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Bale scores late to clinch Welsh victory in Cyprus

Published: Thursday 3 September 2015, 23.00CET
Cyprus 0-1 Wales
Gareth Bale again made the difference as Chris Coleman's side took another large stride towards the finals with a narrow win in Nicosia.

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Match statistics

CyprusWales

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)53
 
47
Total attempts10
 
7
on target2
 
5
off target6
 
1
blocked2
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
3
Offsides1
 
4
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
17
Fouls suffered13
 
9

Standings

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Published: Thursday 3 September 2015, 23.00CET

Bale scores late to clinch Welsh victory in Cyprus

Cyprus 0-1 Wales
Gareth Bale again made the difference as Chris Coleman's side took another large stride towards the finals with a narrow win in Nicosia.

  • Wales start well but hosts improve and Group B leaders require late clincher
  • Dave Edwards has first-half effort ruled out for infringement in area
  • Gareth Bale secures points eight minutes from time with another header
  • Wales cement pole position in section, Cyprus stay fourth
  • Next matches: Cyprus v Belgium, Wales v Israel (Sunday)

Wales remain on course for UEFA EURO 2016 qualification – and the country's first finals since the 1958 FIFA World Cup – after Gareth Bale's 82nd-minute header won a tight contest against Cyprus in Nicosia.

Just when it seemed the visitors, who had seen a first-half Dave Edwards goal disallowed, would be restricted to a point, Bale delivered with his sixth strike in seven qualifiers. The eventual victory kept the Welsh top of Group B, still three points above Belgium, conquerors of Bosnia and Herzegovina tonight. The principality outfit will book their ticket to next summer's French finals if they overcome Israel in Cardiff on Sunday.

This Cypriot success also marked a fourth consecutive clean sheet since Chris Coleman's team edged the reverse fixture 2-1, with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey being untested throughout a fierce first half in Nicosia. Wales may have lost on their two previous visits here, yet the initial opportunities were all theirs. Aaron Ramsey fired over the crossbar following a Bale break. Another chance fell to Neil Taylor, who shot against Antonis Giorgallides after the home custodian had kept out a Bale free-kick.

Edwards was then denied a 28th-minute opener when the referee spotted a foul as the midfielder nodded in a Bale centre. Moments later it was Kostas Laifis with a last-ditch intervention to stop the Real Madrid forward. Even so, Charalampos Christodoulou's men had begun to exert a measure of control by half-time, although Wales still carried the greater threat and Giorgallides got a vital touch as Hal Robson-Kanu surged clear in the second half.

Come the hour mark, Cyprus were creating opportunities, if not quite hitting the target. Ramsey did precisely that as the match reached a climax, only to be repelled by Giorgallides after patient Wales interplay. Minutes later, Bale made no mistake with a bullet header from a Jazz Richards cross. The path to France just got that little bit clearer for the Welsh pacesetters.

Last updated: 05/09/15 0.07CET

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Lineups

Cyprus

Cyprus

Wales

Wales

1
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
1
HennesseyWayne Hennessey (GK)
2
Dossa JúniorDossa Júnior
2
GunterChris Gunter
4
DemetriouJason Demetriou
3
N. TaylorNeil Taylor
7
EconomidesGeorgios Economides
4
RichardsJazz Richards
9
MytidisNestor Mytidis
Substitution65
6
A. WilliamsAshley Williams (C)
10
CharalambidesCostas Charalambides (C)
Substitution74
7
EdwardsDavid Edwards
13
MakridisConstantinos Makridis
8
KingAndy King
15
AntoniadesMarios Antoniades
9
Robson-KanuHal Robson-Kanu
Substitution68
19
LaifisKostas Laifis
10
RamseyAaron Ramsey
Substitution90+3
21
MakrisAntreas Makris
Substitution84
11
BaleGareth Bale
Goal82
Substitution90
23
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou
18
DaviesBen Davies

Substitutes

22
PanayiKostas Panayi (GK)
21
WardDanny Ward (GK)
12
NegriAlexandre Negri (GK)
12
O. Fôn WilliamsOwain Fôn Williams (GK)
3
E. CharalambousElias Charalambous
5
FoxMorgan Fox
5
SielisValentinos Sielis
13
MacDonaldShaun MacDonald
Substitution90+3
6
AngeliAngelis Angeli
14
ChurchSimon Church
Substitution90
8
SotiriouPieros Sotiriou
Substitution84
15
VokesSam Vokes
Substitution68
14
EnglezouNikos Englezou
Substitution74
16
LedleyJoe Ledley
16
M. StylianouMarios Stylianou
17
CotterillDavid Cotterill
17
KolokoudiasGeorgios Kolokoudias
Substitution65
19
CollinsJames Collins
18
ArtymatasKostakis Artymatas
20
LawrenceTom Lawrence
20
KastanosGrigoris Kastanos
22
WilliamsJordan Williams
23
HenleyAdam Henley

Coach

Charalampos Christodoulou (CYP) Chris Coleman (WAL)

Referee

Szymon Marciniak (POL)

Assistant referees

Paweł Sokolnicki (POL), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)

Fourth official

Radosław Siejka (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Paweł Raczkowski (POL), Tomasz Musiał (POL)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution