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Bellamy writes off Wales chances

Craig Bellamy
Bellamy pulled no punches after Wales' defeat at home to Finland

Captain Craig Bellamy concedes Wales have no hope of qualifying for next year's World Cup after being beaten 2-0 by Finland at the Millennium Stadium.

In a damning verdict, he said: "You've probably seen two poor sides trying to contest this group and none have a glimmer of hope of qualifying.

"That is fact on what I have just seen today against Finland.

"Where do we go from here? God knows. I do feel we are a better side although we've just lost."

Jonatan Johansson put Finland ahead two minutes before the break, capitalising on Jari Litmanen's neat through-ball.

And Crystal Palace striker Shefki Kuqi sealed the win in injury time as Finland climbed above Wales in the Group Four table.

Wales are now fourth on six points, three points behind Russia in second place who have a game in hand.

On Johansson's goal, Bellamy added: "They sucker-punched us really.

"Johansson scored but I don't know how. I don't think he is a good enough player to score.

"We were just poor to be honest."

Manager John Toshack offered no excuses for Wales' defeat.

"The side that lost today would be virtually out of it," he said.

"We have five games left and even if we win all five of them, it might not be enough.

"I've no complaints overall, the Fins deserved their win and good luck to them."

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