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Summary

  1. Wales top of qualifying Group B
  2. Netherlands beaten 2-0 in Iceland
  3. Pelle scores on Italy debut

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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It's certainly been good, Michael. Can we expect any more surprises? Tomorrow (Tuesday), the Republic of Ireland are in Germany while Scotland make the trip to Poland. In Group F, Northern Ireland face a tricky game in Greece.

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Michael Sayles: Has there ever been as many upsets in one week of international football as the last 7 days?

Iceland 2-0 Netherlands

The result of the night came in Iceland... check out those Dutch possession stats:

Iceland 2-0 Netherlands
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Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Here's a story you might not have seen yet...

Former Wales captain Ryan Giggs says Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale can become the country's greatest ever player.

"I think he could be the best,"

Giggs told BBC Radio Wales Sport. "He's playing at a great club and he's doing it week in, week out and he's doing it for Wales as well.

"He can be as good as he wants to be because he's such an amazing talent. He can go all the way."

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Anthony Watson: You can see from Bale's reaction how much this means to him and Wales. Well done.

Manager's view

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Chris Coleman
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Wales manager Chris Coleman, speaking to Sky Sports: "In the last campaign we probably played the better football but we were too soft and if we went behind we wouldn't get back in. It's a different group now, a lot of the lads have matured and the togetherness is incredible.

"If we hadn't had that tonight we wouldn't have won the game. We had the most expensive player in the world tracking back and making tackles, without that we wouldn't have won the game. The crowd were nervous like I was but in the last 10 minutes they were brilliant and they pushed us over the line again, two games in the space of four days is difficult but the crowd helped us tonight.

"I think we were looking to average over one point every game and we're doing OK. If you had said to us we would top the group after three games we would have taken it.

"Our last defeat here was a year ago, we have a lot of work to do but the players need to be given a big pat on the back after how they've performed."

Manager's view

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Wales manager Chris Coleman, speaking to Sky Sports: "When I saw the red card I thought it would kill us, we should have been 3 or 4 up by that point and we got too sloppy when really we should be killing these games off.

"I thought it wouldn't be our night but credit to our players. They were greedy and that's what we needed to get the three points."

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Matt Rhodes: What a win for Iceland. Real chance to qualify for their 1st major tournament. Population of just 300K too.

Ben Johnson: Gylfi Sigurdsson, what a talent.

James Bowers: Some big team struggling so far in this qualifying tournament.

Player's view

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Wales forward George Williams, speaking to Sky Sports: "I couldn't ask for much more, I loved it - we dug in to the end and got the win. When we went down to 10 men we had to change the way we played but we dug in and got the win. The team spirit is amazing at the moment and we're full of confidence."

Player's view

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Gareth Bale
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Wales forward Gareth Bale, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was a great start from us, we came out of the blocks firing just how we wanted to. I think you can see how much the lads wanted it - it's a different feeling in the camp now and the fans were fantastic again throughout. Since the sending off we covered every blade of grass and fought to the end. It's a great place to be at the moment, it's a big game against Belgium but we will go there full of confidence now."

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Iceland celebrate
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There is no doubt what game tonight will grab the most headlines tomorrow - Iceland's famous 2-0 win over the Netherlands thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson's brace.

Iceland and the Czech Republic top Group A with nine points. Netherlands are third on three points.

In Wales' Group B, Bosnia and Belgium drew 1-1, while Omer Damari scored a hat-trick as Israel beat Andorra 4-1.

The most emphatic win tonight was Croatia's 6-0 demolition of Azerbaijan in Group H. Italy debutant Graziano Pelle scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at Malta.

And Norway beat Bulgaria 2-1, with 15-year-old Martin Odegaard making his competitive international debut.

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Wales have made a great start to Group B then, but they play Belgium home and away, in between a trip to Israel, in their next three matches. If they are still top after that run of games, they can start buying a France A to Z.

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Spot on, Daniel (see tweet below). There's a touch of the Beckhams about Bale's all-action displays for his country.

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Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Blues Club Over 31's: Wales, England and Northern Ireland top! Happy days!

Daniel Woodley: Never seen a player have so much passion as @GarethBale11 showed tonight. Wales are so lucky to have him.

BergerBrakes: 'A heroic three points'? Home 2-1 v Cyprus? You sure? :)

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Robbie Savage

BBC Radio 5 live

"Fantastic win, well done Chris Coleman and his team. 7 points from 3 games - great start!"

