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Referee decisions get Toshack ire

Germany defender Serdar Tasci brings down Joe Ledley
Wales boss Toshack feels Serdar Tasci should have been sent off for this incident

Wales manager John Toshack was unhappy with match referee Terje Haunge after their 2-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Germany in Cardiff on Wednesday.

Toshack claimed Germany's first goal by Michael Ballack came from a throw-in that should have gone to Wales.

The Norwegian official also turned down a penalty appeal for handball against German defender Serdar Tasci.

"There's a blatant penalty, Joe Ledley one-on-one in the box, we feel the defender's handled it," Toshack said.

"We've missed three penalty kicks in three games so there's no guarantee we would have scored, but it's a penalty kick and a sending-off.

"We couldn't understand the first goal: the ball's gone out for a throw-in... the linesman's pointed throw-in for us.

"Aaron Ramsey has gone over to that side of the field and they've thrown it in quickly, played it to Ballack who in all fairness has hit a terrific shot.

"But it was in an area where we'd hope Aaron would have normally been in front of him (Ballack).

"So we were disappointed at those two decisions in the first half."

An Ashley Williams own-goal soon after half-time, turning Mario Gomez's cross into his own net, saw Wales go two behind.

Although the margin of defeat was the same as Saturday's home loss to Finland, Toshack felt much happier with the Wales performance.

"It's tough going against a top, top side," Toshack added. "But I thought that they did well our lads.

"There were little mistakes, a little bit of quality missing, but you certainly couldn't fault them coming so soon after Saturday for what they've given.

"It was a big improvement, particularly taking into account... a couple of late withdrawals.

"But they've got to learn from what they were up against today, particularly the younger ones.

"I'm not saying we weren't under the cosh against a very good side - our keeper (Wayne Hennessey) was outstanding.

"But there's two decisions there that instead of being 1-0 behind, we can be one-up at home and playing against 10 men and maybe then it would have been a different game."

After Germany's second win in five days, manager Joachim Low said: "It was extremely important that we won these two games (against Liechtenstein and Wales).

"We now have 16 points from 18 in this group with four games left. That means I am absolutely content with the situation."

Low also played down an on-pitch row between Michael Ballack and Lukas Podolski that needed to be ended by the referee in the second half.

Low said: "I have not had the chance to talk to them about it, but if a captain gives out orders on the pitch it is the duty of any players to carry them out."



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Players need club games - Toshack
29 Mar 09 |  Welsh
Bellamy writes off Wales chances
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Wales 0-2 Finland
28 Mar 09 |  Internationals
Wales' international fixtures
22 Aug 07 |  Internationals
Wales' results 2009
07 Feb 09 |  Internationals
BBC Sport Wales coverage
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