Lukaku was joined by brother Jordan in the starting XI for the first time in a competitive match in a Marc Wilmots line-up that also included reported Blues target Axel Witsel for whom an offer has been made in a bid to see off competition from Napoli.
For Wales, it was an opportunity to make their first semi-final and take the next step along a path that was laid down by Gary Speed before his untimely death and is now being blazed impressively by his successor, Chris Coleman.
Belgium started with pace and energy and after a goalmouth scramble had been defended heroically by Wales, the Dragons succumbed to a rocket by Radja Nainggolan from close to 30 yards out that flew past the fingertips of Wayne Hennessey to give Belgium the lead.
The Welsh hit back, however, when Swansea's Ashley Williams headed home unmarked from a corner.
The Belgians started the second period as purposefully as they had the first but it was Wales who scored next, Hal Robson-Kanu collecting a cross from the right and holding off his marker before effecting a "Cruyff turn" and then a placed shot past Thibault Courtois.
Wilmots threw on imminent Chelsea signing Michy Batshuayi at the expense of Romelu Lukaku but it was a sub by Coleman, Sam Vokes, who glanced home a brilliant header with five minutes left to put Wales on the brink of stunning history.
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1 Posted 01/07/2016 at 20:23:36
2 Posted 01/07/2016 at 21:37:31
If we get any bids after this tournament it will be amazing. It's like the car you have been trying to flog has broken down on its test run.
3 Posted 01/07/2016 at 21:55:10
Congrats to all Welsh Toffees.
4 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:03:24
5 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:05:31
6 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:07:49
Overpaid Champions League players1-3 Wales
Love it - just like the old FA Cup this Euro...
7 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:09:29
8 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:09:44
9 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:10:08
10 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:10:17
11 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:13:15
12 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:13:15
13 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:14:23
14 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:16:14
15 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:20:14
16 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:20:34
TG Jones, Vernon, Southall, Ratcliffe,PVDH, Speed !
Teamwork shines through! Leicester, Iceland now Wales ! Brilliant !
Rom was shown up for what he is I'm afraid ! Robson Kanu a man just released by Reading and still with no club showed him up !
Da Iawn Wales !!!
17 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:20:59
England could learn a lot from the likes of Wales & Iceland.
Wasn't greatly impressed by Witsel not by the Pole we are linked with last night. Guess we have to trust onRK.
18 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:24:23
It's sort of forgotten about or spurned these days.
A gentle reminder that these are qualities need to be embraced and incorporated into whatever we do going forward.
So in what is left, who do we have?
19 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:27:25
20 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:27:54
21 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:30:04
I'm not Welsh but I've got more pleasure from their games in this tournament than I can ever remember from England.
Hate to say this but I'm becoming Welsh.
22 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:33:47
Hate to hear you say 'hate' but please join in the festivities of a Nation.
As we say - Croeso.
Alas we have our detractors!!
23 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:37:10
24 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:37:40
25 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:40:52
26 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:41:29
Footballs really changing, it's becoming a team game again!
27 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:43:55
Fantastic result - and I hope they win the competition.
28 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:47:57
They hate us, as do the Scots, so don't waste your energy on them. Save it for the mighty Blues... an English team... playing in the English Premier League.
29 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:49:29
The commentator said Lukaku, has now got 50 caps for Belgium, so he must now be one of the most experienced players in Everton's current squad?
30 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:50:10
31 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:50:13
32 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:51:30
England FA, Manager, Players should hang their heads in shame but I guess they are all on a beach somewhere with a glamourous wag and an agent trying to get them a better deal !
33 Posted 01/07/2016 at 22:51:55
Both his father and himself are correct â€“ he is far too good for Everton.
34 Posted 01/07/2016 at 23:05:00
Wales are a great team without egos. They know their roles and work for each other. Belgium and their golden generation look like England - a team of overblown egos who believe their own hype. Rom was shocking tonight. I don't think he'll be going anywhere next season. We don't need to sell and no team will pay what we want.
35 Posted 01/07/2016 at 23:05:24
Pfft - they want bleedin' jam on it them Welsh, hope the French they tell them their passports aren't valid.
But seriously folks, a very spirited performance and they absolutely deserved the win.
Again, if everyone knows their job and everyone gives it 100% for the full 90 mins, you never know.
PS: By the way I'm now (half) convinced our big puddiny-lump of a centre-forward was deliberately playing like Norman Wisdom to get his price down.
