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Five-star Wales on fire

Five-star Wales on fire (©PAphotos)
Five-star Wales on fire (©PAphotos).

Wales completed preparations for their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign by sinking minnows Luxembourg 5-1 in predictable fashion at Parc-y-Scarlets.

First international goals for David Cotterill, Andy King and Ashley Williams, plus a Joe Ledley penalty and late Craig Bellamy strike, underpinned Wales' sixth successive victory over Luxembourg.

Luxembourg were level at half-time following a spectacular Joel Kitenge effort, and only in the second period did Wales produce sustained passages of attacking play.

Skipper Bellamy, whose future at Manchester City is the subject of intense debate, relished a rare 90-minute workout.

Bellamy has hardly featured for City during preparations for the new Premier League season, but his appetite, industry and support-play showed he remains a class act - whether he remains at Eastlands or not.

His goal capped a superb display on his first international appearance this year, and boss John Toshack will hope his star man's future can be resolved one way or the other sooner, rather than later.

Luxembourg had no answer to Bellamy's pace and guile down the left-hand side.

But there were also strong contributions from Nottingham Forest's Chris Gunter and Swansea defender Williams, while Millwall striker Steve Morison proved a hard-working debutant.

The first-half was a laboured and disjointed affair, yet once Wales got their passing game going and maintained a high tempo, they created numerous chances.

Luxembourg inevitably folded under such sustained pressure, and they played the final 13 minutes with 10 men after Mario Mutsch was dismissed for a second yellow card.

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