a darting run down the channel and finds Bale, but he makes a mess of his first time shot. After a troubling period in the match, Wales now look the most likely winner.
Eyeing his hat-trick, the ball sits up nicely for Bale to have a crack from 25 yards out but he can't find the target.
GOAL! Belarus 2-2 Wales (Gareth Bale, pen): Bale stutters in his run-up and as the goalkeeper commits, he slides it down the middle to level the scores once more!
Penalty to Wales! A lifeline, perhaps! Allen hangs up a dangerous cross to the far post, Belarus head clear but Davies is tripped inside the box and the referee points to the spot!
James fashions an opportunity but scuffs his shot well wide of goal. It's just not happening for Wales at the moment; they need a spark.
Jonny Williams comes on for Johnson in Wales' second change of the day.
Belarus have plenty of men behind the ball and their job now is to remain organised and defensively sound. It's going to be difficult for Wales to move the ball quickly and break them down on this surface.
More frustration as Allen's pass is astray and goes out for a Belarus goal-kick. Wales have half-an-hour to turn this around.
Bale is back on the pitch and looks fine to continue. Instead, Colwill comes off as he's replaced by Mark Harris.
Oh dear, things look like they might go from bad to worse for Wales, as Bale goes down holding his knee after the ground gives way. Page will be hoping he'll be able to run this off as options on the bench are severely lacking.
That's better! Wales work it really well down the left before Johnson takes matters into his own hands with a quick turn and dangerous shot. It looks destined for the top corner but Chernik is there to tip it over the bar.
James has been the bright spark for Wales so far and he is afforded space to deliver a deep cross, which Gunter heads back into the mixer but Belarus scramble clear.
- 2nd Half
Kick-off! Belarus get the ball moving in the second-half. There were no changes at the break
- End of 1st Half
Half-time: So Wales trail 2-1 in Kazan at the break, and in truth, it could be much worse. Since conceding the equaliser, they have been a defensive shambles, presenting their opponents a number of chances. A big 45 minutes to follow for Robert Page's side!
Another let-off for Wales! This is a mess! Morrell takes too many touches and loses the ball in a dangerous area. Belarus spring a dangerous counter-attack, Klimovich twists and turns inside the box to create the spot and you're waiting for the net to bulge but he can't find the far corner he's looking for.
James beats his marker and delivers a cross, but he can't find a team mate. It comes out to Davies whose half-volley is dragged well wide of goal.
Wales have now conceded six goals in their last game and a half following their 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Denmark at the Euros. A cause for great concern for Page.
Look away, Wales fans...
Close! Wales are dragged out of shape once more as Belarus win another corner. And Sachivko really ought to score from the resulting set-piece as he gets the wrong side of Lawrence but heads just wide.
Well, who saw that coming?! Wales have a lot of work to do now. After largely dominating the opening 25 minutes, Robert Page's side lost their defensive composure and suddenly find themselves behind.
- GoalPavel SedkoBelarus
GOAL! Belarus 2-1 Wales (Pavel Sedko): Oh my, in a matter of minutes Belarus have turned this game on its head! Colwill loses the ball in midfield and from there Belarus split their defence open all too easily, scorer Lisakovich turning provider as he squares it to Sedko who slots it home.
GOAL! Belarus 1-1 Wales (Vitali Lisakovich, pen): It's all level here in Kazan as Lisakovich hammers it into the left corner. Ward dives the correct way but there's no stopping that.
Penalty to Belarus! Gunter raises his foot too high and catches Zolotov, who goes down inside the box, and the referee signals for a spot-kick!
Have a look at Bale's opener...
Ward thinks about coming as an awkward cross is delivered into the Wales penalty area, but Lawrence deals with the danger well. After an incredibly slow start, Belarus are slowly growing into the contest.
Shot! Wales press their opponents and win the ball back in midfield. James cuts inside and drills a decent effort from distance just wide.
Close! Lisakovich goes down inside the penalty area after a marauding run. The referee allows play to continue, but James tries to run his way out of trouble and loses the ball and Klimovich fires just wide from the edge of the box.
Colwill has been excellent in the middle of the park and he sets an attack up with lovely footwork. Bale is released down the right, he crosses into the book but it's cut out and Wales have another corner.
Wales have had 78 per cent of the ball so far. Belarus are sitting back and allowing their opponents all of the early possession.
