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Summary

  1. Lima puts Andorra ahead with early penalty
  2. Gareth Bale heads equaliser and then scores free-kick
  3. Match played on artificial surface at national stadium
  4. Wales in same group as Belgium & Bosnia

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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It wasn't pretty. Actually, it was downright ugly. But Wales' Euro 2016 qualifying campaign is off to a winning start.

With Northern Ireland, England and the Republic of Ireland also winning, and Scotland scaring world champions Germany, it's not been a bad start.

Gareth Bale is on his way back to Spain for Saturday's Madrid derby and we're off home too. Thanks for your company.

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Daniel Smith: It's embarrassing that Wales celebrated like that after beating Andorra. A team ranked 199 in the world.

Arwyn Morgan: How could Uefa have passed that pitch as suitable for international football?

Leuan Hughes: Wales to win the 2018 World Cup. You heard it here first.

Manager reaction

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More from Wales manager Chris Coleman on Sky Sports: "There were half a dozen challenges that weren't very good. The referee should have clamped down but he let it go and we are a bit disappointed with that - we had a bit to contend with tonight."

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Wales forward

Gareth Bale: Pleased we came away with the three points, great effort from the boys, was a tough game in difficult conditions!

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David Lloyd Edwards: Difficult win for Wales against the prickly Andorra. Three points and an important game against Bosnia next month.

Chaim Ford: Wales (Bale) scrape past Andorra; Bosnia lose at home to Cyprus; Looks like Israel won't have much trouble finishing second in the group.

Andy Morgan: Why didn't Roy Hodgson try and sign Gareth Bale in the transfer window?

Manager reaction

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Wales manager Chris Coleman
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Wales manager Chris Coleman on Sky Sports: "We have a lot of fans here in our hotel and before the game they were saying that they wanted at least three goals - but we knew it would not be easy. Andorra's record here in not good but they are a fighting nation and I have seen the Netherlands struggle here.

"I can say it now but when we arrived and saw the state of the pitch my heart sank. It shouldn't be allowed at this level, but we got the three points and everyone else has got to come here and play. It's a great start for us.

"There are only another two players in the world who can do what Gareth Bale can do. He makes all the difference."

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So what next for Wales? It's a home double header against Bosnia-Hercegovina on 10 October quickly followed by Cyprus on 13 October.

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Rian Hoskins: While the pitch was tough to play on, Wales were not impressive and relied upon Gareth Bale's talent. Improvement needed.

Daniel Lewis: Worth noting that Bosnia, Wales' main rivals for second place, have lost at home to Cyprus.

Martin: Andorra prime minister. Andorra local writer. Are you listening? Your team took one heck of a beating!

Player reaction

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Wales two-goal forward Gareth Bale tells Sky Sports: "I can't describe how bad, bobbly and hard the pitch was to deal with. We said at the start that the most important thing was to get three points. Other teams are going to find it difficult coming here so for us to get three points is important. We want to qualify and you have to come to places like this and get victories."

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Gareth Bale
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Sheelagh: Gareth Bale is to Wales what Lionel Messi is to Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo to Portugal. Leader, talisman, world-class, hero.

Andrew, Swansea: Can say it now without it looking like sour grapes, but to ask international footballers to play on a pitch like that is an absolute disgrace. Well done Wales for overcoming it all tonight.

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Kevin Ratcliffe

Former Wales captain & BBC Wales pundit

"I can't believe that tonight. A lot of questions are going to be asked. At 1-1 we were all over the place and vulnerable and we looked as though we might lose this game.

"We actually looked better when George Williams came on, there seemed to be a little bit more about us as a system and shape."

Around the grounds

Good news - potentially - for Wales elsewhere tonight as Bosnia have been beaten by Cyprus, Dimitris Christofi bagging a brace.

Belgium are favourites in Group B but Wales will now fancy a stab at second place.

Everton Ladies 0-0 Birmingham Ladies

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BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan at Select Stadium, Widnes: "A missed opportunity for Birmingham, who had the vast majority of chances and paid for Emily Westwood's poor control at the end with the goal gaping. That means the Women's Super League title is out of their hands now with Chelsea two points ahead with three games left. Everton will be grateful for a draw as they reduce the gap to second from bottom Notts County to four points. They face each other on 28 September, which could decide who is the first team to be relegated from the top tier."

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Former England captain Gary Lineker

BBC Sport

"Wales have come from behind to lead with two goals from Gareth Bale. A fine comeback against the mighty Andorra."

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Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

BBC Sport

"The simple fact is that with Gareth Bale we have a chance of qualifying for Euro 2016. Without Bale we have no chance."

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Kevin Ratcliffe

Former Wales captain & BBC Wales pundit

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"It wasn't the best of performances but we've played a lot better away from home and lost. I don't think we'll play as poorly as this at home or away and win. There's a massive relief for Chris Coleman."

