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Cyprus comeback overwhelms Wales

Published: Sunday 14 October 2007, 0.29CET
Cyprus 3-1 Wales Cyprus struck three times in 20 second-half minutes to come from behind and secure a third consecutive Group D win.
Cyprus comeback overwhelms Wales
Yiannis Okkas (left) turned the game for Cyprus ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CyprusWales

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target9
 
4
Corners9
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
19
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 14 October 2007, 0.29CET

Cyprus comeback overwhelms Wales

Cyprus 3-1 Wales Cyprus struck three times in 20 second-half minutes to come from behind and secure a third consecutive Group D win.

Cyprus struck three times in 20 second-half minutes to deservedly defeat Wales and secure a third consecutive UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group D win.

Okkas double
Both these teams were coming off fine results – Cyprus having enjoyed two straight defeats of San Marino and Wales a 5-2 success in Slovakia. The visitors led at the break here through James Collins but Cyprus always had the better of the play and Yiannis Okkas scored twice to turn the game before substitute Konstantinos Charalampidis headed a goal that took his country above their opponents into fifth place.

Wales ahead
The hosts were without injured striker Michalis Konstantinou yet were on top from the start with Okkas dictating proceedings. However, it was the man charged with watching Okkas in the Wales defence who broke the deadlock: Gareth Bales's free-kick from the left found Collins unmarked at the far post and the West Ham United FC player's angled shot nestled inside the opposite side-netting.

Bellamy denied
Despite that setback, Cyprus kept up the pressure and Alexandros Garpozis headed at goalkeeper Danny Coyne, while Collins limped off just before the break. Okkas had a goal ruled out for offside early in the second period and Wales nearly punished Cyprus again on the break but captain Craig Bellamy's shot was kept out by the diving Antonis Georgallides.

Turnaround
Just before the hour, the match changed as Efstathios Aloneftis's free-kick from the right eluded Coyne and was nodded in by Okkas. The No9 put Cyprus ahead nine minutes later when Yiasoumi Yiasoumi's free-kick went loose and Aloneftis touched the ball across for Okkas to smash in from close range. Charalampidis completed the victory after fellow substitute Yiasoumi had headed Garpozis's centre back across goal.

Last updated: 14/10/07 1.27CET

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Lineups

Cyprus

Cyprus

Wales

Wales

22
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
1
CoyneDanny Coyne (GK)
6
OkkaridesStelios Okkarides
2
RickettsSam Ricketts
Substitution73
17
SatsiasMarinos Satsias
Substitution71
5
CollinsJames Collins
Goal21
Substitution44
8
IliaMarios Ilia
Substitution63
4
GabbidonDanny Gabbidon
13
MichailChrysostomos Michail
Substitution46
3
BaleGareth Bale
31
ChristouParaskevas Christou
6
NyatangaLewin Nyatanga
19
GarpozisAlexandros Garpozis
11
LedleyJoe Ledley
20
MakridisConstantinos Makridis
9
RobinsonCarl Robinson
34
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou
10
DaviesSimon Davies
7
AloneftisStathis Aloneftis
Yellow Card90
8
BellamyCraig Bellamy (C)
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas (C)
Goal59
Goal68
7
EastwoodFreddy Eastwood
Yellow Card45
Substitution58

Substitutes

12
MorfisMichalis Morfis (GK)
21
PriceLewis Price (GK)
4
LambrouLambros Lambrou
12
EardleyNeal Eardley
21
TheophilouChristis Theophilou
14
VaughanDavid Vaughan
2
TheodotouGeorgois Theodotou
15
CroftsAndrew Crofts
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
Substitution63
Goal79
16
MorganCraig Morgan
Substitution44
14
MaragkosChristakis Maragkos
Substitution71
Yellow Card76
17
EasterJermaine Easter
Substitution73
Yellow Card77
18
YiasemakisYiasoumi Yiasemakis
Substitution46
18
EarnshawRob Earnshaw
Substitution58

Coach

Angelos Anastasiadis (GRE) John Toshack (WAL)

Referee

Carlo Bertolini (SUI)

Assistant referees

Matthias Arnet (SUI), Beat Hidber (SUI)

Fourth official

Sascha Kever (SUI)

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