After the world-shaking upset of England by Iceland Saturday, Wales will shoot for a stunning upset of their own as they take on Belgium in a match that will stream live Friday in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 UEFA European Championship — a match that international superstar Gareth Bale of Wales believes that his upstart side can win.
Wales and Belgium found themselves in the same UEFA Euro qualifying group, and Wales actually got the better of the Belgium team, which is loaded with England Premier League stars including Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku of Everton.
— BBC Wales Sport (@BBCWalesSport) June 29, 2016
But Wales have Bale, the Real Madrid star and one the world’s highest-paid players, who came into the 2016 UEFA Euro off of his second UEFA Champions League title in three years since joining Spanish giants Real from Premier League stalwarts Tottenham Hotspur.
In the qualifying round, Wales traveled to Belgium and held on for a gritty 0-0 draw. They followed up with a 1-0 win on the strength of a goal by Bale at Cardiff City Stadium.
But that was almost exactly one year ago. Nonetheless, Bale remains supremely confident that his team has Belgium’s number.
“We are like their bogey team aren’t we?” Bale said in a mid-week interview. “We understand we’ve had good results against them, but they are a top team. Hopefully that edge gets into their heads, you never know.”
Watch highlights of the 1-0 Wales victory over Belgium from June of 2015 in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Wales vs. Belgium 2016 UEFA Euro quarterfinal match, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille, France, on Friday, July 1.
For fans in Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom, the live stream gets underway at 8 p.m. Fans in the United States can log in at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, noon Pacific.
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The Belgium team remembers those two tough games and remains wary of facing Wales again.
“We’ve had it very difficult against them,” said Belgium midfielder Dries Mertens. “They have a good block, with three defenders behind. They give you the feeling you can score a goal, let you play a good game, but in the end they score one goal and don’t concede.”
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To watch the Wales Vs. Belgium 2016 UEFA Euro quarterfinal elimination match stream live, use the stream provided by WatchESPN at this link, or download the WatchESPN app to watch the game on mobile devices. Fans who do not have credentials to log in to WatchESPN can watch a tactical cam or aerial multi-camera view of the game via ESPN3, also at the above link.
Or, fans can watch the match without ESPN login credentials via the Sling TV internet TV package at this link. The package, which includes a variety of channels, including ESPN, which carries the 2016 European Championships, costs $20 per month. But Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial, so subscribers can choose whether or not to keep the service after watching the Wales Vs. Belgium Friday knockout match stream live online. A Spanish-language live stream of the game, Gales vs. Belgica, is also available via WatchESPN at this link.
Fans in the United Kingdom who want to watch a live stream of the Wales Vs. Belgium 2016 UEFA Euro quarterfinal elimination match for the upstart Wales team against European giants Belgium can view the showdown using BBC iPlayer at this link or use the BBC iPlayer app which is available on Google Chromecast and several other smart TV sets and devices in Great Britain. The live radio broadcast stream from BBC Radio Wales is available on Friday in any country by clicking on this link.
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