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Smiles all round as Wales players head over to salute their travelling support. Gareth Bale looks as happy as he was after helping Real Madrid win the Champions League in May.

FULL-TIME

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And there it is. It wasn't pretty but Wales have the points.

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That noise you just heard? It was Arsene Wenger throwing his slippers at the television. Aaron Ramsey looks in pain as he is forced to limp off.

Moments later Gareth Bale is sent sprawling following another crunching challenge. Wales just want to hear the full-time whistle.

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Cries of 'ole, ole' as Wales attempt to see this match out. A long period of possession as Aaron Ramsey is bundled to the ground.

Elsewhere in Europe

It's looking like a good night for Italy, as a goal from Leonardo Boncci has put them 2-0 up in Norway, while the Netherlands and the Czech Republic are still locked at 1-1.

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Six minutes added time.

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Gareth Bale has been head and shoulders the best player on the pitch. The Real Madrid man has treated this game as seriously as he will be treating Saturday's derby against Atletico Madrid.

Bale has well and truly bailed Wales out in Andorra.

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Paul, Southampton: When did going 2-1 up against Andorra in a European Qualifier warrant a pitch invasion?

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'There's only one Gareth Bale' roar Wales fans. There's a burst of 'Land of my Fathers' too.

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They might be leading but this has been far from straight forward for Wales. Lots of work to be done by Chris Coleman before the next qualifier against Bosnia-Hercegovina on 10 October.

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Kevin Ratcliffe

Former Wales captain & BBC Wales pundit

"Fantastic goal once again from Gareth Bale. But unfortunately we've had to have Gareth Bale save us once again. This is Chris Coleman's lucky night."

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Jessica Notzing: Bailed out by Bale ... haven't we said that before??

Daniel Woodley: What a super free-kick from Gareth Bale! Absolutely world class goal. And now he is telling the fans to behave themselves

Daniel Lewis: Gareth Bale getting us through each game is the only way Wales will qualify.

GOAL

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Where would Wales be without Gareth Bale?

The Real Madrid man comes to his country's rescue once again with a well executed dipping 25-yard free-kick that sends Wales' travelling fans in raptures.

Fans spill on to the pitch and Bale cuts short his celebrations and urges them to calm down.

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Will the real Aaron Ramsey please stand up? Wales win a free-kick outside the Andorra penalty area but the Arsenal man's set-piece sails out for a goal kick. Very poor. Another Wales change. On comes Fulham's teenage forward George Williams for Andy King.

STAT ATTACK

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A reminder of Andorra's pedigree:

Andorra had not scored in 18 competitive games before tonight.

They have lost their last 44 competitive games since a 0-0 draw against Finland on 3 September 2005.

Andorra have not won in 51 competitive fixtures since a 1-0 success against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in World Cup qualifying on 13 October 2004.

Andorra have yet to avoid defeat in 40 European Championship qualifiers.

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When it comes to capital cities Andorra la Vella is one of the quietest - even in rush hour. But they'll be dancing on the streets of Andorra's capital if they hold out.

Wales have stepped up the tempo in the last few minutes but have they left it too late? The hosts are trying to run down the clock at every opportunity.

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Twenty minutes of normal time remaining. Twenty minutes for Andorra to hold out and end a run of 44 straight competitive defeats. Twenty minutes for Wales to save their blushes.

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Wilson D: Wales look like a pub team who won a competition to have Gareth Bale in their team

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Gareth Bale lines up a shot before letting fly with a powerful drive. It slams into Garcia Miramontes. The expression etched across the Andorra player's face says it all.

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Jon, Manchester: In all seriousness, if the FAW need any help, there is probably only one Pulis in the Welsh phone book.

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Wales now have 10 top-flight players on the pitch. And still they struggle to breakdown their part-time hosts.

Elsewhere in Europe

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With an hour gone in the 19:45 BST kick-offs around the continent, the action is hotting up.

Stefan de Vrij has pulled World Cup semi-finalists Netherlands level at 1-1 against the Czech Republic in Prague.

A Luka Modric daisy-cutter has given Croatia the breakthrough at home to Malta.

In the same group as Wales and Andorra, Bosnia-Hercegovina have been pegged back to 1-1 at home to Cyprus. Dimitris Christofi scored the visitors' goal.

SUBSTITUTION

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And here comes Wales' first change moments after Cristian Martinez flashes a chance narrowly wide for the hosts.

On comes Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley for Simon Church. Wales need to step up.

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Kevin Ratcliffe

Former Wales captain & BBC Wales pundit

"Simon Church has led with his arm and these days if you lead with your arm it's a red card. He's a lucky man."