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Luxembourg 0-2 Wales

By David Dulin

Freddy Eastwood
Eastwood led from the front in Wales' victory over Luxembourg

Freddy Eastwood grabbed a brace as Wales strolled to a comfortable win over a poor Luxembourg side.

The out-of-favour Wolves striker scored either side of the break first cutting inside from Jason Koumas' cross and then pouncing on Simon Davies pass.

It took his goals tally for his country to four in a game that failed to burst into any life.

Wigan's David Cotterill hit the post late-on as Wales controlled without needing to put in much effort.

But they could have been behind early on after a mix-up between debutant Ashley Williams and goalkeeper Lewis Price.

A lack of communication almost allowed Alphonse Leweck to profit from an under-hit back pass, before Williams managed to usher the ball to safety in an otherwise solid start.

It took Wales 15 minutes to settle and get their first chance which came from a corner but Carl Fletcher drove right-footed over the bar from 25 yards.

606: DEBATE

Lewin Nyatanga did have the ball in the net for Wales three minutes later from a Jason Koumas free-kick, only for it to be ruled out for offside.

Luxembourg tried to play passing football but never really looked like threatening and spent much of the first half defending.

The visitors were finding it difficult to put some fluency into their game and break down their hosts, but seven minutes before the break, they finally made the breakthrough.

Koumas found Eastwood on the right who controlled well, cut into the box and passed two players before firing right-footed into the bottom corner.

Eastwood almost pounced again when Luxembourg keeper Jonathan Joubert let a back-pass roll off his shin before he managed to scramble the ball clear.

He did though get his second three minutes after the restart.

Davies - winning his 50th cap - was somehow deemed to be onside down the right and he darted into the box before cutting back for Eastwood to score.

Manager John Toshack handed out debuts to Hull goalkeeper Boaz Myhill and Swansea's injury-plagued midfielder Owain Tudur Jones in the second half.

It has taken Jones two years to get this far after suffering 16 months of knee and ankle injuries since his first abortive call-up by Toshack.

As the game went on, the quality of football worsened with neither side really creating anything.

Substitute Cotterill did hit the post on 77 minutes from Davies' through-ball but chances were few and far between.


Luxembourg: Joubert, Lang (Peters 66), Kintziger, Hoffmann, Wagner, Leweck (Da Mota Alves 66), Strasser, Joachim (Kitenge 66), Remy, Mutsch, Oberweis.
Subs Not Used: Bigard, Collette, Lucic, Ferreira, Scholer.

Booked: Strasser.

Wales: Price (Myhill 46), Eardley (Duffy 64), Ricketts, Williams, Morgan, Nyatanga, Eastwood, Fletcher (Cotterill 74), Koumas (Nardiello 84), Simon Davies, Easter (Tudur-Jones 46).
Subs Not Used: Stock, Roberts.

Booked: Morgan.

Goals: Eastwood 37, 46.

Att: 3,000

Ref: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland).


see also
Kevin Ratcliffe on Wales
27 Mar 08 |  Internationals
Wednesday's football photos
26 Mar 08 |  Football
International football as it happened
26 Mar 08 |  Internationals
Key players out of Wales friendly
17 Mar 08 |  Internationals
Country profile: Luxembourg
29 Jan 08 |  Country profiles


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