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Andorra Defeat by Wales Improves Welsh Euro 2016 Qualifying Prospects

Andorra Defeat by Wales Improves Welsh Euro 2016 Qualifying Prospects

Gareth Bale scored from a late free kick to give Wales a 2 – 1 victory over Andorra in their first Euro 2016 qualifying match.

Andorra had shocked the Welsh side by taking a sixth-minute lead thanks to a penalty from Ildefons Lima. However, it took just 16 minutes for Bale to equalise the score by heading the ball home.

Still at half-time it looked far from certain that Wales would win. In the end Bale scored his second goal off an 81st minute free kick to deny Andorra their first competitive win in nine years.

Wales hasn’t qualified for the finals of a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup, but there is hope this year after they were drawn in a group with Bosnia, Belgium, Israel, Cyprus and Andorra. Wales will play Bosnia and Cyprus next month and Belgium in November while their first match against Israel is in March 2015.

Wales have been given odds of 16/1 to qualify, third favourite in the group behind Belgium at 2/9 and Bosnia at 5/1. However, if they perform well against Bosnia next month then these odds could change.

OCA News Editor

Christian Bright is a professional sports commentator with keen interests in football, tennis and horse racing. His experience in the reporting on professional sports makes him a key asset to OCA’s coverage of athletic events and matches.

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