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Wales win with style in Slovakia

Published: Wednesday 12 September 2007, 23.36CET
Slovakia 2-5 Wales The Welsh made amends for last year's 5-1 home defeat by Slovakia by claiming a similarly comprehensive victory in Trnava.
Wales win with style in Slovakia
Wales captain Craig Bellamy (left) is challenged by Slovakia defender Ján Ďurica ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SlovakiaWales

Goals scored2
 
5
Attempts on target10
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners11
 
1
Fouls committed16
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 12 September 2007, 23.36CET

Wales win with style in Slovakia

Slovakia 2-5 Wales The Welsh made amends for last year's 5-1 home defeat by Slovakia by claiming a similarly comprehensive victory in Trnava.

Wales made amends for their 5-1 home defeat by Slovakia early in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying with a comfortable victory in Trnava tonight.

Comeback
Although Marek Mintál gave Slovakia a 12th-minute lead, Freddy Eastwood soon equalised and Wales captain Craig Bellamy struck twice to put his team 3-1 up at the break. Mintál pulled one back but a late Ján Ďurica own goal and Simon Davies' strike settled matters. Wales join fourth-placed Slovakia on ten points in Group D, today's visitors being behind on head-to-head record but having a game in hand.

Quick response
If it was a quiet opening, Slovakia scored with virtually the first chance when Mintál pounced after a defensive slip. Mintál then forced a superb save from Wayne Hennessey, who also denied Marek Čech, yet only ten minutes after the goal the game changed. Bellamy began the move as he set Joe Ledley away down the left, and his cross was ideal for Eastwood to turn in.

Bellamy goals
On 34 minutes Bellamy was sent clear by Ledley and he coolly chipped Štefan Senecký to put Wales ahead. Bellamy, who had missed Saturday's home defeat by group leaders Germany to be with his newborn baby, found the target again just before the break. Ledley reprised his role as creator with a clever ball that his captain finished from a tight angle.

Win sealed
Arrears were reduced in the 57th minute when Čech cut back the ball for Mintál, who took his opportunity well. However, the away fans, in good voice, had more to sing about when Bellamy's ball across the face of goal was deflected in by the luckless Ďurica. Davies' strong shot made it 5-2 late on. On 13 October Slovakia welcome San Marino while Wales are in Cyprus.

Last updated: 13/09/07 1.31CET

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Lineups

Slovakia

Slovakia

Wales

Wales

1
SeneckýŠtefan Senecký (GK)
1
HennesseyWayne Hennessey (GK)
2
GreškoVratislav Greško
Substitution64
2
RickettsSam Ricketts
10
KlimplMaroš Klimpl
4
GabbidonDanny Gabbidon
5
ĎuricaJán Ďurica
Goal78
6
MorganCraig Morgan
4
ČechMarek Čech
5
CollinsJames Collins
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
3
BaleGareth Bale
14
P. PetrášPeter Petráš
10
DaviesSimon Davies
Goal90
8
SaparaMarek Sapara
9
RobinsonCarl Robinson
9
MintálMarek Mintál (C)
Goal12
Goal57
7
LedleyJoe Ledley
Substitution85
16
ŠestákStanislav Šesták
Substitution46
8
BellamyCraig Bellamy (C)
Yellow Card24
Goal34
Goal41
13
HološkoFilip Hološko
11
EastwoodFreddy Eastwood
Goal22
Substitution73

Substitutes

12
KuciakDušan Kuciak (GK)
21
CoyneDanny Coyne (GK)
3
BrezinskýMiloš Brezinský
12
FletcherCarl Fletcher
Substitution73
6
ŠtrbaZdeno Štrba
14
VaughanDavid Vaughan
Substitution85
11
ObžeraBranislav Obžera
Substitution46
Yellow Card89
15
CroftsAndrew Crofts
7
Ottó SzabóOttó Szabó
16
EvansSteve Evans
18
ŠeboFilip Šebo
17
EdwardsDavid Edwards
15
ŽofčákIgor Žofčák
Substitution64
18
EarnshawRob Earnshaw

Coach

Ján Kocian (SVK) John Toshack (WAL)

Referee

Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Vincent Texier (FRA), Christian Thoison (FRA)

Fourth official

Hervé Piccirillo (FRA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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