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Comfortable win lifts Wales

Published: Wednesday 28 March 2007, 22.41CET
Wales 3-0 San Marino Ryan Giggs, Gareth Bale and Jason Koumas were on target as John Toshack's team eased to victory against San Marino in Group D.

Match statistics

WalesSan Marino

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target18
 
0
Attempts off target12
 
1
Corners19
 
1
Fouls committed10
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 28 March 2007, 22.41CET

Comfortable win lifts Wales

Wales 3-0 San Marino Ryan Giggs, Gareth Bale and Jason Koumas were on target as John Toshack's team eased to victory against San Marino in Group D.

After a hitherto disappointing UEFA EURO 2008™ campaign, Wales overcame San Marino 3-0 in Cardiff to secure a morale-boosting second victory in Group D.

Welsh domination
The Welsh dominated throughout but had to settle for first-half goals from Ryan Giggs and Gareth Bale and a Jason Koumas penalty in the second period as they consigned the visitors to yet another defeat.

Perfect start
Wales controlled the opening half, creating plenty of chances against a side who have lost every one of their previous 39 qualifiers in this competition, and they were boosted by the perfect start as they took the lead after just two minutes. Simon Davies's pass found Koumas, who turned the ball into the path of Giggs and, unmarked on the edge of the box, the Manchester United FC winger side-footed the ball expertly past Aldo Simoncini.

Bale chip
The goalkeeper was soon in action again, denying Giggs and Carl Fletcher from long range before Wales got their second in the 20th minute as Bale took advantage of a wealth of time and space to cleverly chip Simoncini from outside the area. Wales did not take their foot off the accelerator and Koumas twice went close, curling a free-kick just wide before clipping the bar with a delicate chip from the edge of the penalty area with Simoncini stranded.

Simoncini heroics
The keeper's busy night continued as he threw himself at Craig Bellamy's feet to deny the Liverpool FC forward before then pushing a low Davies effort past the post. The hosts eventually got the third goal on 63 minutes, however, after Simone Bacciocchi brought down David Cotterrill in the area. Koumas had his spot-kick half-stopped by Simoncini, but the unlucky keeper was helpless as the ball rolled over the line behind him.

Last updated: 29/03/07 1.50CET

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Lineups

Wales

Wales

San Marino

San Marino

1
CoyneDanny Coyne (GK)
1
A. SimonciniAldo Simoncini (GK)
2
RickettsSam Ricketts
2
C. ValentiniCarlo Valentini
Substitution85
5
EvansSteve Evans
Substitution63
3
AndreiniMatteo Andreini
4
CollinsJames Collins
4
Albani N.Nicola Albani
3
BaleGareth Bale
Goal20
5
MuccioliRiccardo Muccioli
Yellow Card17
6
FletcherCarl Fletcher
6
S. BacciocchiSimone Bacciocchi
Yellow Card64
8
KoumasJason Koumas
Yellow Card29
Goal63
7
NegriCristian Negri
Substitution79
10
DaviesSimon Davies
8
DomeniconiMarco Domeniconi
Substitution67
11
GiggsRyan Giggs (C)
Goal3
Substitution73
9
MaraniManuel Marani
7
BellamyCraig Bellamy
10
SelvaAndy Selva (C)
9
EasterJermaine Easter
Substitution46
11
A. GasperoniAlex Gasperoni

Substitutes

12
CollinsDanny Collins
12
F. ValentiniFederico Valentini (GK)
14
NyatangaLewin Nyatanga
Substitution63
13
BoniniGiovanni Bonini
15
DuffyRichard Duffy
14
BugliMatteo Bugli
Substitution67
16
ParryPaul Parry
Substitution73
15
F. NanniFederico Nanni
Substitution79
17
CotterrillDavid Cotterrill
Substitution46
16
ToccaceliAlan Toccaceli
Substitution85
18
LedleyJoe Ledley
17
VannucciDamiano Vannucci
21
WardDarren Ward (GK)
18
F. VitaioliFabio Vitaioli

Coach

John Toshack (WAL) Giampaolo Mazza (SMR)

Referee

Ararat Tshagharyan (ARM)

Assistant referees

Artur Igityan (ARM), Suren Baliyan (ARM)

Fourth official

Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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