Watching tonight I thought, imagine if we didn't have him and someone on here said 'what about that big lad who plays upfront for Belgium?'
I then imagined a 297 post thread with 297 variations of 'get fucked!'
36 Posted 01/07/2016 at 23:05:57
never has a truer word been said in jest.
Bling bling never rules but Welsh pride and spirit does.
Well done Wales. There is nobody you should be frightened of meeting now.
Hop the Taffs go all the way.
Thought the two Lukakus looked more like the two Ronnies tonight.
If only they were as good as they think they are.
37 Posted 01/07/2016 at 23:09:17
That is how you win.
38 Posted 01/07/2016 at 23:19:43
That's what Wales displayed tonight and it's what Leicester displayed all season.
We need to get rid of players that will not give absolutely everything to the cause in every match.
39 Posted 01/07/2016 at 23:22:23
Would love to have watched tonight's game with Big Nev.
Will Mr Lukaku Snr now be trying to trace some Welsh blood in their family?
40 Posted 01/07/2016 at 23:22:31
Congratulations to the Welsh nation - party on....
41 Posted 01/07/2016 at 23:22:45
Dare to dream :)
42 Posted 01/07/2016 at 23:23:18
I' m not Welsh but I hope they win the tournament; if Greece and Denmark can win, so can Wales.
43 Posted 01/07/2016 at 23:26:53
44 Posted 01/07/2016 at 00:08:42
45 Posted 02/07/2016 at 00:38:44
Whilst Belgium were poor overall, Rom had two sitters, early from a Bel corner and the second half header. A geniune top level striker would have buried both those chances and changed the momentum of the game
Wales deserved the win and got the rub of the green in most areas of the field
Easily could have had a pen and or Davies sent off, based on the referee's earlier decisions
Wales had discipline of shape and clarity of message, Belgium looked like as they've be mooted, individuals without cohesion
Fair do's their defence was strapped due to injury suspension and the replacements looked very green indeed. Hope the Welsh do it, but if they do the irony that Eng would be the only team to have beat them!
46 Posted 02/07/2016 at 00:46:23
47 Posted 02/07/2016 at 01:04:44
Don't forget that Everton have always had a strong North Wales following, or even 'woolly-backs' like me from Chester - when my Dad (born close to Mold) would always take me to see Wrexham on the Saturdays when Everton were not home. With the likes of Southall and Radcliffe, amongst many others to numerous to mention, I have always felt Wales and Everton are a better fit than the London-centric and media-obsessed England team (not even mentioning our players' lack of involvement this summer)
Let's embrace the passion this coming season at club level that the Dragons are currently doing in France!
48 Posted 02/07/2016 at 01:06:11
'Hogia Ni'...how does this translate? And by the way, you guys are heroes, extremely well done and I hope you had a good night!
49 Posted 02/07/2016 at 03:05:42
The Welsh players also play in the premier league and championship in England. Others like Bale play for top European teams like Real. The play as many games a season as the English lads. If they can run and chase and give their all over 90 mins and more, I don't see why the English team of "superstars" can't. Tireness is just another poor excuse for England's consistent failures.
50 Posted 02/07/2016 at 03:41:32
51 Posted 02/07/2016 at 06:46:21
52 Posted 02/07/2016 at 07:18:01
Wonderful moment of appreciation of the fans by the team at the end and vice versa. I'd love to see some of that at Goodison next season, and less of the bling bling ch' ching . . . . . . .
Well done Wales, and remarkable management from Coleman. Are the FA watching? It is possible to be a manager if you are under fifty . . . . . .
53 Posted 02/07/2016 at 07:33:05
Hats off to the Welsh,100% effort allied to some good players got them the result.
Poor contribution from Lukaku,should have scored definitely one probably two.
54 Posted 02/07/2016 at 07:47:05
This thread is truly amazing, never thought there would be such high praise and support for the 'Hogia" Cymru am Byth - Wales for Ever.
I do believe that everyone can learn something from this performance by the underdogs - belief is one thing but self belief is what it's all about.
55 Posted 02/07/2016 at 07:57:41
I'll bet the likes of Sturridge, Clyne, Henderson, Lallana, Milner and Sterling (see what I did there) were sitting there seething at that brilliant Wales performance. I can see them easily beating Portugal who quite honestly aren't a good side but losing the final to my tips, Germany.
