Qualifying round (Group ) - 13/10/2007 - 18:15CET (19:15 local time) - GSP Stadium - Nicosia
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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

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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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