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Germany 1 - 0 Wales

by Badfinger Taffy (U2169089) 13 October 2008
Date:
15 October 2008
Venue:
Borussia Park, Monchengladbach
Competition:
International
Attendance:
-
Player of the match:
James Collins
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Wales were narrowly defeated against Germany in their 2010 World Cup qualifying Group Four match in Moenchengladbach tonight however they did themselves and the nation proud. My man of the match James Collins and keeper Hennessy held the back line like troopers until the 72nd minute when Piotr Trochowski's swerving shot teased its way into the back of the net.

Wales boss john Toshack will be proud of his team but once again dissapointed that they come away with nothing to show for their tenacity.

** Germany v Wales **

Tonight Wales will travel to Monchengladbach to take on the might of Germany for the forth game in Group 4 of the FIFA World Cup European Qualifying matches.
This will be the most difficult game Wales will face on the road and certainly the biggest test John Toshack’s young Welsh side will face. After 2 home wins and an away defeat to Russia manager Toshack has called on his most senior players to rise to the occasion and deliver a performance worthy of a team aiming to finish 2nd in the group. Wales are currently occupying that second place in Group Four, a point behind the Germans who beat Russia 2-1 in Dortmund on Saturday however the Russians and Finland have a game in hand.

Liechtenstein's Darlington defender Franz Burgmeier, who’s side lost 6-0 to the Germans last month, has said "Germany and Russia are the strongest teams in the group, but if Wales can hold Germany I think they could finish third in the group." Not the words Welshman would like to hear as 2nd spot will be the target and the hope of qualifying as one of the best runners up.
You know what to expect, you know you are going to be up against it and you know you have to be right on top of your game, otherwise it will be a very tough evening." Wales Manager John Toshack
Eleven months ago Wales went to Germany and held them to a 0-0 score-line in the European Championships after a 2-0 home defeat 2 months earlier. In the last 7 meetings Wales have won just 2 games and drawn 2 with the biggest defeat being 4-1 in 1991.

Six under-21s were in the side which beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in Cardiff on Saturday however the senior players are the ones that need to be showing determination and pride to get the most out of the young dragons. This will be an up hill battle against a good German side who will want to seek revenge for failing to win last time round and Craig Bellamy knows that the challenge at Borussia Park will be very different to that presented by group minnows Liechtenstein in Cardiff. "We can score goals against decent teams, and there is no more decent side than Germany," said the West Ham striker who believes that Wales perform at their best against stronger opposition "It may sound strange, but to play against the bigger, better teams is easier.”

Toshack is apparently thinking of recalling James Collins in a more defensive line-up to face Germany, he said "Last time there we set-up with three centre-backs. Well we do have that option now with Ashley Williams, Craig Morgan, Collins and Nyatanga to choose from."
Possibles Line-up

EvansBellamy
KoumasFletcherDaviesBale??
NyatangaWilliams CollinsGunter
..Myhill..

Wales squad to face Germany:
Wayne Hennessey (Wolves), Boaz Myhill (Hull City), Lewis Price (Derby County), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Chris Gunter (Tottenham Hotspur), James Collins (West Ham), Craig Morgan (Peterborough United), Lewin Nyatanga (Derby County), Sam Ricketts (Hull City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City), Andrew Crofts (Gillingham), Simon Davies (Fulham), David Edwards (Wolves), Carl Fletcher (Crystal Palace), Owain Tudur Jones (Swansea City), Jason Koumas (Wigan Athletic), Carl Robinson (Toronto FC), David Vaughan (Blackpool), Craig Bellamy (captain, West Ham United), David Cotterill (Sheffield United), Ched Evans (Manchester City).

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posted Oct 16, 2008

I thought "brave" was only allowed to be used when talking about John Terry?

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posted Oct 16, 2008

My respect goes to Wales. Very determined performance only to be beaten by a wonder strike from Trochowski.

Good luck in your other games!

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comment by U13185363

posted Oct 16, 2008

tonnaboy10 (U9074560)

Indeed!! Don't get me started on his 'bravery'!!

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posted Oct 16, 2008

OK, so no points from this game but a very solid performance from Wales all the same. I think the Germans will look upon this victory as having been harder earned than their win against Russia - although that was a very different type of game so it's hard to say. What is certain is that they had to work very hard to create their chances and the goal they scored, when it eventually came, was pure class and a credit to Wales that it took something so special to finally crack the defence open. On that subject, I thought Ashley Williams had a very good game and played a pivotal role in defence for Wales last night.

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comment by Spoony (U12294007)

posted Oct 16, 2008

Craig Bellamy made a great point:
"If you look at the table we've probably played the two toughest games, Russia and Germany away from home, and we can take heart from that but we have lost twice and that is disappointing."

Both are still to come at home for Wales. If Wales perform and get the best results from the matches in between, then with a strong crowd at the Millenium stadium then you wouldn't bet against Wales. Caught highlights of the match and it was a good showing by Wales. <ok>

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posted Oct 16, 2008

Is Bellamy the Captian???..........says it all about Toshack.....what an example..........

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posted Oct 16, 2008

I remember when Steve Hanson he was in charge of the rugby team stating over and over again that the quality of the performance would have to come before the results. Ultimately, he was proved correct and I believe that with this game and the U21 effort we have shown that we now have to be given at least respect even by the biggest teams.
Many of the senior team are playing for second and third tier league teams and we desperately need Cardiff and Swansea to get into the top tier so that we are not asking these players to play so much above themselves every time they pull on the shirt. The FAW have been rewarded in appointing Toshack and Flynn by a huge improvement in the way Welsh soccer is moving and they need to concentrate on improving and nurturing the Welsh Premier League and especially the quality of the playing surface to upgrade that end of the production line.

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posted Oct 16, 2008

Limerick John is that sarcasm about bellamy...he may of been a prat on the pitch at times and especially coming from a Wolves fan in 2003 when we beat Newcastle he pointed to his premier league badge....but fair play to him he has donated lots of money in his time to charitys and even helped wrexham sign a few players....

a few months ago he donated £650k to charity

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/article3876373.ece

i thought he was an idiot till recently...

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posted Oct 16, 2008

Bellamy has done more than donate to charity,

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/africa/7385488.stm

"...

Bellamy visited the war-torn country (Sierra Leone) last year and was so impressed by the local playing talent that he vowed to help them improve facilities.

He has now set up the Craig Bellamy Foundation, which will start to build an academy in the capital Freetown.

"Because of the war, children haven't had any opportunity," he said.

"They haven't been thrown a football, they've been thrown a gun. "

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posted Oct 16, 2008

Watch the game didn,t think they played to bad defence had a really good game got a bit tired in the finish shame ,when they did get forward they didn,t get any favours from the linesman,

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