But what an achievement in itself just getting to the semi-final... brilliant!!!
56 Posted 02/07/2016 at 08:13:56
57 Posted 02/07/2016 at 08:23:54
Miserable, yes. Old, Deffo. Bigoted, way off the mark, mate. Jealous,100%.
And completely disappointed with that video of the Wales players celebrating like kids at Christmas when some of their mates got knocked out of the tournament. That's when I thought, "Nah, not rooting for them anymore."
58 Posted 02/07/2016 at 08:31:31
The only downside is Rom's value has collapsed. A week in boot camp in the Valleys might sort him out.
59 Posted 02/07/2016 at 08:35:48
As for Lukaku well I have to say he was just awful and lazy yet again.,no movement as stated also by the commentator. He is only effective by running onto a through ball that he can chase, once the play is static he has no idea how to pull off or move defenders around.
Well done Wales and dream to win it !
60 Posted 02/07/2016 at 08:53:42
Oh, I forgot... we've got a passionate committed international player who just lost a Copa America Final, who doesn't get a full season because he's apparently not good enough.
If there is a god, please make Ronald at least see players for what they are rather than listen to the media.
I just woke up with a bad head and a sore throat after watching my home country destroy the second best team on the planet!!!!!! Does that make us the first best team on the planet!?! lol.
61 Posted 02/07/2016 at 09:03:57
As for Lukaku....
There was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good, she was very, very good.
But, when she was bad, she was horrid!
62 Posted 02/07/2016 at 09:20:12
Oh, and as for practising set pieces ...
Wales need fear nobody. A proper team with no ego and no distractions.
63 Posted 02/07/2016 at 09:31:23
Bale v Ronaldo - bring it on.
64 Posted 02/07/2016 at 09:33:24
65 Posted 02/07/2016 at 09:50:07
Your boys tuke one hjell of a bee-atting!!
66 Posted 02/07/2016 at 10:07:29
67 Posted 02/07/2016 at 10:35:04
As for Rom, I wondered if we would see him pull his socks up playing for his country, especially as he is in the shop window. Alas he has demonstrated the weaknesses in his game, and continued the mistakes that have plagued him of late.
I hope that Wales now go on to batter another big ego in the semi.
68 Posted 02/07/2016 at 10:36:50
I thought the Fellaini miss was key, but Wales more than deserved it. Despite the fast and very impressive Belgian start, you could have made a case for Wales to be up at half-time and they were tremendous for the last 20/25 minutes of it, playing like a seasoned international outfit that had done it all before. They were controlled, organised and had threat.
I would be made up if they got to the final. Going to be tricky as Ramsey has been massive, and it's harsh on Davies as well, but they can do it. Let's be honest, Ronaldo is an absolute tool and his preening, petulant arrogance, compared to the grounded team ethic of Bale, is striking.
69 Posted 02/07/2016 at 10:36:54
70 Posted 02/07/2016 at 11:00:27
71 Posted 02/07/2016 at 11:02:04
Wilmots, Belgium, Lukaku, the lack of 'proper orginisation', the poor defence and marking...Stay on your post man!! - oh no too late, the flattering to deceive; Short version Everton with chocolate, waffles, mayo in chips.
Being your typical British Mongrel...our boyos did good...and yet the only team to beat them were??...but that's Football innit
Portugal have stuttered through each game and are beatable, just. The lack of Ramsey and the fact, that one day Ronaldo has got to hit form is the only worry.
72 Posted 02/07/2016 at 11:14:33
I hope you're right, Jack, and Ramsey gets to play in the final. We all love skill, but to me, the best thing you can witness on a football pitch is good players working their fucking bollocks off for the team.
It's so infectious, and going off thread just a little bit, I see those same qualities in young Tom Davies. Let's hope so!
73 Posted 02/07/2016 at 11:18:57
I watched it in the local and huge cheers went up for each of the Welsh goals. Guess not many Belgian tourists visiting the south coast these days.
Nice to see us linked with a player like Witsel but, after watching last night, I wouldn't mind seeing him partnered in midfield by Ramsey. Nice thought, eh?
74 Posted 02/07/2016 at 11:22:33
All lacking in our much spoken of want-away striker.
Now then..... where are the lads who usually tell us that Rom just needs service, that he's a goal machine thwarted by the dastardly Roberto Martinez who didn't play to his strengths?
