WALES (0) 0 BULGARIA (0) 1
Bulgaria: Popov 48
Brian Flynn’s first game in charge ended in a disappointing defeat against Bulgaria. Defeat in Cardiff leave Wales with no points from the opening two games in Group G.
Full Time: Wales 0 Bulgaria 1. Att 14,061
94 min. Gunter off. Straight red card.
92 min. Bulgaria are looking dangerous as Wales look for an equaliser.
90 min. 5 mins added time.
90 min. Bulgaria break away on the right, Yankov’s shot is saved well by Hennessey.
89 min. Great cross from Bale on the right, Robson-Kanu’s header just goes over the bar.
86 min. Gunter defends well, and set Wales on another attack, foul on Robson-Kanu. Free kick Wales.
82 min. Sub on: Robson-Kanu for Morison.
80 min. Bulgaria break well, and look dangerous, Ricketts lucky to get away with a shoulder charge.
79 min. Foul on Bale on the left, free kick comes to nothing.
76 min. Free kick Wales on the left, taken by Bale find Collins on the far post his header goes over.
68 min. Sub on: Church for Edwards.
67 min. Foul by James Collins on Makriev, Free kick Bulgaria 24 yards out from Georgiev is pushed away by Hennessey, corner Bulgaria, Wales clear the danger, goal kick Wales.
65 min. A run by Bale down the left, his cross goes over the line for a goal kick.
64 min. A quick free kick by Stiliyan Petrov from 45 yards flies over the bar.
61 min. Good play in midfield by Vaughan, sets Bale away on the right, his cross is cleared for a corner.
59 min. Sub on: King for Ledley.
56 min. A good through ball to Morison, he passes the last defender, 14 yards out on the right side, he shoots, Mihailov saves well, corner Wales.
54 min. A quick break by Bulgaria, Petrov’s left foot shot from outside the area goes wide.
51 min. A 35 yard shot from Stiliyan Petrov, is pushed away by Hennessey for a corner.
48 min. Good work by Bulgaria on the right, ball comes into the box for Popov, his right foot shot goes past Hennessey and in off the post. Wales 0 Bulgaria 1.
47 min. Bulgaria come close, with efforts from Stiliyan and Martin Petrov blocked by the Wales defence.
Half Time: Wales 0 Bulgaria 0.
45 min+2. Long range effort by Popov goes over the bar
45 min. Bale’s dangerous cross with his right foot on the right, is cleared to Danny Collins on the left, his excellent cross is meet by Morison, but his downward header from 6 yards out is saved well by Mihailov.
44 min. Makriev and Popov combine, but Ricketts clears the danger.
43 min. Great run by Bale down the middle, Bulgaria finally stop in, and clear the danger.
42 min. Yellow card Ricketts, now suspended for the game against Switzerland.
38 min. Morison and Ledley combine well, a great cross from the left by Ledley, flashes across the 6 yard box, Bale just missing it.
37 min. Good play on the Wales left by Bulgaria, shot by Martin Petrov goes over.
33 min. Good ball by Collins into Morison, he turns but Bulgaria defend it well.
29 min. Popov again causing problems to the Wales defence, corner Bulgaria on the left, Hennessey saves well.
28 min. Good move from Wales on the right between Gunter and Morison, Bulgaria clear the danger.
24 min. Poor marking by Wales on the right, let in Bulgaria, but they fail to take the opportunity.
19 min. Good work between Collins, Morison and Bale earn Wales a corner on the left.
10 min. Mistake in midfield for Wales, lets in Petrov, his shot from 18 yards is saved well by Hennessey.
8 min. Good work by Ledley and Bale on the left, Ledley’s cross finds Gunter coming in from the right, his shot goes narrowly wide.
7 min. A quick free kick by Edwards is intercepted, Bulgaria are quick on the break, and get a corner, Hennessey saves well.
3 min. Handball by Bulgaria, Free kick on the right for Wales comes to nothing.
Wales line up:
1. Wayne Hennessey (Wolves), 2. Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), 3. Danny Collins (Stoke City), 4. Ashley Williams (Swansea City) Capt, 5. James Collins (Aston Villa), 6. Sam Ricketts (Bolton), 7. David Edwards (Wolves), 8. David Vaughan (Blackpool), 9. Steve Morison (Millwall), 10. Joe Ledley (Celtic), 11. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
Subs: 12. Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion), 13. Darcy Blake (Cardiff City), 14. Christian Ribeiro (Bristol City), 15. Andy King (Leicester City), 16. Andrew Crofts (Norwich City), 17. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), 18. Simon Church (Reading).
updated: Fri, 8 October, 2010 21:30 UK.
