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Marc Higginson

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  1. Post update

    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.

  2. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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

  3. Post update

    Iceland 2-0 Netherlands

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

    Iceland 2-0 Netherlands
  4. Post update

    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."

  5. Text us on 81111

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

  6. Manager's view

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Chris Coleman

    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."

  7. 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."

  8. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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.

  9. 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."

  10. Player's view

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Gareth Bale

    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."

  11. Elsewhere in Europe

    Iceland celebrate

    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.

  12. Post update

    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.

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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? :)

  15. Post update

    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!"

  16. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

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

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus
  17. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

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


    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

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


    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

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

  20. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

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


    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

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

  22. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

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


    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Four minutes to go.

  24. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

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

  25. Elsewhere in Europe

    Martin Odegaard

    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.


    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

    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
  28. 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.

  29. Post update

    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."

  30. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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.

  31. Post update

    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...

  32. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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.

  33. Post update

    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?"

  34. Post update

    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.

  35. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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

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

  36. Elsewhere in Europe

    Antonio Conte

    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.


    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.

  38. Post update

    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.

  39. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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!

  40. CLOSE!

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Gareth Bale to seal it... no!

    The Welsh wonder gets in behind Giorgos Merkis and despite rolling his effort through the legs of the goalkeeper, the angle is too tight and the ball runs across goal to safety.

    Gareth Bale is challenged by Girgos Merkis

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    A cross comes in from the Cyprus right which Wayne Hennessey easily collects. Cyprus then make a change - midfielder Nektarios Alexandrou replacing Marios Nicolaou. Like for like.

  42. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Kevin Ratcliffe

    Former Wales captain & BBC Wales pundit

    "The referee has been massively inconsistent tonight. The Cypriot player (Pieros Sotiriou) raised his hands and only got booked."

  43. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jamie Parker: My second international team is Oman, since I was born there! Always cheer for them despite them losing usually.

    Tom Faulkner: Luxembourg are my second team. I refuse to believe they're a minnow.

    Robert Carwyn Taylor: Mine's always been the Czech's - Nedved, Poborsky, Koller and Rosicky in their prime were majestic. Should have won Euro 2004!

  44. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Any Wales supporters following the game on holiday in Cyprus? What's it like for you?

  45. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Wales Sport at Cardiff City Stadium

    Andy King tackle

    "Wales should have been coasting by now. Instead, they are hanging on against Cyprus at a very nervous Cardiff City Stadium.

    "The apprehension is a result of a red card to Wales midfielder Andy King after just two minutes of the second half, following an ankle-high tackle on Cyprus captain Constantinos Makridis.

    "This will be a severe test of Wales' resolve - physically and mentally - as they look to cling on to their lead."

  46. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    The home support is transmitting nervous energy from the stands - applauding every little thing Wales do as they try to help their boys over the line. This could be a long 30 minutes.

  47. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    George Williams, who has given Wales a bright and pacy outlet in the final third, is sacrificed by Chris Coleman who sends on David Edwards in the youngster's place.

  48. Elsewhere in Europe

    Luka Modric has made it Croatia 5-0 Azerbaijan.

    Turkey celebrate

    Bilal Kisa gave Turkey the lead early in the second half but Valerijs Sabala levelled with a penalty for Latvia - that's 1-1.

    Netherlands still trail 2-0 in Iceland - half an hour left there.

  49. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Edward Herbert: Should it have been a red for King? I'm undecided...

  50. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Georgios Efrem, one of the many Apoel players in the Cyprus team, takes aim and his shot is deflected but loops up for a simple save for Wayne Hennessey. Sixty seconds later, Demetris Christofi fashions room for a shot which is deflected wide.

  51. Elsewhere in Group B

    Radja Nainggolan header

    Radja Nainggolan has just levelled for Belgium against Bosnia-Hercegovina. Israel are still 2-1 up in Andorra.

  52. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Angelis Angeli, who is already on a booking, brings down Gareth Bale on the halfway line but the referee waves play on. Cyprus then flash a shot wide. They are trying desperately to build up a head of steam.

  53. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Craig Brooks: Malta are my 2nd national team, been obsessed since a holiday there in 2011. Even have the home shirt.