As I said in the other thread, unless the Belgian wingers destroyed the Welsh full backs so well that the centre-halves left Rom unmarked, then he wouldn't score... They did get the crosses in but he missed or just ran in a straight line, as per usual, and never got in front of his man.
We are going to be stuck with this lad and some of you "goal stat only' merchants deserve it.
Gutted, it's like having an accumulator bet and not cashing out.
75 Posted 02/07/2016 at 11:40:51
So long as effort and spirit is on show, fans will always support whatever happens. Wales would have been praised even if they had lost because they showed 100% effort throughout the whole tournament. Ironically England were better than Wales when we met and should have easily beaten Iceland if effort and application had been on show.
I honestly wrote earlier that I fancied Wales to beat Belgium. Two of Belgium's best defenders were not playing and their defence looked suspect IMO. They played Hazard really well and virtually nullified the Belgian attack.
Let's hope they can continue to fly the flag and beat Portugal.
76 Posted 02/07/2016 at 11:44:08
77 Posted 02/07/2016 at 11:49:04
(When he scored, the three defenders around him all switched off.)
Plus he didn't hide or wait for others or leave it to others, he grabbed the thing by the neck and by his actions drove the rest of them on.
Cyrum Myr Crrellg Ogcyll rhynn!!
(That's not Welsh by the way just clearing my throat!)
78 Posted 02/07/2016 at 12:19:20
Have you got anything for clearing my head Eugene it's full of silly thoughts of street parades, lifting trophies and one massive hangover that will last another week at least.
79 Posted 02/07/2016 at 12:37:33
Before the Belgium match, I had mistakenly thought that the Welsh only play with an egg-shaped ball, because they're so crap with the round one!
Whereas, in reality they are a nation of sunny, smiling generous football Gods, who do nothing but light up the otherwise boring tournaments in which they play!
Seriously, when Wales were 2-1 up, and 'Land of My Fathers' boomed around the stadium, I literally had a tingle down my spine, and actually shed a tear. That has never happened with England, not even in 1966. Wales did everything right, just as England do everything wrong.
The football was exciting and skilful, the support raucous but well-behaved ... and they are the only fans who actually SING as opposed to chant.
So, Wales; even though you hate us [and you do!] WIN, WIN, WIN!
80 Posted 02/07/2016 at 12:43:57
81 Posted 02/07/2016 at 12:44:46
Thanks dude, last night in the pub when I was singing a few hymns and arias (whatever they are) and trying to pass myself off as having 25% Welsh blood, I was told I was about as convincing as an English knock-out stage performance and a rubbish singer. So it wasn't a surprise when I asked for a discount on Screech Owl for celebratory reasons, it wasn't even considered!
I'm going back tonight with plans to perform a Max Boyce tribute act and see how that goes.
82 Posted 02/07/2016 at 13:30:43
83 Posted 02/07/2016 at 14:17:07
Fuck me, you would run through a brick wall if you were playing after listening to that.
86 Posted 02/07/2016 at 16:47:16
Why shouldn't you do what England simply don't? Continue to play without fear, WITH real passion and win this tournament!
(PS Portugal – luckiest team left in it. Croatia unluckiest to be out. Come on Wales!)
87 Posted 02/07/2016 at 16:54:33
If he propels his country to a Euro title do we mention him in the same breath with Messi and the douche (aka Christy Ronaldo)?
89 Posted 02/07/2016 at 17:00:10
No, we don't even take a breath - it has already been taken away.
90 Posted 02/07/2016 at 17:18:50
Against Wales he had 4 or 5 chances to score but for a man of his size he seems to have little idea how to head a ball nor the desire to put his head in where it hurts. Several occasions he appeared to need only get down, sliding or diving, beyond his marker to score from close range.
If his ambition, other than joining already qualified Champions League teams, can be whetted, 25 goals a season would be peanuts.
All the way, Wales!
91 Posted 02/07/2016 at 17:25:36
92 Posted 02/07/2016 at 17:32:36
Not a dry eye in a Liverpool pub last night brilliant stuff.
Wales join EFC 85 and LCFC 16 in showing what decent players, with proper management, performing as a team, can achieve
99 Posted 02/07/2016 at 23:40:25
100 Posted 03/07/2016 at 07:37:29
ps: Even worse news for England Gerrard has been asked to go on the coaching team!!!!!!
101 Posted 03/07/2016 at 08:07:52
I've said it before, he cannot anticipate a ball in the box, he's slow at tracking back from an offside position. Time and again last season, Deulofeu whipped in some first-time crosses, only for Lukaku not to run into position.
