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Friday, September 4, 2015

Wales Men's National Soccer Team News

September 3, 2015 - Gareth Bale scores in win over Cyprus
"Cyprus 0-1 Wales... 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." - UEFA

June 12, 2015 - Gareth Bale scores in 1-0 win over Belgium
"Gareth Bale strike sends Wales top of the group as Real Madrid star proves he belongs at major tournament. The moment seemed to move in slow motion. As the ball dropped from the air the magnitude of the chance could be processed. All those years of near misses and now this. Fortunately for Wales, Gareth Bale was in complete control. A lesser player might have rushed things, might have frozen under the pressure. Not Bale. Not on his 50th cap. Afforded an inordinate amount of space eight yards from goal by an unfathomable Belgium mistake, he took his time. He chested the ball. He swiveled his body. And he placed his right-foot finish past Thibaut Courtois with such cool measurement it was breathtaking. It was a goal to place his country on the precipice of qualification for a major tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup." - Daily Mail

March 28, 2015 - Gareth Bale scores brace in 3-0 win over Israel
"Gareth Bale made one and scored two to give Wales a victory in Israel that takes them to the top of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group B.... it was 1-0 to the visitors before half-time. A long ball into the box found Bale, who looped up a header that was flicked past Ofir Marciano by Ramsey. The second half started as the first had ended. Bale was now at full flight and Eytan Tibi fouled him on the edge of the box, picking up a booking. The Real Madrid CF forward's free-kick gave Marciano no chance. Not long afterwards Tibi fouled Bale again and was dismissed. The third Wales goal came 13 minutes from time as Ramsey's accurate ball set up Bale for his second. Only a save from a tight angle by Marciano prevented a Bale hat-trick." - UEFA

October 13, 2014 - David Cotterill & Hal Robson-Kanu score in win over Cyprus
Wales maintained their position at the top of Group E after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Cyprus in Cardiff, despite being reduced to 10-men after Andy King saw red. David Cotterill broke the deadlock in the 13th minute for the home side having come on as an early substitute for the injured Simon Church at the Cardiff City Stadium. Hal Robson-Kanu showed great composure in converting the second 10 minutes later, but Vincent Laban halved the deficit from a set-piece nine minutes before the break." - Goal

October 8, 2014 - roster updates
"Midfielder Gwion Edwards has been called up to join the Wales squad for their Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia-Hercegovina and Cyprus. Defenders James Collins and Paul Dummett and midfielder Lee Evans are out of the squad with injury. Boss Chris Coleman already had injury worries, with key midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen. absent.... Under-21 international Edwards, 21, who was a Swansea City trainee, joins Crawley Town team-mate Joe Walsh in the squad which also includes Cardiff City's Declan John." - BBC

September 9, 2014 - Gareth Bale scores brace in win over Andorra
"Gareth Bale saved Wales from severe embarrassment in Andorra as Chris Coleman’s side began their Euro 2016 campaign with a nervous 2-1 victory. Andorra, ranked 199th in the world and without a goal in competitive football for four years, stunned Wales inside five minutes when they were awarded a controversial penalty. Ildefons Lima sent Wayne Hennessey the wrong way from the spot and one of football’s greatest ever upsets looked possible. But Real Madrid star Bale, so often as he has done before, dragged Wales out of trouble and equalised with a fine header from Ben Davies’ 22nd minute cross. Wales were living on their nerves as they chased a winner against opponents whose tackling was often rash in the extreme, but Bale settled those worries when he curled home a magnificent free-kick nine minutes from time." - Irish Examiner

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