    Ian Marks: Latvia, Marian Pahars was a brilliant little striker.

    Doug Robinson: Iceland have been my second team ever since I won £80 betting on the 4-4 draw with Switzerland in the World Cup qualifiers!

  54. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Cyprus are buzzing about the park now - and it needs a superb challenge from James Chester to prevent the visitors getting in on goal following Joe Ledley's mistake in midfield. The hosts are on the ropes.

  55. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Josh Jones: Oh Andy, Andy King! Wales and simple just don't go together do they!

  56. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Kevin Ratcliffe

    Former Wales captain & BBC Wales pundit

    "If that's a sending off why is the one against Gareth Bale early on not a sending off? Andy King has got the back of his heel, it's a poor challenge, but I don't think it should be a red card. This changes the whole game."


    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Wales cannot believe it. They are reduced to 10 men when Andy King sees red for a challenge on Constantinos Makrides on the halfway line. The Welsh player did rake down the Cyprus captain's ankle - and pays the ultimate price. Gareth Bale is booked for protesting.

    Andy King of Wales is handed a straight red card
  58. KICK-OFF

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Cyprus get us under way in the second half. Still plenty for Wales to do.

  59. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    So, Croatia are winning 4-0. I don't know about you, but I've always had a soft spot for them. Pretty random really... although Zvonimir Boban, Davor Suker and Luka Modric probably have something to do with it. They just seem to produce proper footballers. Who is your 'second' international team?

    Get involved tonight, using #bbcfootball, send a text with your name on to 81111 or post to the BBC Sport Facebook or Google+ pages.

  60. Elsewhere in Europe

    It's half-time in all tonight's Euro 2016 qualifiers.

    Ivan Perisic has scored twice as Croatia lead Azerbaijan 4-0, while in the same group Michael Mifsud has been sent off for Malta against Italy, who lead 1-0.

    Norway and Bulgaria - Group H's other teams - are drawing 1-1.

    Wales' group rivals Israel took a 2-1 lead against Andorra late in the first half. Bosnia still lead Belgium 1-0.

    Iceland score

    And in Group A, as well as Iceland's shock 2-0 lead over Netherlands, Latvia and Turkey are goalless.

  61. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Wales Sport at Cardiff City Stadium

    Hal Robson-Kanu

    "What an eventful first half.

    "Wales appeared to be cruising after goals from David Cotterill and Hal Robson-Kanu - the latter a stylish team effort - gave them a 2-0 lead.

    "But, rather against the run of play, Cyprus clawed themselves back into the tie as Vincent Laban's floated free-kick evaded Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and a handful of defenders on the line before nestling in the far corner.

    "That silenced what had been a buoyant Cardiff City Stadium, though the home crowd found its voice again as a deflected Gareth Bale free-kick was pushed on to the bar.

    "Wales will be frustrated to have been pegged back but, as their fans keep reminding us, they are currently top of Group B."

  62. Half-time stats

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Eight shots on target? Wales should be home and hosed.

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus
  63. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Kevin Ratcliffe

    Former Wales captain & BBC Wales pundit

    "I would like to see another man in Wales' midfield. If we start getting deeper then there is more space in midfield and I would hate for us to be hanging on at the end of this game with only a goal lead.

    "It was a good start, two good goals from Wales, but then a bit of sloppiness came in and we switched off and started to think it was easy. Cyprus should be dead and buried but they are back in it."

  64. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Hywel Roberts: That Cyprus goal has made it edgy but on the plus side we've still got Gareth's goal to come.


    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    It should be more comfortable than the scoreline suggests. But, so far so good for Wales.

  66. CLOSE!

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    More sublime stuff from Gareth Bale. First his defence-splitting ball sees David Cotterill bring a point-blank save out of Anastasios Kissas, before the Real Madrid forward closes in on the rebound and drives a deflected effort just over the bar.

  67. Elsewhere in Europe

    It goes from bad to worse for the Netherlands, whose qualification for Euro 2016 could actually be in doubt months after finishing third in the World Cup.

    Gylfi Sigurdsson has just given Iceland a 2-0 lead over Guus Hiddink's side - it's half-time in Reykjavik.