If we can get a decent amount, I would cash in and bring in a top class striker, Mitchi Batshauyi and Gameiro would do for me, although it looks like we have missed the boat with him.
Congratulations to Wales, now beat one of the most ordinary, yet over-rated Portugal teams in the semis.
102 Posted 03/07/2016 at 11:48:19
Some people on here will jump on any bandwagon, shame on you.
103 Posted 03/07/2016 at 12:38:13
104 Posted 03/07/2016 at 12:58:48
Wales showed absolutely no rascism whatsoever, is it wrong to show your pride in this case at being the last home nation left in the competition!? Or to show your support to fellow underdogs??
Would you do the same if Everton won the league?
One simple word.... jealously
I would love EFC under this new regime to show the same passion, pride and team ethic of Wales/Cymru.
105 Posted 03/07/2016 at 18:14:39
Wales' team spirit is really to be admired and hopefully emulated by Everton. Young Stones could take a leaf out of Ashley Williams book on being a defender!
It's nice to read the majority of Toffees getting behind Wales! Diolch yn fawr !
106 Posted 03/07/2016 at 18:27:51
TW's that shouted us down time and time again when we dared question the useless twat ?, gone to denial now his value has plummeted I guess.
107 Posted 03/07/2016 at 18:32:30
108 Posted 04/07/2016 at 05:59:38
109 Posted 04/07/2016 at 06:47:44
That said, so are half the Welsh side. Many will be proud to consider themselves Welsh, others may just be there for the opportunity of international football. The Wales side's performance does highlight that it's a team game.
111 Posted 04/07/2016 at 10:19:41
112 Posted 04/07/2016 at 11:35:42
113 Posted 04/07/2016 at 12:31:20
115 Posted 05/07/2016 at 04:36:52
Coleman probably wouldn't have got sacked for England's performance.
Top be honest, I still don't see English expectations as unrealistic. I just think the performances are shit.
116 Posted 05/07/2016 at 17:32:06
117 Posted 06/07/2016 at 12:17:11
I've just been watching a few of the Welsh fans singing, "There is only one Gary Speed," to his father Roger. So sad, but so beautiful, it did look like it was going to overwhelm him. But, like the team his son helped to create, the man has obviously got a great spirit.
I hope the Welsh can win again tonight, and hope that the loss of two key players can be overcome, so the party can carry on a bit longer for them!
118 Posted 06/07/2016 at 12:33:27
What's the saying do unto others as is done unto you, or something like that. Oh, and while we're at it, give us English a referendum on do we want the Scots especially as a member of the UK.
119 Posted 06/07/2016 at 12:41:10
120 Posted 06/07/2016 at 12:43:25
Spot on in both cases. Seems are nearest neighbours have massive chips on their shoulders when discussing England. I hope Sturgeon gets her way and the European union allow Scotland to join. Then get proper builders in and make Hadrians wall about 100 ft high. Also charge them £100 every time they want to come across the border.
121 Posted 06/07/2016 at 12:52:20
As for the annexation of various parts of the British Isles to satiate this English need to be an independent state, how soon we forget the sacrifices that the Welsh, Scots and others made during the Great War and many other conflicts since. The only flag I'm interested in, is the one that insists on tripping me up on my way home from the pub.
122 Posted 06/07/2016 at 13:20:24
So how do you celebrate 20 years of marriage? We're going to a pub in Amelia Island, FL to watch the Welsh beat up on Christy Ronaldo, whom I hate with a red-hot passion...
Oh and Raymond, as I just came to this thread, to answer the question of why the Irish, Scots, and Welsh seemingly can't support the English? Perhaps centuries of repression they find hard to forget? Know your 'istory...
A history that thankfully harkens to another time that is gone. But as an American, asking why Wales, Scotland, and the Welsh can't support the English is like asking why so many people in the world hate America.
Pretty obvious really.
123 Posted 06/07/2016 at 13:46:58
Nevertheless after many years of reading comments like Dennis Law's who said it was 'the worst day of his life' when England won the World Cup etc, etc it's little wonder an Englishman says 'I hope Wales get stuffed'.
124 Posted 06/07/2016 at 15:00:21
Didn't mean to be condescending. Just pointing out "the other side of the coin" which you clearly know.
125 Posted 06/07/2016 at 17:36:55
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