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Top of the league. Belgium away next. Looking good, Wales fans.

Wales 2-1 Cyprus
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Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Gareth Bale removes his headband and gathers Wales round for a huddle. The boys have done good. Again.

FULL-TIME

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

A single whistle, a deafening roar and a heroic three points. Ten-man Wales have done it.

YELLOW CARD

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Gareth Bale is fouled 25 yards out to the left. Giorgos Merkis is booked.

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Wales corner. Taken short. They win another. Taken short. They win another. Taken short. Goal-kick.

YELLOW CARD

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

David Edwards booked. Free-kick lumped into the box and James Chester heads clear.

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

A long punt forward and Gareth Bale breaks the offside trap but Anastasios Kissas is off his line to clear.

INJURY TIME

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Four minutes to go.

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Into the final minute of the game. Can Wales hold on? It's all a bit nervy in Cardiff.

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Martin Odegaard
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Norway have brought on Martin Odegaard for his competitive international debut. He's 15. The Stromsgodset midfielder made his debut against the UAE during the summer.

He was born in December 1998.

1998! I was throwing paper airplanes around a secondary school classroom then.

PENALTY APPEAL

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Gareth Bale is on the charge into the penalty area. He is brought down by Charalambos Kyriakou, but the foul is a Galactico's toe-nail outside the box and a free-kick, rather than a penalty, is awarded. Kyriakou is booked for his troubles.

Gareth Bale is fouled by Charis Kyriakou of Cyprus
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SUBSTITUTION

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Changes for both teams - Jake Taylor coming on for Wales goal-scorer Hal Robson-Kanu and, for Cyprus, Andreas Papathanasiou replaces Angelis Angeli.

Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates his goal against Cyprus
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CLOSE!

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Cyprus almost find a leveller when an overlap on the right sees a cross come in from the byeline, but an unmarked Georgios Efrem heads over from 12 yards out. Got to hit the target from there.

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Kevin Ratcliffe

Former Wales captain & BBC Wales pundit

"Wales are battling well and if anything they have been a bit more dangerous than Cyprus, despite being down to 10 men.

"Hal Robson-Kanu has given everything today. What an intelligent player. He has had a tremendous game tonight."

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Martin: Listening to Wales game on radio from hotel in Venice - if the boys hold out for the win I'll swim the Grand Canal!

Nine minutes to locate your trunks, Martin.

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Patient build-up play from Cyprus before they inexplicably smash a long ball forward and Wales keeper Wayne Hennessey collects to take the sting out of the attack. Final 10...

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Gary Welsh: Ever since WC 94 and pretending to be Hristo Stoichkov in the yard, I've always looked out for Bulgaria results, odd but true.

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Kevin Ratcliffe

Former Wales captain & BBC Wales pundit

"There is still a long way to go. Cyprus will expect to test Wales in the last five minutes and the crowd will get nervous. Are we good enough?"

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Wales win another free-kick just inside the Cyprus half, but resist the temptation to hit it long and instead keep hold of the ball. Clever tactics.

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Luke Dorrington: Following your updates from a hospital bed on my birthday.

Happy Birthday, Luke... and hope you're feeling better soon.

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Antonio Conte
AP

Leonardo Bonucci has just been sent off for Italy, who lead Malta 1-0 in a 10-a-side game.

Croatia are now 6-0 up on Azerbaijan thanks to an own goal, and Havard Nielsen has put Norway 2-1 up against Bulgaria.

YELLOW CARD

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

Constantinos Makrides becomes the seventh player to be booked in an ill-tempered game, for a foul on Gareth Bale. Wales with a free-kick out wide but it fails to beat the first man.

Wales 2-1 Cyprus

James Chester is an absolute colossus at the back for Wales as he clears everything which comes into the hosts' penalty area. Wales are sitting back - hoping to release Gareth Bale on the counter to finish it.

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Blues Club Over 31's: Second team has got to be San Marino, imagine the feeling of elation when they actually win a game again.

LKP: Croatia my second team, best shirt (home and away), Davor Suker, Prosinecki, and Euro 96 fond memories.

Foxinbox1: Slovakia are my 'second' international team, as my club side, Sutton United, have fan links with FC Petrzalka over there!