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Russia 2 - 1 Wales

by Badfinger Taffy (U2169089) 08 September 2008
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Wales went down by 2 goals to 1 in Moscow against a technically very good Russian side. Bale missed a penalty early in the first half however Russia got one back to go in to the break 1-0 up. Wales came out for the second half looking a different team and eventually scored to make it 1-1.

They are one of Europe's top four sides and we've got an injury list as long as your arm Wales Manager John Toshack
A late Russian goal eventually gave the home side victory but Wales fought until the end and will be disappointed with not coming away with a point. With other results pretty much going Wales's way the defeat could of been worse for the table position.

Russia: Akinfeev, Aniukov, Kolodin, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zyryanov, Torbinsky (Saenko 59), Semshov, Semak (Pogrebnyak 74), Arshavin, Pavlyuchenko (Bystrov 90).

Subs Not Used: Malafeev, Vasili Berezutsky, Alexei Berezutsky, Yanbaev.

Goals: Pavlyuchenko 22 pen, Pogrebnyak 81.

Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Morgan, Ashley Williams, Bale, Davies, Fletcher, Robinson (Ricketts 46), Edwards (Steve Evans 77), Ledley, Vokes (Ched Evans 62).

Subs Not Used: Myhill, Stock, Cotterill, Earnshaw.

Goals: Ledley 67.



Other Results

Azerbaijan 0-0 Liechtenstein R
Finland 3-3 Germany R

TeamPlayedGoal DiffPoints
Germany2+64
Russia1+13
Wales203
Finland101
Azerbaijan2-11
Liechtenstein2-61

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Tonight Wales will be in Moscow to take on group 4 favourites Russia in the second match of the 2010 world cup qualifying matches. This will be the second time Wales have been grouped with the Russians; Wales' only games were in their two-legged Euro 2004 qualifying play-off. Wales held the Russians to an impressive goalless draw in Moscow before blowing their big chance in front of their own fans at a packed Millennium Stadium four days later by losing 1-0.

Wales....Wales....Wales....Wales.... Wales....Wales....Wales....Wales....Wales....

Russia are currently ranked 12th in the FIFA world rankings and although they failed to qualify for the last World Cup they did reach the Euro 2008 semi finals where they lost to the eventual winners Spain 3-0. They have a very talented squad starting with keeper Igor Akinfeev who at 22 has already won 24 caps, defenders Sergey Ignashevich, Aleksandr Anyukov and Aleksei Berezutskiy who between them have well over 100 caps. The midfield is packed with experience in the form of Sergei Semak (52 caps), Dynamo Moscow’s Igor Semshov (33 Caps) and Lokomotiv Moscow’s Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (28 Caps). Up front they include Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko (9 goals from 23) and Andrei Arshavin (13 goals from 23). They have been managed by 61 year old Guus Hiddink since 2006; his international managerial experience also includes Austria, South Korea and the Netherlands. At club level he has managed PSV Eindhoven, Real Betis and Real Madrid to name but a few. This will be the first qualifying match for Russia as they and Finland have yet to play.

Wales will be slightly disappointed with the performance against Azerbaijan last Saturday, although we picked up 3 vital points we failed to create many real goal scoring opportunities and at times we lost possession to easily and sometimes looked suspicious at the back. With Jason Koumas being ruled out of the trip with an ankle injury many Welsh fans would have liked to of seen Arsenals Aaron Ramsey given a chance, however Ramsey has been told by Toshack he and Middlesbrough defender Rhys Williams will join Brian Flynn's Wales Under-21 side of their crucial UEFA European qualifier in Romania. Last Saturday’s Welsh hero Chris Gunter will face his spurs team-mate Roman Pavlyuchenko on Wednesday and he said there'll be 'no pals act' when the pair clash in Russia.

Wales will still be without Danny Gabbidon, James Collins and Lewin Nyatanga in defence plus Craig Bellamy, Freddy Eastwood and Jason Koumas. Also Paul Parry has stunned Wales two days before a vital World Cup qualifier by retiring from international football. According to BBC Wales the Cardiff City attacker was unhappy at being left on the bench during the 1-0 win over Azerbaijan on Saturday.



I predict 2-1 to Russia ........

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posted Sep 11, 2008

I don't think anybody gave Wales a prayer yesterday so to come so close to getting a point is a great achievement. There are lots of positives to take into the next game.

After watching yesterday's match and seeing the U21s result the night before I am certainly feeling more optimistic about welsh international football right now than I was last saturday!

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posted Sep 11, 2008

<"How did our captain craig morgan do?

He is quality!!">

Didn't see thw wqhole game cos of f in Setanta but his initial error led to the penalty conceded.

He has had some good solid games for Wales in a back 5 but when we played with a 4 in the last 2 games he has struggled. Panics on the ball a bit and makes wayward passes.

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posted Sep 11, 2008

True he hasn't settled yet in a back 4 but to be fair to him he's only had the two games in that formation having wasted his time playing in a back 5 for the last 3 years . He rose to the challenge better than i expected and he is one of the few players in the team who can hit a 40 yard ball with accuracy . Its all good experience for him and should send him back to Pboro a better player. Also his header wasn't good for Russia first goal but awful mistake by the Keeper to get so far out of position recklessly trying to keep the ball in

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posted Sep 11, 2008

> Comments like "well done lads", "bad luck boys", "no shame", are for losers!

We're missing five or six of our best players, what did you expect? We almost got a draw, which would have been a fantastic result - anyone can miss a penalty, it happens to the best of 'em.

After a performance like that the lads must now believe they can get something from the Russians in the return fixture, and we don't need to be scared of the Germans either. Let's take something positive from this instead of carping.

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comment by Pisces (U10274403)

posted Sep 13, 2008


Russkyball,
Your observation was brilliant. I am truly ashamed of myself!

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posted Sep 13, 2008

Andorra got a chance to have a penalty shot against Poland before Poland scored their 2 goals. It sure shows one, that this needs to be practised up. Some teams must not think they have much of a chance to begin with.

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comment by Pisces (U10274403)

posted Sep 14, 2008

Russkyball,
I kin tell u more on about football..your nation all teem aint goin no were in this wurld kup..so shut up!

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comment by Pisces (U10274403)

posted Sep 15, 2008


Hey russkyballs,
How's it goin? Charm skool will not save u or the whales 2008 wurld kup effort.

p.s. "Shut up!"

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