BALE HEADER WINS IT FOR UNDEFEATED WALES
International
3 September 2015

BALE HEADER WINS IT FOR UNDEFEATED WALES

An 82nd minute Gareth Bale header wins the game for Wales in Cyprus with qualification for UEFA EURO 2016 well within their grasp.

An 82nd minute Gareth Bale header wins the game for Wales in Cyprus with qualification for UEFA EURO 2016 well within their grasp.

CYPRUS 0-1 WALES
UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifying Group B
Thursday, 3 September 2015
GSP Stadium, Nicosia


Wales are now just one win away from sealing their place at the UEFA EURO 2016 Finals in France after Gareth Bale’s 82nd minute header from an Ashley Richards cross sealed three points at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia.

At times Wales endured a frustrating time but they always had hope and the belief in their ability to unlock the Cyprus defence.

During the first half, David Edwards had his headed goal from a Gareth Bale free kick ruled out for an alleged foul in the Cyprus box, after Hal Robson-Kanu was judged to have pushed his opponent.

Both Aaron Ramsey and Neil Taylor also came close to giving Wales the lead during the first half.

Ramsey’s curling shot from outside the box edged just over Antonis Giogallides’ crossbar and when Neil Taylor was on the end of a rebounded ball following a Gareth Bale free kick, he looked certain to score but the Cypriot goalkeeper somehow blocked the effort.

Wales were also unlucky not to be awarded a penalty kick when a Taylor cross appeared to be handled in the box but the protests were turned down.

Cyprus always looked a threat and their best chance came when Nestor Mytidis broke through and squared a pass to Antreas Makaris. The home fans were waiting for a powerful shot into the back of the net but the Welsh defence stood strong to block and clear the ball from danger.

Wales had another penalty appeal turned down in the second half when Robson-Kanu rounded Giogallides and appeared to be tripped. Again nothing was given and Wales battled on.

Most of Cyprus’ chances came from Wales mistakes and when they gave the ball away in midfield, Georgios Economides came close from distance but shot over Hennessey’s crossbar.

Wales overcame this and begun to look dangerous again in the final 15 minutes and went on the attack with Taylor down the left, who set up Ramsey for a shot that drew a good save from Giogallides.

Moments later Wales were deep inside the Cypriot half of the pitch once again and when Ashley Richards picked out Gareth Bale with a wonderful pinpoint ball into the box, the Welsh talisman powerfully headed home the winning goal.

The result keeps Wales top of the group and will now relish the opportunity to confirm qualification in front of a home crowd at Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday, 6 September.

Following the match, Chris Coleman said: "4,000 supporters probably expected a better performance but it's not always about that, it's about results. The goal came from us being patient."

Acknowledging that Wales now have a fantastic opportunity to qualify, Coleman added: "[Israel] will be a tough game for us. We have to handle the expectation."

"Our best moment is yet to come and hopefully that will be sooner rather than later."

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BALE HEADER WINS IT FOR UNDEFEATED WALES
BALE HEADER WINS IT FOR UNDEFEATED WALES
BALE HEADER WINS IT FOR UNDEFEATED WALES