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Slick Wales sweep Luxembourg aside

Published: Tuesday 31 March 2009, 22.15CET
Wales 5-1 Luxembourg
Brian Flynn's team kick-started their qualifying campaign as an emphatic first-half performance set up an easy win at the Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli.
by Trevor Haylett
Slick Wales sweep Luxembourg aside
Simon Church was one of five Wales scorers ©Getty Images

Match statistics

WalesLuxembourg

Goals scored5
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 21/03/2013 05:38 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Published: Tuesday 31 March 2009, 22.15CET

Slick Wales sweep Luxembourg aside

Wales 5-1 Luxembourg
Brian Flynn's team kick-started their qualifying campaign as an emphatic first-half performance set up an easy win at the Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli.

Wales kick-started their 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign as an emphatic first-half performance set up a comfortable win against Luxembourg at the Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli.

Recovery
Brian Flynn's team drew 0-0 away to Luxembourg on Friday in Group 3's opening fixture, but made easy work of it on home turf going in for half-time 4-0 up and were in cruise control for most of the evening.

Bright start
Neil Eardley settled early nerves when he scored his first goal at this level when he slammed Wales ahead from the penalty spot in the tenth minute after Joe Allen had been fouled. The Oldham Athletic AFC defender set up Jonathan Brown for the second soon after and Luxembourg were left badly exposed as Andy King headed the third. Brown was to the fore again before half-time as he provided the cross which enabled Simon Church to score his eighth goal in 12 appearances.

Positive omens
The visitors improved after the break, with substitute Ben Polidori reducing the arrears, but Wales were far from finished and James Wilson completed the scoring eleven minutes from time. "We played better in Luxembourg last week and couldn't score – this time the shots went in and it was a good all-round performance," said Flynn. "We have given seven players their debuts at this level in the two matches, and they have all gained a lot of experience. We have another good bunch of lads coming through."

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.20CET

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Lineups

Wales

Wales

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

1
MaxwellChris Maxwell (GK)
1
CastellaniFabiano Castellani (GK)
2
EardleyNeal Eardley
Goal11
2
MartinoMassimo Martino
3
N. TaylorNeil Taylor
3
MalgetKevin Malget
4
BradleyMark Bradley
4
SiebenalerTom Siebenaler
5
MorrisAaron Morris
5
GeisbuschGérard Geisbusch
Substitution37
6
WilliamsRhys Williams
Substitution56
6
May Andy May (C)
Yellow Card24
7
AllenJoe Allen
Substitution62
7
MoreiraClayton Moreira
8
KingAndy King
Goal34
Substitution46
8
HilbertPit Hilbert
Yellow Card61
9
ChurchSimon Church (C)
Goal41
9
BastosCédric Bastos
10
BrownJonathan Brown
Goal12
10
ScholerChristophe Scholer
Substitution46
11
MacDonaldShaun MacDonald
11
D. KitengeDimitri Kitenge
Substitution62

Substitutes

12
NorthJonathan North (GK)
12
ArnoldJan Arnold (GK)
13
JamesLloyd James
13
WampachJeff Wampach
14
WilsonJames Wilson
Substitution56
Goal79
14
BernardBilly Bernard
15
BaseyGrant Basey
15
LeiteKevin Leite
16
PartingtonJoseph Partington
Substitution46
Yellow Card62
16
CroughsGeoffrey Croughs
Substitution37
Yellow Card43
17
CraigNathan Craig
Substitution62
17
PolidoriBen Polidori
Substitution46
Goal57
18
J. TaylorJake Taylor
18
AlbaneseMirko Albanese
Substitution62

Coach

Brian Flynn (WAL) Luc Holtz (LUX)

Referee

Marco Borg (MLT)

Assistant referees

Charles Micallef (MLT), Mariano Debono (MLT)

Fourth official

Silvio Tanti (MLT)

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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