Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Bellamy stars as Wales crush Luxembourg

Wales 5 Luxembourg 1

Wales completed preparations for their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign by sinking minnows Luxembourg in predictable fashion at Parc-y-Scarlets.

First international goals for David Cotterill, Andy King and Ashley Williams, plus a Joe Ledley penalty and late Craig Bellamy strike, underpinned Wales' sixth successive victory over Luxembourg.

Manager John Toshack though, will be the first to admit his team require an improvement to challenge group rivals England, Switzerland, Montenegro and Bulgaria.

Luxembourg were level at half-time following a spectacular Joel Kitenge effort, and only in the second period did Wales produce sustained passages of attacking play.

Luxembourg had no answer to Bellamy's pace and guile down the left-hand side and inevitably folded under such sustained pressure, and they played the final 13 minutes of the game with 10 men after Mario Mutsch was dismissed for a second yellow card.

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