Full-time: The defeat would have been heavier for Wales if not for Belgium's lack of a killer instinct, but it was a decent performance by the depleted home side nonetheless. Hope survives.
90 min: Lovely touch by Bale to get past Fellaini. Then his 25-yard shot is deflected out for a corner.
88 min: Vermalen tonks over from 12 yards after Wales fail to deal with a corner.
85 min: Belgium are showboating now: Mertens played ball to Hazard in the box with his back, Hazard feinted and darted a little before rolling it to Lukaku, who knocked it back to Witsel. His shot is deflected behind for a corner.
GOAL! Wales 0-2 Belgium (Vertonghen 82') Superb freekick! The ball was rolled to Vertonghen, who unleashed a fierce shot from 25 yards and it whizzes past Myhill and into the net. That's a double blow for Bale, who may not get to take many freekicks at Spurs this season ....
80 min: Wales change: Edwards off, King on.
79 min: Gillet deservedly booked for a cynical late tackle on Bale.
77 min: A shoddy firs touch by Lukaku spares Wales after De Bruyne had put the striker through with a fine quick pass from deep.
75 min: More probing by Belgium around the box, concluding once again with a rash shot by Mertens.
71 min: Wales changes: Church and Morison off, Robson-Kanu and Vokes on.
70 min: Witsel robs Ramsey 30 yards from goal ... then has a pop, which goes miles wide. Another bad decision.
68 min: For all their skill, too many Belgian players still make wrong decisions at crucial times. They have been wasteful tonight. This young team obviously still have maturing to do.
65 min: Belgium substitution: Dembélé off, De Bruyne on.
64 min: Belgium have won corner after corner but still have only mustered three shots on target, which is pretty lamentable given the amount of possession they've had.
60 min: Cracking freekick by Bale! He fired in a ferocious effort from 25 yards and Courtois did well to push out for a corner. The delivery from the corner is decent, forcing Kompany to concede another one. But Belgium get the next one away.
58 min: Wales are cut apart by a slinky one-two between Hazard and Vetonghen but the centreback then drives the ball into the sidenetting from eighty yards.
56 min: Mertens has seen plenty of the ball wide on the left but seldom done well enough with it. This time, however, he sends in a fine cross towards Lukaku, whose header is deflected behind by Matthews.
54 min: Belgium have had a nasty habit in the last couple of years of dominating matches like this but failing to apply the killer touch and then falling victim to a late sucker punch. So there is still hope for Wales ...
49 min:After penning Wales in and around their box for about four minutes, Belgium finally take a shot, though they've have been better off waiting till they created a clearer opportunity, as Mertens' effort from a tight angle posed no difficulty to Myhill.
48 min: Not sure Wales have touched the ball in this half so far ....
46 min: Belgium have made a change, introducing Lukaku for Mirallas. That's my cue to put some money on Lukaku scoring. "As a Scot i'm watching this game from behind the couch, Dr Who style," quivers Tony Reekie. "Im not sure we're as good as Wales, and we're playing a different game from the Belgians. Look out for us deploying the 8-2-0 formation."
Half-time: This has been a decent performance by Wales in the face of huge adversity, which intensify when Collins was harshly sent off in the 25th minute. The home side have been fast and sharp on the break so a goal for them is certainly not out of the question, but it is difficult to see them preventing Belgium from scoring again.
45 min: Mertens lashes down the left before clipping a ball across to Mirallas, who comes in at the far post but can't steer his shot on target.
44 min: Hazard sends in a dangerous cross from the right, Wales scramble it out for a corner, which Fellaini meets in a similar position to where Kompany scored from. But Fellaini's header isn't as good.
GOAL! Wales 0-1 Belgium (Kompany 41') A fine near-post header by the Man City captain from a corner gives the visitors the lead. Collins was missed there.
40 min: Trouble for Belgium, brilliance by Bale! A launched ball over the top of the Belgian back four, who were on the halfway line, gives Bale a cause to chase: and he does so with tremendous speed, charging the ball down at the edge of the box as the keeper tried to clear. Fortunately for the visitors, it rebounded wide.
38 min: Excellent play by Wales. Ramsey cleverly found Bale on the right. The Spurs man took it forward and then pulled a low cross back to Morison, who smartly let it run to Church, whose shot from 10 yards was blocked in extremis by Gillet.
36 min: Bad miss by Belgium! A cross from the right ran all the way to Mertens on the left. He made a better angle for himself with the first touch and then, with the second, whacked the ball inches wide from 12 yards.
33 min: Every little decision is going in the visitors' favour, a trend that has got Chris Coleman off his bench to have angry words with the fourth official: does the Uefa refereeing course include a module on fourth officials ignoring angry managers? It should do.
31 min: Kompany nods over from close range following a corner. Belgium increasingly dominant but yet to cut depleted Wales open.
27 min: The Wales fans are venting their fury at the sending off and they have a point: both Collins and Gillet challenged for the ball in the same way, one leg outstretched, studs up.
