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Ref did me a favour in Cardiff, admits Ballack

Germany captain Michael Ballack knew his 30-yarder that set his nation on the way to victory over Wales should not have been allowed.

And the Chelsea man has revealed he was aware that Wales had been denied a throw-in before he unleashed his shot that set-up a 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory in Cardiff.

Wales are fuming over the injustice after a clear mistake from referee Terje Hauge — with striker Robert Earnshaw insisting the Norwegian official had "killed" his side.

Ballack said: "Yes, I was told it was a Wales throw in prior to my goal. But that is the way things go sometimes in this game. I did strike the ball well for the shot and I am very pleased with the goal. Wales played a very good game against us and made it tough.

"I think they did improve after the Finland game."

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