    Czech Republic have nine points as will Iceland if they hold out. Netherlands have three.


    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Suddenly, Cyprus are having some joy and are looking confident as they stroke the ball about. Dare I say it though, that Wales look fairly organised at the back. Four minutes of injury time to be added on.

  69. Elsewhere in Group B

    Bosnia-Hercegovina, who drew 0-0 in Wales on Friday, have just taken the lead against Belgium with Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko scoring.

    Israel are still being held in Andorra.


    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Gareth Bale steps up and the ball takes a wicked deflection off the wall and is tipped onto the bar by Anastasios Kissas. Joe Ledley attacks the follow-up but it is cleared off the line by Giorgos Merkis. Tremendous football.


    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Cyprus substitute Angelis Angeli is booked for a foul on the marauding George Williams. Wales have a free-kick 30 yards out...

  72. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ben Johnson: Wales have a great set-up. Strong core of Bale, Ramsay (if fit) & Williams and a squad of decent players willing to work hard.

  73. Post update

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus

    Kevin Ratcliffe

    Former Wales captain & BBC Wales pundit

    "That is a wake-up call that we need and we can't take things for granted. Cyprus have delivered some decent balls into the box. But there are too many bodies in the way for Wayne Hennessey to come for that. If he is going to go for it then he has to take everyone out and make sure he gets the ball."

    Listen to live commentary of Wales v Cyprus on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

  74. GOAL

    Wales 2-1 Cyprus - Vincent Laban

    Come on Wales fans, when have your side ever made it easy?

    Cyprus score a goal out of nothing when Vincent Laban floats in a free-kick from the right and the ball beats everyone before taking a slight deflection off the glove of Wayne Hennessey and nestling into the back of the net.


    Wales 2-0 Cyprus

    David Cotterill throws himself into a hefty challenge with his studs showing. Into the book you go, young man.


    Wales 2-0 Cyprus

    Cyprus, like Wales, are forced into a first-half change because of injury. Angelis Angeli replaces Dosa Junior.

  77. Elsewhere in Europe

    Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has scored on his international debut, at the age of 29, as Italy lead Malta 1-0.

    Andorra score

    And are we in for a surprise in Andorra where the hosts have just equalised against Israel? Ildefons Lima, the top scorer in the country's history, has just scored his ninth international goal.

    Norway lead Bulgaria 1-0, while Croatia are doing likewise against Azerbaijan.

  78. Post update

    Wales 2-0 Cyprus

    Another quality attack from Wales almost makes it three. Chris Gunter flies down the right and puts in a beautiful centre which the keeper spills before gathering just before Andy King can pounce. I told you the Cyprus keeper had butter-fingers... (16 mins)

  79. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    L Higgins: Fantastic start for Wales who need to really put this game past Cyprus. Will do wonders for the confidence which has been lacking.

  80. Post update

    Wales 2-0 Cyprus

    Kevin Ratcliffe

    Former Wales captain & BBC Wales pundit

    "That was fantastic vision from Gareth Bale. He was marked tightly, but that's how clever he is. He flicked it inside for Hal Robson-Kanu, who took his time, but it was a fantastic finish and he showed great composure. Hopefully we can enjoy the rest of this game now.

    "Wales are looking comfortable. I have been impressed with Andy King and the energy levels he has given us alongside Joe Ledley."

  81. GOAL

    Wales 2-0 Cyprus - Hal Robson-Kanu

    A finish that Ian Rush, Dean Saunders and John Hartson would be proud of.

    Wales slice open Cyprus with two passes through the middle, one of which is a neat backheel from Gareth Bale, and Hal Robson-Kanu is sent scampering through on goal for a classy finish which puts Wales in total control of this game.

    Hal Robson-Kanu scores Wales second goal of the evening
  82. Post update

    Wales 1-0 Cyprus

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Wales Sport at Cardiff City Stadium

    Wales and Cyprus players clash

    "It has been a fiery start to the game in Cardiff.

    "Cyprus had insisted before the match that they had no particular plans to deal with Gareth Bale, but it took them just four minutes to make a mockery of those claims.

    "But Wales brushed off that flashpoint.

