Wales secure crucial away point as Euro bandwagon marches on

Ross McLean
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WALES maintained their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2016 after a goalless draw against Belgium in Brussels last night.

Keeper Wayne Hennessey denied Tottenham forward Nacer Chadli as Nicolas Lombaerts struck the woodwork before Gareth Bale fired wide in the second period as the visitors grew into the game.

Wales temporarily topped Group B although Israel’s 3-0 defeat of Bosnia-Hercegovina means Chris Coleman’s side currently sit second.

Italy’s Group H clash with Croatia at the San Siro had to be suspended after the stadium was engulfed in smoke with quarter of an hour left as visiting supporters threw flares and fireworks onto the pitch.

Play was resumed 10 minutes later with the match ending in a 1-1 stalemate, Ivan Perisic cancelling out Antonio Candreva’s opener.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie opened the scoring as Holland routed Latvia 6-0 in Group A although former Ajax midfielder Daley Blind suffered suspected knee ligament damage.