Both Ched Evans and Joe Allen are out due to groin injuries. Both players have returned to their clubs, for treatment. "Both have gone back to their clubs for intensive treatment and we are going to reassess the situation on Saturday." - Brian Flynn.
Defender Adam Matthews (Cardiff City) has been added to the squad.
Ashley Williams has been confirmed as captain. Tickets are selling well for the game, and it is hoped that fans will buy their tickets before the day of the game to ease congestion issues at the stadium.
TICKET NEWS: The 'Advance' ticket price for the Wales v Bulgaria Euro qualifier will apply on match day until 5pm. After this time, the higher priced 'Match Day' price will apply. This will increase ticket prices by £5 per ticket.
Euro 2012: Wales v Bulgaria.
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff.
Date: Friday 8th October 2010.
Kick off: 7.30pm.
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden).
LIVE: Live on Sky Sports 3.
Robert Earnshaw has been forced to withdraw from the squad with a thigh injury. Neal Eardley is also out with an ankle injury, whilst Brian Stock is out with a back problem. Danny Gabbidon is another to withdraw after retiring from International football.
There is a first senior call-up for Southampton's Ryan Doble. Also called up are Swansea defender Neil Taylor, Darcy Blake (Cardiff City) and Norwich City midfielder Andrew Crofts.
Squad have meet up on Monday afternoon (4th October). The squad will also be at the FAW awards dinner on Monday evening.
So far around 9,000 tickets have been sold. (upto Friday 01/10.)
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Caretaker boss Brian Flynn
, has named the Wales squad.
The squad sees two uncapped players - David Cornell (Swansea City) and Jonathan Bond (Watford). Both are included to give them an early taste of the senior international set-up.
There is a recall for Stoke City's defender, Danny Collins, who is back in the squad for the first time since August 2007.
Goalkeepers: Jonathan Bond (Watford), David Cornell (Swansea City), Wayne Hennessey (Wolves), Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion).
Defenders: Danny Collins (Stoke City), James Collins (Aston Villa), Neal Eardley (Blackpool), Danny Gabbidon (West Ham United), Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Christian Ribeiro (Bristol City), Sam Ricketts (Bolton Wanderers), Ashley Williams (Swansea City).
Midfielders: Joe Allen (Swansea City), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), David Edwards (Wolves), Andy King (Leicester City), Joe Ledley (Celtic), Brian Stock (Doncaster Rovers), David Vaughan (Blackpool).
Forwards: Simon Church (Reading), Robert Earnshaw (Nottingham Forest), Ched Evans (Sheffield United), Steve Morison (Millwall), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).
Bulgaria squad (overseas players only, home based players will be added shortly).
Goalkeepers: Nikolay Mihaylov (Twente Enschede), Vladislav Stoyanov (Sherif Tiraspol).
Defenders: Zhivko Milanov (Vaslui), Valentin Iliev (Universitatea Kraiova), Ivan Ivanov (Alania Vladikavkaz).
Midfielders: Stilian Petrov (Aston Villa), Stanislav Angelov (Steaua), Chavdar Yankov (Rostov), Georgi Peev (Amkar Perm), Blagoy Georgiev (Terek Groznyi), Nikolay Dimitrov (Kasimpasa), Ivan Stoyanov (Alania Vladikavkaz).
Strikers: Valeri Bojinov (Parma), Martin Petrov (Bolton Wanderers), Dimitar Rangelov (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Ivelin Popov (Gaziantepspor), Valeri Domovchiyski (Hertha Berlin), Dimitar Makriev (Ashdod).
So far around 7,000 tickets have been sold. (upto Friday 24/09.)
Ticket sales information will follow shortly. Supporters are urged to join the Wales Supporters Club scheme that will ensure they are able to purchase match tickets for all of the Wales home matches. For further information, visit the FAW website - www.faw.org.uk
"I am delighted that we will open our home campaign at the Cardiff City Stadium. All the players appreciated the atmosphere and great facilities at the stadium when we played Scotland there last November. I feel certain the support we will get will give us a great start to the campaign" - John Toshack.
A decision on the venue does not have to be made until 60 days before the game.