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Wales deserve Euro qualification after Cyprus victory

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Gareth Bale's sheer strength in the 82nd minute was the only significant difference in a match Wales failed to dominate, on a difficult night in Cyprus last week.

In fact, at times, Cyprus played with more composure and intent than their FIFA ranking suggests - which is 77 rankings below opponents Wales. Cyprus showed resilience, even stubbornness, in their attempts to thwart their opponents.

Cyprus good opponents

But, lower ranked teams, as proves so often the case, up their game a level, knowing a win or draw can improve team confidence greatly. That was certainly on show last night and coach Charalampos Christodoulou showed a passion on the sidelines akin to some of the best coaches in the business.

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The Cyprus coach can be proud of his team and their performance on the night for sure - they made life very difficult for Wales.

Wales win

From the Welsh perspective, it was a good result on a difficult night in hot conditions.

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With Chris Coleman bemoaning the fact the pitch wasn't good either and the refereeing not much better, he was quick to point out it wasn't a great performance by his team, but as is the case so often, good teams can still get results and Wales did that.

The manager is also very aware that their next opponents, Israel, will pose a more dangerous threat on Sunday, so although he encouraged the nation to start celebrating; he certainly maintained his side still have a job to do to qualify for the Euros.

Wales to qualify?

At this stage however, one cannot imagine Wales not qualifying for their first tournament in 58 years.

If they continue to stay focussed as a team, and with Bale in a rich vein of form, it would take an extreme turn of unfortunate events to deny a nation so richly deserving of an appearance in a major tournament.

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