RED CARD! James Collins is instantly dismissed for jumping in studs-up on Gillet and catching him on the ankle.
23 min: The Belgian threat is rising, and Mertens is the most menacing of all. He's just had another dangerous shot deflected inches wide.
22 min: Wicked curling cross by Mertens, defended superbly by Collins, who hurled himself in front of Vermaelen to prevent a near-certain goal. "I hope this game is better than the earlier Irish offering," exclaims Ianto Brychan with just cause. "I was getting concerned for your wellbeing after 60 minutes. The 3-1 victory over Belgium in 1990 was the first Wales game I attended. A fresh-faced youth full of hope for the future. If I could go back in time I wonder if I'd drop a truthbomb on my younger self about the decades of failure ahead or let the yoot enjoy that brief period of sunshine. Is it always good to know what you know now when you were younger?" Nah, if there were no disappointments, there'd have to be no hope.
18 min: Bale gets up a gallop for the first time in the game and scorches down the right win, past two players and to the by-line. As the keeper comes to challenge him, he loops the ball towards the centre ... but it's tantalisingly too high for Church. Wales have had the better chances in this game even if Belgian have had the most possession.
15 min: Wild tackle by Fellaini on Ramsey. The Evertonian is very lucky to avoid a booking there.
12 min: This is good by Wales: they're pestering Belgian frantically, forcing the better team backwards. But for how long?
8 min: So close for Wales! Morison flicked on a long ball into the path of Edwards, who had surged through from deep. He took the ball past the defender with one touch but then blasted into the sidenetting as the keeper rushed out to close him down.
5 min: Matthews launches a long throw into the Belgian box, in search of Collins. But, unsurprisingly, Fellaini heads clear. In other news, Wales appear to be wearing Melchester Rovers' kit.
3 min: There's a pleasing pace, intensity and sense of purpose to this match already. Belgium are evidently going to have most of the ball but Wales are primed to counter quickly when they get it.
1 min: Belgium have completed a dozen passes in the first 60 seconds. In the match I've just finished MBMing, Ireland had hoofed the ball away five times by that time.
7.40pm: As the players run through their respective national anthems, Scotland fans watch on in wonder: "As a Scotland fan I'm fearful of what this Belgian side could do in this group," frets Simon McMahon. "Hopefully Wales can do us a turn tonight by taking something from this game. I feel Scotland are capable of beating everyone at home, starting tomorrow against Serbia, but we will no doubt need favours in what looks like being a cut-throat section with no clear favourite. Let the games commence."
7.38pm: We know that this Belgian squad is brimming with quality, but it seems their fans have class too: they've just unfurled a huge banner that reads: "Respect to Gary Speed."
7.35pm: Blues for Wales as their injury woes are compounded by the late loss of Joe Allen, who cannot play tonight because of a virus. Here are the line-ups:
Wales: Myhill, Blake, James Collins, Ashley Williams, Gunter, Edwards, Ramsey, Bale, Matthews, Church, Morison.
Subs: Brown, Davies, Ricketts, Richards, Vaughan, King, Earnshaw, Vokes, Jonathan Williams, Robson-Kanu, Price.
Belgium: Courtois, Guillaume Gillet, Vermaelen, Kompany,
Vertonghen, Witsel, Dembele, Hazard, Mertens, Mirallas, Fellaini. Subs: Mignolet, Ciman, De Bruyne, Alderweireld,
Van Buyten, De Camargo, Defour, Lombaerts, Lukaku, Simons,
Benteke, Jean-Francois Gillet.
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (Sweden)
Paul will be here at 7.35pm. Ish. In the meantime, take a look a Stuart James' pre-match blog on Belgium's very own 'golden generation':
Not so long ago, the only Belgian name mentioned in relation to a transfer deal in the Premier League was Bosman. Belgian football was in a state of turmoil, the national team were suffering humiliating defeats, including a 4-1 hammering at home against Morocco four years ago, and scouts had much better things to do with their time than spend it flying in and out of Brussels trying to find another Enzo Scifo.
How times have changed. When Marc Wilmots picks his team for Friday night's opening World Cup qualifier, against Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium, the Belgium manager will be selecting from a squad that includes 10 players who earn their money in English football's top flight and another two who are rising stars and owned by Premier League clubs. The Belgians have invaded these shores, yet it is the sheer quality of the arrivals, not just the quantity, that takes the breath away.
Vincent Kompany led Manchester City to the title last year, Eden Hazard has already lit up Chelsea, Thomas Vermaelen is the new Arsenal captain, Kevin Mirallas has joined Marouane Fellainiat Everton and Moussa Dembélé last week followed Jan Vertonghen to Tottenham Hotspur. The other five players in the Belgium squad registered to English clubs – Romelu Lukaku, the Chelsea forward on loan at West Bromwich Albion, Christian Benteke, Aston Villa's new £7m striker, Simon Mignolet, the Sunderland No1, and Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne, who belong to Chelsea but are on loan at Atlético Madrid and Werder Bremen respectively – are not a bad supporting cast.