Cyprus 0-1 Wales: Player ratings from the visitors

Gareth Bale
Bale headed home for the win win but how well did the Wales players perform out of 10?

Gareth Bale scored a late winner as Wales moved to within three points of qualifying for Euro 2016 with victory in Cyprus.

The visitors had found themselves frustrated for large periods but Gareth Bale headed home from Jazz Richards's cross to secure the win.

How well did the Wales players perform out of 10 at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia?

WAYNE HENNESSEY: 7

Wayne Hennessey
Wayne Hennessey has kept a clean sheet in each of his last four international appearances

The out-of-favour Crystal Palace goalkeeper dealt with crosses well and was generally solid, but did not have to produce any outstanding saves.

JAZZ RICHARDS: 7

Ashley richards
Jazz Richards assisted Gareth Bale's winner with a cross from the right flank

Kept his place after impressing in June's win against Belgium and the right wing-back caught the eye again with an excellent cross for Bale's winner.

CHRIS GUNTER: 7

Chris Gunter
Chris Gunter has not missed a minute in Euro 2016 qualification so far

Had little to do defensively but tracked opposition runners diligently and remained calm on the ball.

ASHLEY WILLIAMS: 8 (MAN OF THE MATCH)

Ashley Williams
Ashley Williams won all three aerial duels he contested in Nicosia

An imposing presence and calming influence at the heart of Wales' defence, extinguishing the fleeting moments of danger with some assertive challenges.

BEN DAVIES: 6

Ben Davies
Ben Davies made five tackles; two more than any other Wales player

Despite a couple of nervous moments as he tracked back, the Tottenham defender was neat in possession on his return from injury.

NEIL TAYLOR: 7

Neil Taylor
Neil Taylor won possession of the ball eight times; no Welsh player won it more often

Offered Wales width with overlapping runs on the left wing and accomplished his defensive tasks efficiently.

ANDY KING: 6

Asked to play a holding role in Joe Allen's absence, the Leicester midfielder offered defensive cover but was occasionally a little sloppy in possession.

DAVID EDWARDS: 6

Dave Edwards
Dave Edwards made more interceptions than any other Welshman (4)

Brought in as a late replacement for Joe Ledley, the Wolves midfielder was also careless with the ball at times but stuck to his defensive duties well.

AARON RAMSEY: 6

Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey made more passes than any other Wales player (69)

Impressed in the first half having been given licence to roam in front of King and Edwards but his influence waned in a disappointing second period.

GARETH BALE: 7

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale has scored or assisted eight of Wales' nine goals in Euro 2016 qualifying

Below par for 82 minutes, Wales' talisman came alive in the nick of time to provide the game's defining moment.

HAL ROBSON-KANU: 6

Hal Robson-Kanu
Hal Robson-Kanu had the best pass accuracy of any Welsh player (90%)

Worked tirelessly with very limited service but could have done better with his passing on the rare occasions he found himself in space in Cyprus's half.

SUBSTITUTES: N/A

Robson-Kanu was replaced by Sam Vokes and Simon Church replaced Bale with 90 minutes on the clock, while Shaun MacDonald came on for Ramsey deep into stoppage time as Chris Coleman looked to see the game out.

None of the three had enough time to make an impression on the match.

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