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Ten-man Wales hold on to see off Cyprus

Published: Monday 13 October 2014, 22.43CET
Wales 2-1 Cyprus
The hosts remain top of Group B after surviving 43 minutes with ten men to hold onto the three points against Charalampos Christodoulou's side.

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Match statistics

WalesCyprus

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)43
 
57
Total attempts16
 
9
on target7
 
2
off target4
 
5
blocked5
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
1
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards4
 
5
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
8

Standings

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Published: Monday 13 October 2014, 22.43CET

Ten-man Wales hold on to see off Cyprus

Wales 2-1 Cyprus
The hosts remain top of Group B after surviving 43 minutes with ten men to hold onto the three points against Charalampos Christodoulou's side.

Undefeated Wales top Group B after win in Cardiff 
Hosts play 43 minutes with ten men after Andy King red card
David Cotterrill and Hal Robson-Kanu put Welsh two up
Vincent Laban pulls one back for Cyprus before interval
Next games: Belgium v Wales, Cyprus v Andorra (16 November)

Wales survived 43 minutes with ten men to beat Cyprus in Cardiff and stay top of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group B.

Undefeated from their two opening games, Chris Coleman's side began full of confidence and talisman Gareth Bale was the first to see a sight of goal, driving in a free-kick which Tasos Kissas could only gather at the second attempt.

It was a less heralded name who broke the deadlock as David Cotterrill – seven minutes after replacing early injury victim Simon Church – saw his inswinging cross from the left evade goalkeeper, defenders and forwards alike to nestle in the far corner. The lead was doubled on 23 minutes, Bale's delicate back-heel diverting a through ball gloriously into the path of Hal Robson-Kanu who confidently strode free and slipped in a second with minimum fuss.

Cyprus fought back and Vincent Laban matched Cotterill's effort. The No14 floated a free-kick in from wide on the left and the only contact before the net bulged was a glancing touch off Wayne Hennessey's glove. A frantic first half concluded in appropriate style as Bale's free-kick smashed the crossbar and Joe Ledley's follow-up header was cleared off the line.

Home hopes of maintaining their advantage took a huge blow in the 47th minute as Andy King saw red after fouling Constantinos Makridis. That was the cue for Charalampos Christodoulou's men to throw everything at the Welsh. Dimitris Christofi fired an effort just off target before seeing another shot flick a defender and slip wide. George Efrem then escaped his marker at a corner but the header failed to hit the net. Wales resorted to the counter and with the pace of Bale were always a threat. The No11 got around the back of the Cyprus defence on the right but his attempt from the tightest of angles rolled along the goal line and to safety.

As the clock ticked down Efrem nodded over from five metres when completely free in the box, but Wales held on to take all three points.

Last updated: 03/06/15 2.55CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013879/postmatch/report/index.html#wales+cyprus

Lineups

Wales

Wales

Cyprus

Cyprus

1
HennesseyWayne Hennessey (GK)
12
KissasTasos Kissas (GK)
2
GunterChris Gunter
2
Dossa JúniorDossa Júnior
Substitution29
3
N. TaylorNeil Taylor
4
MerkisGiorgos Merkis
Yellow Card90+4
4
ChesterJames Chester
8
KyriakouCharis Kyriakou
Yellow Card85
6
A. WilliamsAshley Williams (C)
9
ChristofiDimitris Christofi
8
KingAndy King
Red Card47
13
MakridisConstantinos Makridis (C)
9
ChurchSimon Church
Substitution6
14
LabanVincent Laban
Goal36
10
Robson-KanuHal Robson-Kanu
Goal23
Substitution84
15
AntoniadesMarios Antoniades
11
BaleGareth Bale
Yellow Card48
17
EfremGeorge Efrem
16
LedleyJoe Ledley
Yellow Card5
20
SotiriouPieros Sotiriou
Yellow Card64
23
G. WilliamsGeorge Williams
Substitution58
23
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou
Yellow Card5
Substitution68

Substitutes

12
O. Fôn WilliamsOwain Fôn Williams (GK)
1
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
21
LetherenKyle Letheren (GK)
22
LoizouGiorgos Loizou (GK)
5
DaviesBen Davies
3
ArestiGeorgios Aresti
7
EdwardsDavid Edwards
Substitution58
Yellow Card90+1
5
SielisValentinos Sielis
13
CotterillDavid Cotterill
Substitution6
Goal13
Yellow Card34
6
AngeliAngelis Angeli
Substitution29
Yellow Card39
Substitution85
14
GabbidonDanny Gabbidon
7
PapathanasiouAndreas Papathanasiou
Substitution85
15
J. WilliamsJonathan Williams
10
CharalambidesCostas Charalambides
17
LawrenceTom Lawrence
11
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Substitution68
18
RickettsSam Ricketts
16
KolokoudiasGeorgios Kolokoudias
19
EdwardsGwion Edwards
18
ArtymatasKostakis Artymatas
20
J. TaylorJake Taylor
Substitution84
19
M. StylianouMarios Stylianou
22
JohnDeclan John
21
MakrisAntreas Makris

Coach

Chris Coleman (WAL) Charalampos Christodoulou (CYP)

Referee

Manuel Gräfe (GER)

Assistant referees

Guido Kleve (GER), Holger Henschel (GER)

Fourth official

Thorsten Schiffner (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Christian Dingert (GER), Tobias Stieler (GER)

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