Friday October 12, 2012 1st Round: Group A Finished Cardiff City Stadium

Wales 2 - 1 Scotland

  • Bale 81’ (pen.), 89’
  • Morrison 27’

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  1. Brilliant Bale secures dramatic late win in Cardiff

    Brilliant Bale secures dramatic late win in Cardiff

    A late Gareth Bale double kept Wales' chances of World Cup qualification alive in a 2-1 win at home to Scotland. More

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    Time:90'
    • Wales
    • Scotland
    • 90+4' FULL TIME: Wales 2-1 Scotland. What a match we’ve had here and Wales are still alive. Just! Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+3' Just a minute for Wales to hang on now. What tension! Miller’s looping header is into Price’s arms!
    • 90+3' It almost finds a way through to Mackie but Price has it. The whistles start.
    • 90+2' Charlie Adam fouled and Scotland load the penalty area.
    • 90+1' Back comes Bale but Ramsey trips Fletcher in the box.
    • 90' It’s a goal kick for Wales but there are four minutes of time added on.
    • 89' That is so typical Bale and he could single handedly have pulled this out of the fire for Wales!
    • 88' GOAL Wales! And what a goal by Gareth Bale! That is world class as he ran at the defence before unleashing a shot into the top corner!
    • 87' All Scotland at the moment but they are stretched as they look for a winner. Foul from Adam, free kick Wales.
    • 86' Back come Scotland and they win a free kick.
    • 85' Hutton gets into the box and slides it across the face. Nobody there. Shot from Hutton just over the bar!
    • 84' Scotland sub: Miller on for Morrison.
    • 83' Dangerous back pass from Ramsey goes out for a Scotland corner. Foul in the box and Wales escape with a free kick.
    • 82' You could argue that a draw is no good for either side so we’re in for a grandstand finish here. Wales look in the mood.
    • 81' It’s no more than Wales deserve on the evidence of play in the second half but Bale clearly tripped over his own feet there.
    • 80' GOAL Wales! Bale sends McGregor the wrong way from the spot and it’s all to play for in the final ten minutes.
    • 79' Bale goes down in the box and wins a penalty! Looked like there was no contact from Maloney!
    • 78' Jamie Mackie ready to come on.
    • 77' It falls to Bale but he can’t get his shot through a sea of bodies. Another corner.
    • 76' Wales attack and win another corner as the rain teems down.
    • 75' There have been a few mystifying decisions tonight. Wales had a definite penalty and Scotland had a definite second!
    • 74' Good cross from Allen but McGregor is well out to claim.
    • 73' Fletcher has it in the net but is adjudged offside from Adam’s cross. Ooh he was onside and Scotland should be 2-0 up!
    • 72' Bad foul by Allen on Morrison. Yellow card. He had to do that as Wales were in trouble there.
    • 71' What a ten minutes of play we’ve had here. It could easily be at least 2-2 in this one.
    • 70' Wales sub: Ledley off for Robson-Kanu
    • 69' Great bit of skill in the box from Bale and he shoots or crosses wide. Not sure which!
    • 68' Best chance of the match for Wales! Ramsey is in behind the defence but puts his shot wide of McGregor!
    • 66' Berra very fortunate not to concede a penalty! He had his arms all over Davies!
    • 65' The ball ricochets off the unfortunate Vaughan and falls to Morrison who has a free shot on goal. Good save Price and it needed to be!
    • 64' Scotland have settled and are looking comfortable again. Forward they come.
    • 62' Foul by Ramsey on Hutton and he is shown yellow which means he misses the game against Croatia on Tuesday. It gets worse for Wales.
    • 61' The problem for Coleman is he has no real game changers on the bench. How he could do with a Craig Bellamy.
    • 60' Wales have 30 minutes to find something and Coleman looks nervous. No wales manager has lost their first five games.
    • 59' Belgium have increased their lead over Serbia to 2-0 as the Tartan Army start to sing again.
    • 58' Wales having a good sustained period of play here but it’s a poor ball by Vaughan and out for a goal kick to Scotland.
    • 57' Blake is back on the field but still looking in a bit of bother.
    • 56' He’s back on his feet after a little light physio and is jogging off.
    • 55' Blake has crumpled in a heap after clearing with nobody around him. Looks like his leg.
    • 54' Good ball from Bale to Ledley and Commons concedes a corner. It’s another disappointing delivery from Ramsey though.
    • 53' It out for a Wales goal kick. They need to find something quickly as they really need two.
