Wednesday August 10, 2011 Friendlies Finished Cardiff City Stadium

Wales 1 - 2 Australia

  • Blake 82’
  • Cahill 44’
  • Kruse 60’

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  1. Euro 2012 qual. - Wales beaten by Aussies

    Euro 2012 qual. - Wales beaten by Aussies

    Wales suffered a 2-1 friendly defeat to Australia at Cardiff City Stadium, as manager Gary Speed’s miserable start to the job continued. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Wales
    • Australia
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle. Australia run out 2-1 winners at Cardiff City Stadium, to make it four defeats from five for new Wales manager Gary Speed. Wales showed some signs of life towards the end, but it was too little, too late for the home side. Thanks for joining me!
    • 90+3 Bale's overhit centre could prove the last meaningful action of the night.
    • 90+2 McDonald is replaced by Jedinak for Australia. He'll enjoy his few seconds...
    • 90+1' Bale tries a piece of fancy footwork by the touchline, but three Australian defenders make sure it doesn't have the desired effect.
    • 90' Bale cuts inside and crashes a shot towards goal...Spiranovic bravely puts his head in the way of it.
    • 89' Allen is making his presence felt in midfield, linking play really well.
    • 88' Neill thumps a clearance into touch as Australia show a few signs of late nerves.
    • 86' Wales sense their chance here. There's a newfound urgency to their attacking play now.
    • 85' Penalty shout for Wales. Spiranovic shoulders the ball out of play and Wales want handball. It would have been very, very harsh.
    • 82' GOAL! Australia let the ball bounce from a corner on the right and Blake reacts quickest to head home from 12 yards and give Wales a lifeline.
    • 80' A shout of 'Come on Wales' bellows out from the stands. You can't help think playing in front of a crowd this small hasn't helped the home side tonight.
    • 79' Hennessey smashes the ball clear for Wales, only for Australia to thump it all the way back again.
    • 78' Morison almost onto a long ball forward for Wales, but Australia react swiftly to snuff out the danger.
    • 74' Good run from Bale, but his pass into Bellamy is intercepted.
    • 72' Bellamy really is working himself into the ground tonight. It's hard to imagine he won't be playing the Premier League this season...surely somebody needs him, whatever his wages.
    • 71' Bellamy drives into the Australia box, but his shot on the angle is blocked.
    • 70' More changes to report. Troisi replaces Cahill for Australia, Allen on for Vaughan for Wales.
    • 69' Wales could use at least a consolation for their confidence here.
    • 68' Australia have been very effective tonight. They work hard and defend in numbers. Going forward they look sharp and inventive.
    • 66' Williams with a well-timed tackle to deny Kruse inside the six-yard box.
    • 65' Kilkenny lets fly from the edge of the box. His effort is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 64' Good link-up play between Bellamy and Collison, but Bellamy's cut-back doesn't find a red shirt in the box.
    • 63' Hennessey comes to claim a high ball confidently and gives Matthews an early touch on the right.
    • 62' Norwich City's Steve Morison replaces Rob Earnshaw for Wales. Adam Matthews comes on for Gunter.
    • 61' Wales have had far more possesion tonight, but they simply don't have the cut and thrust going forward.
    • 60' GOAL! Lovely stuff from Australia, who cut the Wales defence to shreds. Cahill plays in McDonald on the right, whose cross is only parried by Hennessey...straight into the path of substitute Kruse, who slots home with ease. Australia lead 2-0!
    • 58' Bale almost catches Neill out for pace, but the Australian just gets there in time to avoid allowing him clean run on goal.
    • 56' Bale tries his luck from 30 yards with the free-kick, but his effort is high and wide. He's starting to come into the game a little more now.
    • 55' Bale is stopped in his tracks by a crude tackle from Zullo, who earns himself a booking.
    • 52' Kruse again causing problems in the Wales box. The game appears to be opening up a bit here, more goals could be on the cards at this rate.
    • 51' Collison with a decent effort for Wales, his left-footed shot a foot wide of the left upright.
    • 50' Those changes for you. Collison and Blake have replaced Ramsey and Gabbidon for Wales. Kruse and Williams on for Wilkshere and Emerton for Australia.
    • 49' Wales win a corner on the left that Schwarzer does well to punch clear under pressure
    • 47' So close to a second for Australia! Substitute Kruse sees his effort blocked by Hennessey, before Valeri's shot strikes the upright. Wales lucky to escape.
    • 46' The second half is underway and we've got four changes to report. Give me a minute to get you the details on those!
    • 45' There's the half-time whistle and Australia go into the break with a 1-0 advantage. Both sides have had their share of possession, but ultimately Wales have failed to produce the goods in the final third. Cahill's moment of quality separates them.
    • 44' GOAL! Wilkshere with a pin-point cross from the right and Cahill swivels to volley a low finish past Hennessey! Australia lead 1-0!
    • 43' Big penalty shout for Wales! Bale bursts into the box and goes to ground after a shoulder from Emerton. The referee waves it away, and replays show he probably got it right. Bale went down easily there.
    • 41' Bellamy whacks into Kilkenny from behind but somehow escapes a booking. He really could start a scrap in a paper bag. But at least he's bringing some intensity to the evening.
    • 40' Ashley Williams with a good read to intercept an Australian through-ball and clear his lines.
    • 39' Bale with a fine first touch to control a long ball over his shoulder. He cuts inside and tries a ball across the box, but it's intercepted.
    • 38' Australia have probably just edged the first half so far. They look a touch sharper than Wales.
    • 36' Bellamy is putting in a good shift for Wales. He's probably seen more of the ball than anybody else on the pitch so far.
    • 35' WILKSHIRE! What a hit from the full-back, whose thumping drive crashes against the post. Maybe that will spark this contest into life!
    • 34' Australia are defending like their existence as a footballing nation is at stake. Every time Bale or Bellamy get a sniff they're surrounded by two or three players.
    • 33' McKay smashes a wild shot miles over the bar to provide us with some entertainment.
    • 32' Half an hour in and still not a clear-cut opening or a meaningful shot on goal to report.
    • 31' Bellamy chases back and is penalised for a foul from behind. His verbal assault on the referee would suggest he doesn't like the decision.
    • 30' Nice little spell of possesion for Wales, before Australia break away through Emerton. His cross is collected by Hennessey.
    • 29' Good work from Bellamy on the right, who takes on his man and gets a ball into the near post. Australia scramble it clear.
    • 28' Emerton given another one to chase. This time Hennessey comes across and gets his body in the way to secure a goal-kick for Wales.
    • 26' Australia look extremely well organised out there, defending as a team and closing down everything.
    • 25' Bellamy with a cross from the right, but yet again the delivery is poor.
    • 24' Brett Emerton is given one to chase on the right, but the Blackburn midfielder can't quite catch it.
    • 23' Bales's ball has too much on it, nobody gets close to it.
    • 22' Bellamy cuts in from the right and tries a shot. It's deflected behind for a corner.
    • 21' Bale swings a corner over for Wales....well claimed by veteran Mark Schwarzer.
    • 20' Carl Vileri steals the ball from Ramsey and burst through towards goal, but his shot from the edge of the box is woeful.
    • 19' Free-kick to Australia, 25 yards out. Wilkshire's effort crashes into the wall and Wales clear.
    • 18' No real rhythm to the game so far. Neither side has managed to produce a good final ball.
    • 16' Joe Ledley wins a free-kick for Wales. They look to drive forward, but Ramsey's cross-field pass is weak. He gets a rollicking from Bellamy.
    • 15' McDonald caught by the Wales offside trap.
    • 14' I take that back! David Vaughan clatters into McDonald in the centre circle. Lucky to escape a booking.
    • 13' Danny Gabbidon penalised for a high boot 35 yards out. Matt McKay sends over a teasing left-footed delivery, but nobody can get to it.
    • 12' Fairly decent tempo so far for a friendly. Not many tackles flying in yet however.
    • 11' Aaron Ramsey with a chance to release Bellamy, but he puts too much on the pass.
    • 10' Lucas Neill with a hopeful long ball forward for Australia. It goes straight through to Wayne Hennessey in the Wales goal.
    • 8' Wales have been drawn in qualifying Group A with Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Scotland and Macedonia - who are of course managed by their ex-manager John Toshack.
    • 7' Wales manager Speed talked about this being the first step towards 2014 World Cup qualification tonight.
    • 6' Luke Wilkshire whips over two successive corners, both of which ask questions. He gets another chance to cross from open play, but this time over-hits his delivery.
    • 5' Scott McDonald's hard work earns Australia the first corner of the match.
    • 4' Bale's flick-on releases Neil Taylor on the left, but the referee's assistant has his flag up. The ball went behind for a throw-in as Bale headed it.
    • 3' Gareth Bale in with a well-timed sliding challenge on the left. The Tottenham midfielder is playing his first international for 10 months tonight.
    • 2' Craig Bellamy buzzing around early for Wales, dropping back to link play nicely.
    • 1' And we're underway at the Cardiff City Stadium, before what has to be said is a very sparce crowd indeed.
    • 19:40 Australia starting XI: Schwarzer, Neill, Cahill, Spiranovic, Emerton, Wilkshere, McDonald, Zullo, Valeri, McKay, Kilkenny // Subs: Williams, Troisi, Sarota, Jedinak
    • 19:31 Wales starting XI: Hennessey, Gunter, Taylor, Gabbidon, Williams, Vaughan, Ledley, Ramsey, Bellamy, Bale, Earnshaw // Subs: Myhill, Eardley, Collison, D Collins, Matthews, Robson-Kanu, Morison, King, T-Jones, Blake, Allen
    • 18:59 Evening all, we'll be bringing you the teams as soon as they come in. Wales are expecting to field Gareth Bale for the first time under new manager Gary Speed tonight.
    • 17:45 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Wales's friendly against Australia- we'll be here with all the build-up from around 7pm BST.
  • Summary