    "The crowd is not quite as big as it was for Friday's goalless draw against Bosnia-Hercegovina, but the Cardiff City Stadium is bouncing after Cotterill's opener."

  83. Post update

    Wales 1-0 Cyprus

    Wales manager Chris Coleman calmly chews gum in his technical area. In contrast, Cyprus coach Pambos Christodoulou is looking a little hot under his suave designer shirt collar.

  84. Post update

    Wales 1-0 Cyprus

    George Best

    David Cotterill is Wales' hero so far but he's got some way to go to live up to his full name... 'David Rhys George Best Cotterill'.

  85. Text us on 81111

    David Scourfield: Could Kevin Ratcliffe please give me the lottery numbers following his reference to David Cotterill's goal-scoring ability?

  86. Post update

    Thanks for your brilliant footballer-related films. See if yours made our best-of list here:

  87. Post update

    Wales 1-0 Cyprus

    Can Wales get another one? Gareth Bale drives forward through the middle and hammers a shot towards goal which is fumbled before being dealt with at the second attempt. That's not the first time Anastasios Kissas has spilled a shot. Wales need to be following up those long-rangers.

  88. Post update

    Wales 1-0 Cyprus

    Kevin Ratcliffe

    Former Wales captain & BBC Wales pundit

    "Hal Robson-Kanu gets across the defender, but cannot get a touch and the keeper is absolutely nowhere. What a great start for Wales.

    "I like the movement from the four most attacking players for Wales, they are causing Cyprus lots of problems."

  89. GOAL

    Wales 1-0 Cyprus - David Cotterill

    If it's good enough for Ronaldinho, it'll do for David Cotterill.

    The Welsh substitute puts the hosts into the lead when he delivers a cross from the left wing which sails over everyone's head, including the Cyprus keeper, to lift the roof off the Cardiff City Stadium.

    Gareth Bale, David Cotterill and Andy King celebrate Wale's first goal against Cyprus
  90. Post update

    Wales 0-0 Cyprus

    Kevin Ratcliffe

    Former Wales captain & BBC Wales pundit

    "We have had a bit of everything. We have had a bit of recklessness and an injury.

    "I'm not sure George Williams knows what his job is. He was taken from the wide left position, but now doesn't know what will be expected of him. I would not be too bothered if Chris Coleman had put David Cotterill up front. His goalscoring record when playing there is good."

  91. Post update

    Wales 0-0 Cyprus

    Simon Church has indeed dislocated his shoulder. It's been popped back in by the physio. Apologies for that image if you're just sitting down to your evening meal. Out on the pitch, Gareth Bale tries his luck with a long-range shot which the goalkeeper does well to gather.

  92. Elsewhere in Europe

    A potential shock in Reykjavik as Iceland take the lead against the Netherlands, with Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring a penalty. The would leave the Dutch six points adrift of the top two already.

    The only other goal so far sees Israel lead in Andorra.

  93. Post update

    Wales 0-0 Cyprus

    A band strikes up in the crowd and belts out the Rocky theme. Considering some of the hefty tackles being dished out by the Cypriots, it's quite an apt backing tune.

  94. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    We're asking you for footballer film titles...

    Barry O'Gus: Dude where's my Vlaar?

    Andy Rea: You, Me and Rob Lee.

    Matthew Stebbings: Million dollar Bebe.

  95. Post update

    Wales 0-0 Cyprus

    Dipping, swerving and from 25 yards... Gareth Bale laces a free-kick towards goal and the keeper gathers it at the second attempt.


    Wales 0-0 Cyprus

    David Cotterill is brought on for Simon Church, who succumbs to his first-minute injury.

  97. Post update

    Wales 0-0 Cyprus

    Kevin Ratcliffe

    Former Wales captain & BBC Wales pundit

    Gareth Bale

    "He is lucky not to be sent off. That is an absolutely scandalous tackle on Bale that you just don't want to see in any game."

    Listen to live commentary on this page of Wales v Cyprus on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.


    Wales 0-0 Cyprus

    Cyprus and Wales players clash

    Simon Church is treated for his injury and is off the field while it is assessed by the physios. Cyprus try to use their extra man advantage but Wales counter and Gareth Bale is cynically hacked down by Marios Nicolaou who is booked for his troubles.