    • 52' It breaks for Bale but Fox does well to block his cross for a corner. Scotland clear. Ramsey goes down in the box but it’s a slip and a goal kick. Bale is shown yellow for dissent.
    • 51' Croatia have just taken the lead against Macedonia as Wales win a free kick.
    • 50' Fletcher in a great position in the box but it just comes off his hand. Wales escape.
    • 49' You can hear the bagpipes playing in Cardiff and the Scots fans are in good voice. Fox does well to block off Bale's run. A great cross from Hutton and Price does well to handle it out for a corner.
    • 48' Bale takes the free kick but Scotland clear the danger. Morison caught offside.
    • 47' Wales still well in this and probably unfortunate to be behind. Bale wins a free kick off Fox and he is the man who could change things.
    • 46' No change in the Scotland shape with Adam next to Fletcher in that holding position. It’s a recurrence of Brown’s hip injury.
    • 45' Scotland sub: Adam on for Brown.
    • 45' We’re back underway here and Charlie Adam is on for Scotland.
    • 45+1' It’s a waste and Commons kicks it straight out. HALF TIME: Wales 0-1 Scotland.
    • 45' Just a minute of stoppage time added here. Scotland win a late corner.
    • 44' Wales pressing and this is a good spell just before half time.
    • 43' Chance Scotland! Hutton crosses to Fletcher who knocks it back for Morrison but he hits it over the bar. He was slightly off balance but that is another great chance and there have been many this half.
    • 42' A bad misunderstanding between Ledley and Ramsey almost allows Morrison in. What were they doing?
    • 41' Bale leaves Fox and Maloney for dead and picks out Ramsey who sidefoots over. That is another great chance!
    • 40' Scotland look content to pass it around and play for half time. They must be careful.
    • 39' Davies’ cross is blocked by Commons and Wales have a throw. It’s back in the hands of McGregor.
    • 38' A great ball in from Fox to Fletcher and he mishits his shot from a few yards out. What a chance and you would have backed him to score from there. Lucky wales.
    • 37' Wales need a bit of belief now but they haven’t won for nearly a year. It’s going to be tough going.
    • 36' A clever turn from Ramsey sets Allen but his shot is skewed wide. Needed a slightly better pass. Half chance.
    • 35' Bale goes for goal but blasts it high wide and handsome. Chance gone.
    • 34' Ledley does well and is tripped by Caldwell going forward. He goes into the book. Good chance for Bale now.
    • 33' Allen so nearly picks out Ramsey but it’s a great defending header away.
    • 32' Fox lines up a free kick and overhits it for Fletcher. Waste.
    • 31' Belgium have just taken the lead against Serbia as Davies fouls Commons.
    • 30' Wales must be careful not to leave themselves too exposed now in their hunt for an equaliser.
    • 29' Allen pulls it back to Vaughan in a great position but his first touch lets him down and the chance is gone.
    • 28' Within the space of a minute, Wales should have taken the lead and Scotland went straight up the other end and scored. Game on now.
    • 27' GOAL Scotland! Fletcher wins a header onto Morrison who smashes it home with his right foot. Great finish.
    • 26' Bale gets round Fox and delivers a great cross to Morison who heads just wide with the goal gaping. Probably should have scored. Great chance.
    • 25' Wales have closed the game off and the back four have squeezed up. Scotland finding it tough to pass through them.
    • 23' A great run from Ramsey sets up Allen but his first shot is blocked and Wales scramble clear. Great chance.
    • 22' Hutton shoots from the edge of the box with Morrison screaming for the ball. Wrong option.
    • 21' Morrison already struggling against the two Scottish centre backs in the air.
    • 20' STAT: Possession 50% – 50%.
    • 19' Still no clear cut chances on goal, the closest being that Gareth Bale effort from range.
    • 18' Commons takes but the linesman’s flag is up for offside against Morrison. Waste.
    • 17' Good run by Commons and he wins a free kick in a very dangerous area.
    • 16' You can already feel the tension and both managers rightly look edgy on the sidelines.
    • 15' Good battle developing between Ledley and Hutton. Wales win a throw.
    • 14' Throw to Wales deep inside Scotland territory. Scotland win one back and Hutton takes an age before Caldwell plays it back to McGregor.
    • 12' Late whistle for a foul by Davies. Hutton’s cross comes back off him for a Wales goal kick.
    • 11' Good football from Wales buy Allen’s ball to Gunter drifts out of play. Wales have settled now.
    • 10' It’s been a competitive but cagey opening ten minutes with the midfield battle looking like it will be critical.