    • 82' GOAL! Australia let the ball bounce from a corner on the right and Blake reacts quickest to head home from 12 yards and give Wales a lifeline.
    • 60' GOAL! Lovely stuff from Australia, who cut the Wales defence to shreds. Cahill plays in McDonald on the right, whose cross is only parried by Hennessey...straight into the path of substitute Kruse, who slots home with ease. Australia lead 2-0!
    • 44' GOAL! Wilkshere with a pin-point cross from the right and Cahill swivels to volley a low finish past Hennessey! Australia lead 1-0!
    • 43' Big penalty shout for Wales! Bale bursts into the box and goes to ground after a shoulder from Emerton. The referee waves it away, and replays show he probably got it right. Bale went down easily there.
    • 35' WILKSHIRE! What a hit from the full-back, whose thumping drive crashes against the post. Maybe that will spark this contest into life!
    • 19:40 Australia starting XI: Schwarzer, Neill, Cahill, Spiranovic, Emerton, Wilkshere, McDonald, Zullo, Valeri, McKay, Kilkenny // Subs: Williams, Troisi, Sarota, Jedinak
    • 19:31 Wales starting XI: Hennessey, Gunter, Taylor, Gabbidon, Williams, Vaughan, Ledley, Ramsey, Bellamy, Bale, Earnshaw // Subs: Myhill, Eardley, Collison, D Collins, Matthews, Robson-Kanu, Morison, King, T-Jones, Blake, Allen

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Wales

    Manager: Gary Speed

  • Australia

    Manager: Holger Osieck

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