Wales lucky to beat China
Welsh fans will be unhappy with their sides slim 2-1 victory over China in an entertaining match for the neutrals. Kyle Letheren was handed his Wales debut in goal.
David Cotterill scored a fantastic effort, squirming through the Chinese defence and scoring with a powerful shot into the top corner, just out of the Chinese keeper’s reach. The goal, just after the half hour mark was a rare effort for Wales in a match bereft of chances. Simon Church had an opportunity to double the score following Andy King's corner but it was well saved.
Captain Ashley Williams was withdrawn at half-time to be replaced by the debuting Lloyd Jones who put in an admirable shift.
The second half was much of the same until Craig Davies continued his impressive scoring record, scoring a well-placed effort on the hour. China pegged one back just 5 minutes later and were searching for an equaliser, even having a goal ruled out after a scuffle in the area following a corner. Gareth Bale replaced Andy King who picked up a knock, but made little difference in the final outcome. James Chester came close to his maiden goal for Wales he was also denied while Kyle Letheren ensured China's search for an equaliser was in vain.
Wales will be happy to have come through the match with the victory and without picking up any injuries. Bosnia overcame Belgium in their penultimate European Championship qualifier, leaving Group E wide open.
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Tom Conwy wary ahead of final game
Despite only needing a point against Bosnia-Herzegovina to qualify for Euro 2016, Wales boss Tom Conwy was cautious during his meet with the press. Conwy was speaking to the BBC after his side’s 2-1 win over China.
The Bosnian result over Belgium still sees Wales lead the group, two points ahead of Belgium (who face Luxembourg) and three points ahead of Bosnia.
When asked on his side’s chances on qualification, Tom Conwy gave a confident but reserved response. “Well, the onus is definitely on Bosnia. They need to come here and get a result. In many ways it would have been better for us if Belgium had won and we’d already be through. But now we have the chance to finish top of the group.”
He continued, “Like I said, they need the result, we don’t, so long as we don't get thrashed, obviously. We’ve shown we can beat them on their own turf so let’s see how they perform in Cardiff later this week. In any case, it will be a fantastic match and I’m looking forward to it.”
Bosnia will be without their captain Emir Spahic after a second yellow card in their win over Belgium. Players may only be booked twice before serving a one match ban in European Championship qualification. Wales have also been dealt a blow with the news that Chris Gunter will miss out through injury, Jazz Richards is expected to fill in for him.