- Yellow cardArtem BykovBelarus
Bykov goes into the book for a foul on Mepham. Wales may be a long way from home but the visitors look incredibly comfortable at the moment.
Save! Wales continue to apply pressure. They win a corner, which is delivered to the near post where Bale can flick it on. It comes out to Allen, who shoots from the edge of the box but it's straight at Chernik.
The penalty all came about after Davies played a clever ball over Belarus' defence to play in Bale. The goalkeeper was caught in no man's land and could only foul the Real Madrid star.
- Goal by penaltyGareth BaleWales
GOAL! Belarus 0-1 Wales (Gareth Bale, pen): As cool as you like, Bale sends the goalkeeper the wrong way as he puts the ball into the bottom right corner. That ends his run of 16 matches without a goal for his country!
Penalty to Wales! Bales is taken out by the goalkeeper Chernik and the referee points to the spot! A yellow card to the Belarus shot-stopper and a wonderful chance for Wales to take an early lead...
The sun may be shining in Kazan but it's a chilly 10 degrees out there.
James wins Wales an early corner, which they play short and, in truth, make a mess of.
- 1st Half
Kick-off! Wales take the knee before getting this Group E encounter underway!
Bale leads the Welsh team out, as Page's side look to build on their impressive victory over Czech Republic last time out. It's time for the national anthems...
At 1/2, Wales are clear favourites to win in Kazan, and on paper, they should take three points. They will have to find a way without their away supporters, of course, as the game is being played behind closed doors.
Speculation suggested Bale's international future was in doubt after Euro 2020, but the Real Madrid star has shown 100 per cent commitment to his nation's cause. How important will the skipper be today?
Looks like a 4-2-3-1 for Wales today, with 19-year-old Colwill leading the line on his first competitive start. No pressure then, eh?
Wales boss Page has only managed to pick 10 substitutes despite being permitted 12, which underlines his troubles with personnel availability today.
Belarus also have three points, although they have played a game more than Wales. They kicked off their campaign with a fine 4-2 win over Estonia - but three days later fell to an 8-0 Belgium thrashing and their last outing saw them fall to a 1-0 defeat in Czech Republic.
It's fair to say that the venue has also been a challenge for Wales. "Uefa could have picked any neutral venue but they’ve decided on Kazan,” manager Robert Page said. "First and foremost we sympathise with the Belarusians, absolutely. But organising it from a financial and logistical point of view is a nightmare. We’ve got to pick a bigger squad as we all need visas – just in case there are injuries this weekend. The work that has gone into it is crazy. I have never seen anything like it – the amount of work, forms to fill in, it’s crazy. We tried to appeal but were shot down straight away. Uefa have decided that’s what we have to do and we have to get on with it.”
After two games in Group E, Wales have three points and are already seven points behind leaders Belgium and four points behind Czech Republic in second. And although they have played two games fewer than their rivals in the pool, Wales are in desperate need of a win to kick-start their qualification bid. That makes today's game crucial, even if they are without many key players.
There's no Aaron Ramsey, Kieffer Moore, Connor Roberts or Harry Wilson today for Wales, so Nottingham Forest playmaker Brennan Johnson is handed his first competitive start, as is teenagee Rubin Colwill. Gareth Bale starts in attack alongside new Leeds United signing Daniel James.
TEAMS - Wales XI: Ward, Gunter, Mepham, J Lawrence, B Davies, Allen, Morrell, Johnson, Bale, James, Colwill.. subs: Hennessey, King, Lockyer, Sheehan, J Williams, Norrington-Davies, Harris, Smith, Woodburn, Levitt. /// Belarus XI: Chernik, Shvetsov, Khadarkevich, Sachivko, Zolotov, Begunov, Ebong, Bykov, Klimovich, Sedko, V Lisakovich.. subs: Stepanov, Pavlyuchenko, Pechenin, Rakhmanov, Shauchenka, Grechikho, R Lisakovich, Skavysh, Yuzepchuk, Kontsevoi, Podstrelov, Antilevski.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of Wales' World Cup qualifier against Belarus. As a result of the match being moved to Russia, a number of Welsh players are missing out due to visa problems. Mark Page's squad is further hampered by a number of injuries. It's all set up to be a difficult challenge for Gareth Bale and co - can they grab three vital points in their quest to make it to Qatar?