European Championship Qualifying - Group B
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Euro 2016 qualifying: Wales 2-0 Andorra

Wales players celebrate
Wales won six of their 10 games to qualify for Euro 2016

Wales finished their historic Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a patchy win against Andorra - but that did not detract from the party atmosphere at a delirious Cardiff City Stadium.

Having already secured their place at a first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup, Chris Coleman's side were dominant but frustrated by diligent Andorran defending in a goalless first half.

The breakthrough finally came five minutes after the interval, as Aaron Ramsey fired in a rebound after Ashley Williams's header was saved.

Gareth Bale struck his seventh goal of the campaign with five minutes left as Wales finished second in Group B following Belgium's win against Israel.

Wales had ended their long and painful absence from major tournaments in strange circumstances on Saturday, losing 2-0 in Bosnia-Herzegovina but qualifying thanks to Israel's 2-1 defeat by Cyprus.

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The Welsh players, coaches and fans in Zenica did not care how they reached Euro 2016, so deprived of success had they been over the past half a century.

But after the initial celebrations had subsided, attention turned to Andorra's visit and the opportunity to toast their achievement with their home crowd at a sold-out Cardiff City Stadium.

Party first, match second

With Welsh band Super Furry Animals playing a three-song set before kick-off and the home fans rattling through their repertoire of chants at full volume, the match almost seemed secondary to the jamboree in the stands.

It is just as well the atmosphere was so charged - because the action on the pitch offered little excitement in the first half.

The Super Furry Animals
Welsh band Super Furry Animals performed before kick-off at the Cardiff City Stadium

There was a lengthy stoppage early on as Andorra's Victor Moreira departed on a stretcher following a clash of heads with James Chester.

Although Wales monopolised possession, they were thwarted by the dogged determination of an Andorran side who had never won a competitive game away from home.

The home fans did not seem overly concerned, however, as they continued to bask in the glory of qualification - and the opening goal arrived five minutes into the second half.

Captain Williams' header was palmed away by Andorra goalkeeper Ferran Pol, but Ramsey was on hand to fire the rebound into the net from a tight angle.

Wales continued to exert total control and doubled their lead late on as Bale collected Ben Davies's low cross and shot into the bottom corner.

No mishaps this time

Even with the slow start, this was a far cry from Wales's opening match of the campaign in Andorra.

In that fraught fixture, Wales fell behind to the minnows' first competitive goal for four years and were in danger of becoming only the second team in history to lose a qualifier against the Catalan principality.

Wales players celebrate after defeating Andorra
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Coleman was booed at half-time but, thanks to Gareth Bale's two goals, Wales escaped with a precious three points which laid the foundation for their campaign.

Although Andorra proved resolute once again, the match in Cardiff was in stark contrast as the home crowd stayed inside the stadium en masse after the final whistle to pay tribute to Coleman and his players.

Wales settle for second spot

Group b

Wales started the final round of games second in Group B and would have finished top if Belgium had slipped up.

They didn't. A team including Manchester City pair Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne ran out 3-1 winners at home to Israel.

Belgium ended the 10-match campaign with 23 points, Wales on 21. Bosnia-Herzegovina advance to the play-offs after winning 3-2 away to Cyprus.

What happens now?

Wales have already started their preparations for Euro 2016, twice visiting France in recent months to look at potential training bases.

Although Coleman's side recently rose to an all-time world ranking high of eighth, the nature of Uefa's coefficient ratings mean they will be among the bottom group of fourth seeds for the tournament, potentially leading to a difficult draw.

This Welsh side will not be fazed by illustrious opponents, though. Coleman and captain Williams have described their team as fearless, ready to embrace the pressures and challenges which come with their newfound success.

Man of the Match - Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey
The driving force of Wales's midfield always looked the likeliest to break down Andorra's defence, and so it proved as he scored the opening goal

What they said

Wales boss Chris Coleman on the crowd: "These supporters have been absolutely incredible. I've never seen anything like it. I played for Wales for some time, managing for some time, but the support we've had this campaign - home and away - has been absolutely fantastic. They've helped us get over the line."

Wales captain Ashley Williams on Chris Coleman: "I can assure you whenever we've gone out on the field he's got us right up for the game. We enjoy the camps, he makes them enjoyable.

"If you ask any of the guys in there we always try and perform for him. We feel disappointed for him when we lose. He deserves all the credit he gets."