    • 9' Maloney cuts inside and is brought down on the edge of the box. Nothing given and Bale breaks and goes for goal from a tight angle. The shot is just wide! Scotland incensed.
    • 8' Foul by Darren Fletcher checking Ramsey and stopping the break away. Cynical but no card.
    • 7' Morrison caught offside again. Good pressure from Wales but McGregor gets it clear.
    • 6' Decent ball from Williams to Bale and he chests down and strikes it over the bar. Ambitious but it’s a first shot.
    • 5' Brown plays it forward to Commons but he commits a foul. Wales have not won for almost a year.
    • 4' Fletcher and Brown have started in a deeper holding position for Scotland. Maloney wins a throw down the right.
    • 3' Scotland win a corner but Wales break clear. Referee Meyer having no nonse after a challenge from Brown. Free kick Wales.
    • 2' Scotland have started the brighter, switching play to either flank. Bad challenge from Vaughan. Free kick Scotland. Another foul by Ramsey another free kick.
    • 1' Fletcher caught offside immediately as McGregor gets an early first touch. Price looks for Morrison and it’s offside for Wales this time.
    • 1' The rousing anthems have finished and referee Florian Meyer blows the whistle to get us underway. Surely defeat for either side would end their chances of qualification and Wales really must win. Both sides playing an attacking 4-3-3 formation with Scotland in their change shirt of white.
    • 19.40 Kick-off is only five minutes away. MATCH ODDS: Wales 9/5, Scotland 6/4, Draw 9/4.
    • 19.35 Expect goals tonight. The Scots have kept just two clean sheets in their last 11 away World Cup qualifiers.
    • 19.30 Wales are in a terrible run of form, having lost all of their last five matches, scoring just one goal in the process. If Wales were to lose today, boss Chris Coleman will set a new record for a Welsh boss as none has lost their first five games. Check the group A results, fixtures and standings here.
    • 19.25 Wales have won four and lost just one of their last six matches with Scotland (W4 D1 L1), although that defeat did come in their last meeting in Dublin in 2011. But history is against Scotland as they have only won once in Cardiff in 50 years.
    • 19.20 Chris Coleman: “Craig’s a big boy and he’ll know international football is war. You have less games so less time to get things right and when a nation’s looking at you it’s different from when you are with a club. Craig’s been there much longer than I have and he can handle that. Once you start worrying and looking at the negative side of things, it stops you making the right decisions. Craig will do what he feels is right to win the game and I’ll do the same."
    • 19.15 Craig Levein: “Having Steven Fletcher back is also great and he has been excellent in training this week. Steven has been different class. But I’m good. I’m looking forward to it. I always thought when Wales came out of the hat, it was one to look forward to. There is the extra added spice of it being a home international. Who knows how Wales will react to their defeat, though. You look back through history and some teams respond in a positive way to prove it was a one-off."
    • 19.10 Wales are without defender Adam Matthews tonight after the highly-rated Celtic full-back failed to shake off an ankle injury, so he joins Neil Taylor and James Collins and a whole host of others on the sidelines.
    • 19.05 In 11 away games since Steven Fletcher last played for Scotland (in Sweden in August 2010); the national side have scored just 12 times. Fletcher has scored 29 times in all competitions in that time period.
    • 19.00 Darren Fletcher: "I feel fit, I feel strong and I feel ready for the games. It's great to be back. I'm just desperate to start. Hopefully I'm playing and I can do my part in getting a good result for Scotland."
    • 18.55 SCOTLAND: McGregor, Hutton, Berra, Caldwell, Fox, D Fletcher, Brown, Commons, Morrison, Maloney, S Fletcher /// WALES: Price, Gunter, Davies, Vaughan, Blake, Williams, Allen, Ledley, Morison, Ramsey, Bale.
    • 18.50 The big news for Scotland is that Darren Fletcher is fit to start, ending an 11 month exodus due to chronic bowel problems. There is further good news for Scotland fans with Scott Brown also raring to go after missing out on the opening two draws against Serbia and Macedonia and Steven Fletcher also features.
    • 18.45 Hello and welcome to our LIVE match coverage of the crucial Group A World Cup qualifier between Wales and Scotland from the Cardiff City Stadium, kick off 19.45 BST. Match preview
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  • Wales

    Manager: Chris Coleman

  • Scotland

    Manager: Craig Levein

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