  99. Post update

    Wales 0-0 Cyprus

    Is Simon Church about to extend the Welsh injury list to 12 names? The Charlton striker appears to come off worse in an innocuous-looking challenge with Giorgos Merkis. He's clutching his shoulder as though he has perhaps dislocated it.

  100. KICK-OFF

    Wales 0-0 Cyprus

    The road to France is long and winding. The qualifying tour continues tonight - can Chris Coleman's peloton stay on their bikes?

  101. Post update

    Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Lucie Jones

    The Welsh national anthem is superbly sung by Lucie Jones. She was good in X-Factor.

  102. Post update

    Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Time for the national anthems. A stirring rendition of the Cypriot one first. It's called Hymn to Liberty. But you knew that didn't you?

  103. Text us on 81111

    Joseph Yobo

    Arthur in London, re footballer films: Thibaut that Rocked.

    Andrew Sahote from London: Diamonds are ForEvra. Or YoboCop?

    Ceri Simpson: The Chronicles of Ruddock.

  104. Post update

    Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    The players are gathering in the tunnel. Another big night for Welsh football awaits us.

  105. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Injured Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey on Twitter: Come on Wales! Let's build on our good performance on Friday and get the win tonight #TogetherStronger

  106. Post update

    Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Wales manager Chris Coleman, speaking to Sky Sports: "We welcome the pressure - these are the games you want to be involved in.

    "You're doing something right if you're involved in the games that mean something, we've had good preparation and we're ready. We knew what to expect from Bosnia we needed to match their strengths and we did that.

    "Tonight will be tough - Cyprus can go one of two ways, they can be open or attacking or they can be defensive and attack on the counter. We'll be set up to combat both. The crowd got us over the line, they can help no doubt about it. It's hard for them, it's a Monday night it's a school night and we need to repay their support."

  107. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Peter Ndlovu

    We're asking you for footballer film titles...

    Owen Spottiswoode: How about Raheem Sterling's Day Off.

    Michael Hallam: Ndlovu actually.

    DaveHiggins: Amokachi if you can.

  108. Post update

    Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Manchester United assistant manager and former Wales international Ryan Giggs, speaking to Sky Sports: "You've seen in the press conferences from Chris and the players that they're confident, they don't necessarily think they will win tonight - they're not cocky but they are quietly confident. We haven't seen that for a long time, hopefully we can get that win and qualify for the Championships that we haven't done for a long time."

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    Barry Fry

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    Den Vincent: Muppets Christmas Carroll.

    Maximilian Poole: Finding Neymar.

    John Edward Dykes: House on Haunted Cahill.

    Russell Watkins: The Barry Fry Who Loved Me.

  110. Post update

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    Gareth Bale

    Gareth Bale is, however, struggling with a little knock tonight. The Real Madrid superstar sustained a slight back injury against Bosnia on Friday but is fine to play tonight.

    His manager, Chris Coleman, said: "He had a kick but he's all right. In the game the other night he came to the side but whatever he was saying my ears were closed because if there was an issue he wasn't coming off. We gave him treatment, he had a bit of strapping on his back, but he's fine."

  111. Post update

    Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Gareth Bale

    The last time these two teams met in Wales, the hosts won 3-1 - just a few days after a 17-year-old Gareth Bale had become their youngest ever scorer in a heavy defeat against Slovakia. That was just his fourth cap, and he had made eight league appearances for his club side Southampton. The boy's a man now.

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    Tim Krul

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    BainbridgeNCFC: Krul Runnings.

    Matt Farr: Krul intentions.

    Conor Brown: Return of the Jedinak.

  113. LINE-UPS

    Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Ashley Williams, Chester, Neil Taylor, George Williams, King, Bale, Ledley, Robson-Kanu, Church. Subs: Owain Fon Williams, Davies, Dave Edwards, Cotterill, Gabbidon, Jonathan Williams, Lawrence, Ricketts, Gwion Edwards, Jake Taylor, John, Letheren.