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Line-ups

Wales

  • 1Hennessey
  • 2GunterBooked at 57mins
  • 18Chester
  • 6WilliamsBooked at 57mins
  • 5Davies
  • 13WilliamsSubstituted forChurchat 86'minutes
  • 20VaughanBooked at 33mins
  • 10Ramsey
  • 11Bale
  • 15Vokes
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forEdwardsat 23'minutesSubstituted forLawrenceat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 4Richards
  • 7Allen
  • 8King
  • 12Fon Williams
  • 14Church
  • 16Ledley
  • 17Edwards
  • 19Collins
  • 21Ward
  • 22Lawrence
  • 23Henley

Andorra

  • 13PolBooked at 65mins
  • 3San Nicolás
  • 15RodriguesBooked at 78mins
  • 6Lima SolaBooked at 15mins
  • 5Llovera
  • 23Rubio
  • 19LorenzoBooked at 49minsSubstituted forGarcíaat 81'minutes
  • 4SonejeeSubstituted forAyala Diazat 70'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 8VieiraBooked at 57mins
  • 17MoreiraSubstituted forRieraat 12'minutes
  • 10SanchezBooked at 51mins

Substitutes

  • 1Gomes Moreira
  • 9Riera
  • 11Moreno
  • 14Peppe
  • 18Ayala Diaz
  • 20Gomez
  • 21García
Referee:
Kevin Blom

Match Stats

Home TeamWalesAway TeamAndorra
Possession
Home81%
Away19%
Shots
Home32
Away1
Shots on Target
Home11
Away0
Corners
Home13
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Wales 2, Andorra 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wales 2, Andorra 0.

Attempt saved. Sam Vokes (Wales) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Williams with a cross.

Corner, Wales. Conceded by Marcio Vieira.

Foul by Simon Church (Wales).

Marc García (Andorra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Simon Church (Wales).

Marc García (Andorra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Wales 2, Andorra 0. Gareth Bale (Wales) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

Substitution

Substitution, Wales. Simon Church replaces Jonathan Williams.

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Wales) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Davies with a cross.

Booking

Josep Ayala (Andorra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Vaughan (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josep Ayala (Andorra).

Substitution

Substitution, Andorra. Marc García replaces Iván Lorenzo.

Attempt saved. Tom Lawrence (Wales) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Chester.

Attempt saved. Sam Vokes (Wales) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Ashley Williams (Wales) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey with a cross.

Booking

Adrián Rodrigues (Andorra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Davies (Wales) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adrián Rodrigues (Andorra).

Aaron Ramsey (Wales) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josep Ayala (Andorra).

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Wales) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Jonathan Williams (Wales) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ildefonso Lima (Andorra).

Attempt missed. Gabriel Riera (Andorra) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Iván Lorenzo with a headed pass.

Foul by Ben Davies (Wales).

Gabriel Riera (Andorra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Wales) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Gunter with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Andorra. Josep Ayala replaces Oscar Sonejee.

Ashley Williams (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Iván Lorenzo (Andorra).

Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Wales) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Davies.

Booking

Ferran Pol (Andorra) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Wales) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Ashley Williams (Wales).

Adrián Rodrigues (Andorra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wales. Conceded by Ildefonso Lima.

Attempt blocked. David Vaughan (Wales) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 13th October 2015

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Czech Rep107121914522
2Iceland106221761120
3Turkey10532149518
4Netherlands104151714313
5Kazakhstan10127718-115
6Latvia10055619-135

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium107212451923
2Wales10631114721
3Bos-Herze105231712517
4Israel104151614213
5Cyprus104061617-112
6Andorra100010436-320

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain109012332027
2Slovakia10712178922
3Ukraine106131441019
4Belarus10325814-611
5Luxembourg10118627-214
6Macedonia10118618-124

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany107122491522
2Poland1063133102321
3R. of Ireland105321971218
4Scotland1043322121015
5Georgia103071016-69
6Gibraltar100010256-540

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England1010003132830
2Switzerland107032481621
3Slovenia105141811716
4Estonia1031649-510
5Lithuania10316718-1110
6San Marino10019136-351

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northern Ireland10631168821
2Romania10550112920
3Hungary10442119216
4Finland10334910-112
5Faroe Islands10208617-116
6Greece10136714-76

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria109102251728
2Russia106222151620
3Sweden10532159618
4Montenegro103251013-311
5Liechtenstein10127226-245
6Moldova10028416-122

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy10730167924
2Croatia106312051520
3Norway106131310319
4Bulgaria10325912-311
5Azerbaijan10136718-116
6Malta10028316-132

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal8701115621
2Albania8422105514
3Denmark833285312
4Serbia8215813-54
5Armenia8026514-92
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