Euro 2016 player ratings: How Wales stars fared in the stunning win over Belgium

first_img 14 14 14 Ashley Williams, defender – 9 – A true leader in the heart of the Dragons’ defence, organising the back five and losing his marker to head home the equaliser from a corner. A type of player England were lacking in Roy Hodgson’s squad. Ben Davies, defender – 7 – Solid at the heart of defence but it was tarnished early on when he was booked inside five minutes, meaning he will miss the semi final. Chris Gunter, wing-back – 7 – The Reading full-back had to face some big stars from Belgium and he dealt with them well, putting in a solid performance on the right-hand side. His stunning cross found Sam Vokes for Wales’ third late on. Wales’ incredible Euro story continued on Friday as they booked their place in the semi final with an incredible win over Belgium.Chris Coleman’s side came from behind to win 3-1 in Lille – live on talkSPORT – to book a last four meeting with Portugal. Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan netted a superb long-range strike for the Red Devils before Ashley Williams headed them back on level terms. Hal Robson-Kanu came up with a spectacular piece of skill to put the Dragons in front, before Sam Vokes came off the bench to make it three late on. So, how did Wales fare against Marc Wilmots’ Belgium? Click the arrow, above right, to see how talkSPORT rated all 11 starters and three substitutes’ performances at Stade Pierre-Mauroy 14 14 14 14 14 Hal Robson-Kanu, forward – 8 – Took his goal brilliantly, losing three markers with a Cruyff turn before finishing coolly past Thibaut Courtois. Battled hard for the duration. He is a free agent after leaving Reading and the goal will only have helped his stock rise. Expect to see him in the Premier League in 2016/17. Joe Allen, holding midfield – 7 – Chased every cause and broke up play in the centre. Was at fault as he gave away possession which led to Radja Nainggolan’s goal in the first half. 14 14 Joe Ledley, holding midfield – 7 – Incredible to be here after picking up an injury at the end of the Premier League season. A solid performance before he was replaced by Andy King. 14 Aaron Ramsey, attacking midfield – 8 – As he has been in this tournament, the Arsenal midfielder was excellent and influential. He controlled the ball in the box brilliantly before laying on the assist for Robson-Kanu to make it 2-1. He made a mistake in the 75th minute – and he knew it – when he was shown a yellow card, ruling him out of the semi-final due to suspension. 14 14 14 Neil Taylor, wing-back – 8 – Made a vital clearance off the goal-line early on and he nearly scored his second goal of the tournament in the second half. Performed his attacking and defensive duties brilliantly. James Chester, defender – 8 – Very good alongside Ashley Williams. Tony Pulis should be impressed by his performances after playing him out of position for West Brom last season. Wayne Hennessey, goalkeeper – 7 – Made a key save early on as Belgium started well. Little he could do to stop Radja Nainggolan’s first-half rocket. SUB ONE – Andy King, midfield – 7 – Replaced Joe Ledley in the second half and broke up play well in midfield, making it hard for Belgium to find a way through. SUB TWO – Sam Vokes, forward – 8 – The Burnley midfielder was put on to chase balls and see out the win, but he sealed the victory with a great header late on. He took his chance brilliantly, meeting Chris Gunter’s cross from the right-hand side. Gareth Bale, attacking midfield – 7 – By his usually high standards, the Real Madrid star was relatively quiet. Wales showed they were not a one-man team as Robson-Kanu netted the winner, Ramsey assisting. Bale chased every cause and he had lively moments, very nearly scoring in the first-half after a long solo run. Without Ramsey in the semi-final, the 26-year-old will be even more important. SUB THREE – James Collins, defender – N/A – The 32-year-old was put on late in the game to run down the clock and see out the victory.last_img read more