    Cyprus: Kissas, Kyriakou, Merkis, Junior, Antoniades, Efrem, Nicolaou, Laban, Sotiriou, Makridis, Christofi. Subs: Georgallides, Aresti, Sielis, Angeli, Papathanasiou, Charalambidis, Alexandrou, Kolokoudias, Artymatas, Stylianou, Makris, Loizou.

    Referee: Manuel Grafe (Germany)

  114. Group H preview

    Andrea Pirlo

    Group H's big boys Croatia and Italy will both fancy their chances of making it three wins from three tonight.

    They face Azerbaijan and Malta respectively - the group's two point-less teams.

    Norway and Bulgaria - who are both on three points - meet in Oslo.

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    Steve Bull

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    Mike Whittaker: Raging Steve Bull.

    Ryan Thomas: The Birdman of Alcaraz or Escape from Antolín Alcaraz.

    Liam Charlton: The Neville wears Prada.

    The picture above is of Wolves legend Steve Bull still supporting his old team - against Shrewsbury last season.

  116. Elsewhere in Group B

    Belgium players in training

    Two of Wales' rivals for qualification from Group B are playing tonight as Bosnia-Hercegovina host Belgium, who beat Andorra 6-0 in their only game so far.

    Bosnia coach Safet Susic signed a two-year contract in July after initially hinting he would step down after their World Cup group stage exit. However he is already under pressure after losing to Cyprus and drawing with Wales.

    Israel, who can also overtake Wales tonight, are away to Pyrenees minnows, Andorra.

  117. Group A preview

    Netherlands training before Iceland game

    The Netherlands face a big trip to face Iceland tonight. The Nordic side have won two from two while the Dutch slipped up against Czech Republic last month.

    Lose tonight and the boys in Orange could be six points adrift of the top two already, with Czech Republic having already beaten Kazakhstan 4-2 today.

    Latvia and Turkey - the group's bottom two teams - face each other.

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    John O'Shea

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    Alex van den Broek: 50 Shades of O'Shea

    Katie Whitworth: Silence of the Lahms

    Maximilian Poole: Once Upon a Time in the Taribo West

    CJ O'Flaherty: Ten things I hate about Young

  119. Post update

    Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    So is tonight a must-win game for Wales? Skipper Ashley Williams certainly thinks so.

    "We know especially because we drew the game (against Bosnia) that we need to win this game," said the defender.

    "If we want to do anything in the group this is one we must win."

  120. Post update

    Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Let's talk about Wales. They were pretty good against Bosnia on Friday, when they held the World Cup finalists to a draw, and now they have a great chance to extend their lead at the top of Group B.

    And all this amidst a real injury crisis. Manager Chris Coleman has 11 players missing through injury tonight. It's a good job Gareth Bale is not one of that eye-watering number.

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    Efan Ekoku

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    David Bishop: One flew over Ekoku's nest.

    Kevjohnson: The Last King of Jason Scotland.

    Shivam Manghnani: The Vorm Ultimatum.

  122. Sterling's decision 'brave'

    So what do you think about Sterling's decision to ask to be rested? According to one sports psychologist BBC Sport's Joe Lynskey contacted today, it's a "brave" decision.

    "To see this athlete acknowledge he would struggle to make an impact is a very brave move," Birmingham University's Dr Jennifer Cumming said.

    The full story is here.

  123. Hodgson on Sterling

    England manager Roy Hodgson has his own theory on Raheem Sterling: "He broke into the Liverpool team, had a fantastic season and then went to the World Cup. He is only 19 years old.

    "It is not as simple as the training you are having may be taking a bit of juice from your legs.

    "There is an awful lot going on in your head as well, so perhaps it is quite simply that the season has not started as well for Liverpool, and he is in the spotlight for England and Liverpool. Maybe that has had some effect. I don't know. It's a theory."

  124. Post update

    Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    On Twitter: "I hope Gareth Bale isn't tired tonight for Wales!"

  125. Sterling and the Euro (qualifier)

    Roy Hodgson & Raheem Sterling

    We'll get on to previewing Wales v Cyprus shortly, but first let's recap on some of the fall-out from England's 1-0 victory in Estonia last night.

    There's been plenty said and written about Raheem Sterling's exclusion from the starting line-up because of fatigue, and the Liverpool forward has been supported by ex-England captain Rio Ferdinand.

