Deadly De Bruyne propels Belgium to a victory over Wales at home.

At the King Baudouin Stadium on Thursday, Kevin De Bruyne scored one goal and assisted on another as Belgium defeated Wales 2-1 thanks to a solid first half performance.

After goals by De Bruyne and Michy Batshuayi and a number of other missed opportunities by their hosts, Wales was fortunate not to be more than 2-0 down at the half. However, Wales halved the deficit early in the second session when Kieffer Moore headed in from close range.

Second-placed Belgium, which has 10 points after 5 games, travels to Amsterdam on Sunday. To surpass the Netherlands, who are currently in first place in the group with 13 points, and advance to the Nations League playoffs the following year, they need to defeat them by three goals.

Playmaker Eden Hazard received 65 minutes from the home team as he tries to demonstrate his fitness and form ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, which begins in November.

Gareth Bale came off the bench for Wales in the closing 30 minutes, giving manager Rob Page hope for their Sunday home match against Poland as they try to stay in the pool. With one point, they are currently at the bottom.

De Bruyne told S4C, "I think we totally deserved to win. We dominated the first half and created a lot of chances. "There were more alternatives in the first half since Wales was playing man to man.

We had to hold the ball because Wales was playing so deep and wait for the proper opportunities because we had a horrible start to the second half.

With seamless interplay centered on De Bruyne's erratic skill, Belgium played exceptionally well in the first quarter.

After being shut out by France in the 2018 World Cup quarterfinal in St. Petersburg, Belgium's remarkable record of scoring extended to 49 games when he scored after 10 minutes.

De Bruyne was set up by Batshuayi on the edge of the box, and his side-footed effort beat Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

De Bruyne then took a shot from a similar angle that hit the post before switching roles and setting up Batshuayi's tap-in with a whipping cross.

To their credit, Wales emerged in the second half as a more organized team and capitalized on the opportunity when Belgium let up.

Five minutes after the break, they got one back when Moore headed the ball past Thibaut Courtois off a cross from the active Brennan Johnson on the right side.

Later, the hosts were given a penalty for a challenge by Joe Morrell on Kevin De Bruyne, but the judgment was reversed after a VAR review revealed the defender had a noticeable touch on the ball.

Despite Roberto Martinez's red card for retaining the ball on the touchline for an extended period of extra time, Belgium managed to hold on for the victory.

"The game was always going to be challenging. They were excellent tonight, according to Moore on BBC Radio Wales. "We are not overly disappointed; we will learn from it and try again on Sunday.

"Poland is the only thing on our minds, therefore a win keeps us in the group. I believe we are in a strong position right now. This is our final home game before the World Cup, so if we can finish strong, all the better.