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(ATT 5,486) 12th September 2007 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: C Thoison

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Bellamy torments Slovakia

Striker on-song as Wales thrash Slovaks

Last Updated: 12/09/07 8:54pm

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Bellamy: First-half brace

Bellamy: First-half brace

Craig Bellamy stole the show as Wales claimed a 5-2 success in Slovakia in qualifying for the European Championship.

The West Ham striker scored twice and played a part in the others as Wales got revenge for their 5-1 home defeat to Slovakia earlier in qualifying.

Slovakia captain Marek Mintal gave the home side the lead early on but Wales responded magnificently and were level midway through the first-half through Freddy Eastwood.

Bellamy added two goals before the break with superb finishes past Stefan Senecky.

Slovakia got back into the game when Mintal netted his second shortly after the restart but Jan Durica's own goal killed off the hosts and Simon Davies fired home a fifth before the end.

Former Blackburn defender Vratislav Gresko's cross helped Slovakia take a 10th-minute lead. The ball dropped to Joe Ledley, who was far too slow with his clearance, allowing Mintal the time to hook the ball past Wayne Hennessey.

Response

Wales levelled 11 minutes later. Hennessey's long ball was played out to Ledley by Bellamy, and the Cardiff youngster atoned for his earlier mistake with a low cross that Eastwood stabbed home.

Bellamy was beginning to enjoy himself against slower defenders and in the 34th minute he struck with a cracker.

Eastwood's ball over the top was a decent pass, but the West Ham striker still had plenty to do. He set off on a high speed chase from half-way, caught and passed Durica before slamming a stunning 18 yard left-footed high shot past Senecky.

And it was Bellamy who struck again on 41 minutes with another outstanding finish, getting behind the defence again and lashing an acute angled drive off the underside of the bar.

Slovakia reduced the deficit to 3-2 in the 57th minute when Cech played in Mintal, who drilled a low drive past Hennessey.

Hennessey did not look too convincing when he spooned a long-range effort from Filip Holosko round a post soon after as the home side pushed for the equaliser.

Bellamy's attempts to relieve the pressure saw him hare away on 71 minutes and send in a cross-shot that hit the inside of the far post and came back into play.

Sealing the win

Bellamy scampered into the box and drilled a cross into the six-yard box on 74 minutes which a sliding Durica knocked into his own net.

A great night for Wales was capped in the last minute when Davies drilled in the fifth from close range.

SlovakiaTeam StatisticsWales
2Goals5
11st Half Goals3
10Shots on Target4
7Shots off Target3
7Blocked Shots1
11Corners1
16Fouls14
2Offsides5
1Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
87.2Passing Success61.8
16Tackles21
81.2Tackles Success85.7
73.1Possession26.9
62Territorial Advantage38

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  • European Championship Qualifying

    Wed 12th Sep - Group A
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Tables

European Championship Qualifying Group A

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 30
2 Turkey 10 17
3 Belgium 10 15
4 Austria 10 12
5 Azerbaijan 10 7
6 Kazakhstan 10 4

European Championship Qualifying Group B

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 23
2 Republic of Ireland 10 21
3 Armenia 10 17
4 Slovakia 10 15
5 Macedonia 10 8
6 Andorra 10 0

European Championship Qualifying Group C

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 26
2 Estonia 10 16
3 Serbia 10 15
4 Slovenia 10 14
5 Northern Ireland 10 9
6 Faroe Islands 10 4

European Championship Qualifying Group D

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France 10 21
2 Bosnia 10 20
3 Romania 10 14
4 Belarus 10 13
5 Albania 10 9
6 Luxembourg 10 4

European Championship Qualifying Group E

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 27
2 Sweden 10 24
3 Hungary 10 19
4 Finland 10 10
5 Moldova 10 9
6 San Marino 10 0

European Championship Qualifying Group F

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Greece 10 24
2 Croatia 10 22
3 Israel 10 16
4 Latvia 10 11
5 Georgia 10 10
6 Malta 10 1

European Championship Qualifying Group G

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 8 18
2 Montenegro 8 12
3 Switzerland 8 11
4 Wales 8 9
5 Bulgaria 8 5

European Championship Qualifying Group H

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Denmark 8 19
2 Portugal 8 16
3 Norway 8 16
4 Iceland 8 4
5 Cyprus 8 2

European Championship Qualifying Group I

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 24
2 Czech Republic 8 13
3 Scotland 8 11
4 Lithuania 8 5
5 Liechtenstein 8 4

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