    Speaking on Twitter, Ferdinand said: "Fair play to him. English players are normally too proud to do that unlike our foreign friends.

    "(Carlos) Tevez would come in some days and sit on the massage bed while the team trained. "I'm tired"... match day - firing and energised.

    "With more rest at the right times throughout seasons, Rooney would have gone into tournaments for England fresher 100%. Too proud again. Same could be said of Gerrard, (Frank) Lampard, John Terry, Ashley Cole myself etc - all too proud to sit out of training or a match with the bigger picture in mind."

  126. Post update

    Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Wales Sport at Cardiff City Stadium

    Hal Robson-Kanu

    Group B leaders Wales make one enforced change from Friday's 0-0 draw against Bosnia, with Hal Robson-Kanu replacing the injured Jonathan Williams.

    There is also a tactical change, with Tottenham left-back Ben Davies making way for young Fulham winger George Williams.

    Wales manager Chris Coleman has tinkered with his formation as a result, switching from the 5-3-2 he used against Bosnia to a 4-2-3-1 where Gareth Bale will support lone striker Simon Church.

  127. Suarez in the goals

    Luis Suarez

    Elsewhere in the world, Luis Suarez struck his first goals since being suspended for biting as Uruguay beat Oman 3-0 in a friendly in Sohar this afternoon.

    The 27-year-old Barcelona forward is serving a nine-match international ban and four-month total football suspension for having bitten Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. However, his ban does not include friendly matches.

    He notched a brace in the Celeste's victory while midfielder Jonathan Rodriguez added the third.

  128. First result of the night

    There was one 17:00 BST game today in the Euro 2016 qualifiers and Czech Republic have just beaten Kazakhstan 4-2 to go top of Group A with three wins from three.

    They are six points clear of Netherlands, who visit Iceland later today.

  129. Text us on 81111

    Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Ned: A win tonight would be massive, and complete our strong start! Won't be easy though! We'll miss Joniesta.

    I think Ned's referring to injured midfielder Jonny Williams

  130. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    So, in honour of Nathan Blake, let's have a little bit of fun tonight and have your suggestions for films which sound like footballers. For example, Teenage Mutant Ninja Skrtels are a team who actually once turned out in the Leigh Sports Village Monday Night League. Any more for any more?

    Get involved tonight, using #bbcfootball, send a text with your name on to 81111 or post to the BBC Sport Facebook or Google+ pages.

  131. Post update

    Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Can Baley and the boys do what Big Nev, Giggsy and Nathan Blake couldn't?

    Ah, Nathan Blake? What's he doing with his time these days?

    Well, former Wales striker Blake is now an award-winning actor for his role in short film The Homing Bird, in which he plays a football coach.

    Whatever next? Big Neville Southall winning an Oscar? Never rule these things out...

  132. Post update

    Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Yep, this current Wales crop might finally be able to emulate the heroes of 1958 because they once again possess a world-class talent in their ranks. For John Charles, read Gareth Bale.

    And it's so far so good for the boys in red. They have taken four points from their first two games in qualifying for Euro 2016 and currently top Group B. Beat Cyprus in Cardiff tonight and it's their best start to a campaign in more than a decade.

    Are the stars finally aligning?

  133. Post update

    Wales v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    So, the question is simple. Can Wales finally qualify for a major tournament for the first time since four lads from Liverpool were embarking on global domination?

    For the first time since the King of Rock and Roll was on a rapid ascent to his throne?

    And for the first time since clubs on the Continent were clamouring for the signature of a supremely gifted footballer from the valleys...

    John Charles
  134. Back in the summer of... 58!

    Ah, the summer of 1958. Halcyon days, or so I am told.

    The Beatles, then known as The Quarrymen, were just starting out - paying 17 shillings and 6 pence for the privilege of their first recording session on 19 July.

    The Beatles

    Meanwhile, UK nightclubs - or were they called discotheques back then? - were turning up the volume to hits such as Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley) and Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis).

    Elvis Presley

    Oh, and Wales were competing in a major football competition for the only time in their history - a young whippersnapper named Pele denying them glory at the World Cup in Sweden.


    And those who were around saw all of this in black and white. Halcyon days indeed.