Slovakia 2-5 Wales


Wales maintained a glimmer of hope for qualifying for the Euro 2008 championships with a thrilling 5-2 victory over Slovakia in their Group D match on Wednesday.


Slovakia had taken an early lead in the 12th minute through Marek Mintal but Wales equalized through Freddy Eastwood 10 minutes later before Craig Bellamy scored two goals in seven minutes to put Wales in a comfortable position at the end of the first half.


Though Mintal scored his second for Slovakia in the 57th minute, an own goal by Jan Durica 12 minutes before full time and a last minute goal by Simon Davies ensured that Wales ended the game with all three points.


A quite opening to the match was followed by Slovakia taking the lead in the 12th minute when Mintal pounced on a defensive error by James Collins before turning to hit a left footed drive into the roof of the net.


As the hosts pressed ahead for the second goal, Welsh keeper Wayne Hennessey had to be at his best to deny Mintal and Marek Cech. However Wales equalized in the 22nd minute when Freddy Eastwood latched on to a cross from Joseph Ledley before smashing home with keeper Stefan Senecky hopelessly out of position.


Bellamy then gave Wales the lead in the 34th minute with an exquisite chip over Senecky after being fed by a delightful pass by Ledley. Craig Bellamy was once again on target in the 41st minute with Ledley once again the creator as the West Ham striker hit a stinging volley past Senecky at the near post.


Slovakia got one back in the 54th minute when Mintal was played in by a cheeky through ball by Marek Cech and the FC Nurnberg striker made no mistake in slotting the ball past Hennessey. Wales restored their two goal lead in the 78th minute when Durica inadvertently turned Bellamy's cross into his own net.


Simon Davis completed the proceeding for Wales in the final minute of the match when he latched on to Carl Fletcher's pass before smashing the ball into the roof of the net. Wales next play Cyprus on October 13 while Slovakia welcome San Marino.

Tags: Wales, Euro 2008, Craig Bellamy, Slovakia


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