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Wednesday, 16 October, 2002, 20:41 GMT 21:41 UK
Bellamy burst stuns the Azzurri
Simon Davies
Simon Davies celebrates Wales' opening goal
Wales 2-1 Italy

Craig Bellamy sank Italy and sealed a famous Wales victory with a second-half winner at the Millennium Stadium.

The Welsh resurgence under boss Mark Hughes hit new heights as they recorded only their second win against Italy and surged to the top of Group Nine.

  Key moments
12 mins: Bellamy bursts down the right to feed Simon Davies who hammers in the opener
30 mins: Del Piero's free kick loops off Mark Delaney to leave Paul Jones stranded
70 mins: John Hartson slides the ball through to Bellamy who rounds Buffon for the winner

It was night of raw passion in Cardiff - and Wales responded with a performance that matched the mood.

Bellamy created Wales' opener for Simon Davies early in the first half, but an Alessandro Del Piero free kick brought the Azzurri level by half time.

The home side dominated the second half with an energetic, free-flowing display, however, to leave three-time World Cup-winners Italy a well-beaten side.

The Cardiff atmosphere was fervent and furious, with the crowd fired by performances from the Manic Street Preachers and Bryn Terfel.

Alessandro Del Piero
Alessandro Del Piero got the Italian equaliser

Wales were quick off the mark with Bellamy and Mark Delaney causing havoc down the right as Wales went ahead after 12 minutes.

Bellamy fed Davies, and Wales' footballer of the year found the perfect angle to beat Buffon.

Italy equalised in the 30th minute, as Del Piero free-kick took a cruel deflection off Mark Delaney and looped over Paul Jones.

  Wales v Italy history
Florence 1965: Italy 4-1 Wales
Cardiff 1968: Wales 0-1 Italy
Rome 1969: Italy 4-1 Wales
Brescia 1988: Italy 0-1 Wales
Terni 1996: Italy 3-0 Wales
Liverpool 1998: Wales 0-2 Italy
Bologna 1999: Italy 4-0 Wales
Cardiff 2002: Wales 2-1 Italy

Andrea Pirlo and Del Piero went close early in the second half, but then a great piece of skill from Hartson saw him slide the ball into Bellamy's path.

Bellamy, showing no ill effects from his knee injury, out-paced the covering defence, showed the composure to round Buffon, and slid the ball in.

Wales' new spirit then came to the fore as they held on for a well-deserved victory.

Wales: Paul Jones, Delaney, Melville, Gabbidon, Speed, Davies, Savage, Pembridge, Giggs, Bellamy, Hartson. Subs: Page, Johnson, Legg, Earnshaw, Carl Robinson, Weston, Crossley.

Italy: Buffon, Panucci, Cannavaro, Nesta, Zauri, Di Biagio, Ambrosini, Pirlo, Tommasi, Del Piero, Montella. Subs: Abbiati, Adani, Iuliano, Oddo, Gattuso, Maccarone, Marazzina.

Referee: Giles Veissiere (France)

Attendance: 72,500

BBC Sport's Ian Brown
"Wales were the more skilful side"
Wales boss Mark Hughes
"It was an exceptional performance"
Welsh stars Craig Bellamy and John Hartson
"It's a great night for Welsh football"
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