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Daniel James’ superb goal enough to earn Wales victory over Belarus

At the age of 21 it seems early to talk about a player having a trademark goal but Daniel James is already making a name for himself with his ability to cut in from the left and effortlessly steer the ball into the opposite corner. Manchester United su…

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Gareth Bale’s winner against Azerbaijan keeps Wales Euro 2020 dreams alive

The script is a familiar one by now but Wales will never tire of the story. With six minutes remaining and Wales’ hopes of qualifying for Euro 2020 hanging by a thread, Gareth Bale once again delivered for his country, heading home from six yards out t…

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Neil Warnock’s future at Cardiff City hangs in the balance after relegation

The 70-year-old manager says he has another season in him but it may have to be elsewhere despite almost keeping up a side that had plenty of grit but significant limitationsWith the dust still to settle on a season that will always be defined by trage…

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Cardiff relegated after Wilfried Zaha leads Crystal Palace to victory

Cardiff have lost their place in the Premier League but not their faith in their manager. Andros Townsend had just scored Crystal Palace’s third goal, ending any hopes Cardiff had of turning this game around and taking their battle for survival to the …

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Jürgen Klopp: players came up with Cardiff corner routine at half-time

• Liverpool manager praises initiative that led to opening goal• Cardiff left pitch in ‘dangerous’ state to unsettle us, says KloppJürgen Klopp praised his players for showing the initiative to come up with the set-piece routine that paved the way for …

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Liverpool back at top after Georginio Wijnaldum inspires win at Cardiff

There is a relentlessness about this title race that is impossible not to admire. Liverpool, playing catch up after Manchester City’s victory 24 hours earlier, once again did everything that was asked of them to regain top spot and leave their rivals w…

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Neil Warnock ‘sickened’ by officials’ decisions as Cardiff lose to Chelsea

• Warnock criticises offside goal and penalty not given• Cardiff manager: ‘At this level these mistakes shouldn’t happen’Neil Warnock vented his anger on the standard of officiating in the Premier League after Chelsea defeated Cardiff in hugely controv…

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Wales up and running after Daniel James’ early strike sinks Slovakia

It was anything but convincing and there were plenty of anxious moments for Wales to endure on an afternoon when Slovakia will wonder how on earth they failed to score, but all that matters for Ryan Giggs and his players right now is that their qualifi…

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Junior Hoilett strike inspires Cardiff to crucial victory over West Ham

This felt like the shot in the arm that Cardiff City’s season so badly needed. Reeling from three straight defeats and a week that their manager, Neil Warnock, described as their worst in the Premier League, Cardiff produced a performance full of endea…

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Junior Hoilett’s stunner grabs comeback victory for Cardiff against Wolves

On the eve of his 70th birthday, Neil Warnock could not have scripted it any better as Cardiff City demonstrated their powers of recovery to come from behind to win at home for the third time this season, courtesy of a wonderful goal from Junior Hoilet…

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Denmark hold on for promotion after Gareth Bale scores in frantic finale

• Wales 1-2 Denmark (Bale 89; N Jørgensen 42, Braithwaite 88)• Result means Republic of Ireland will drop into Group CFor Wales it was a frustrating case of what might have been as their twin hopes of securing a Euro 2020 play-off berth and promotion t…

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Kadeem Harris seals first win for Cardiff against a Fulham in freefall

In the end it felt so predictable. Twenty four hours after Neil Warnock admitted he would not put any money on Cardiff City staying up, his players responded by picking up their first victory of the season to climb out of the bottom three at the expens…

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Cardiff City back in Premier League with Neil Warnock’s eighth promotion

It was carnival time in the Welsh capital as Cardiff City celebrated their return to the Premier League on a day that felt like a personal triumph for Neil Warnock as much as the club. This is Warnock’s eighth promotion – a record that sees him eclipse…

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Wales denied victory after stoppage-time goal by Panama

Full-time: Wales 1-1 PanamaThere were less than three minutes on the clock when the Wales supporters started their campaign to keep Chris Coleman on as manager and it quickly became clear that it was going to be the soundtrack of the evening.“Chrissy C…

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Wales’s World Cup hopes dented by Georgia’s Tornike Okriashvili in draw

This was the day when the path to the World Cup finals in Russia started to become more complicated for Wales. Chris Coleman and his players need no telling there is little margin for error in this qualification campaign, especially when their opponent…

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Gareth Bale will break Ian Rush’s Wales record this campaign, says Coleman

• Bale to be Wales’ all-time top goalscorer in 13 months, says manager
• Coleman admits: ‘I can’t tie down somebody like him’

Chris Coleman believes Gareth Bale will break Ian Rush’s record and become Wales’ all-time leading goalscorer in the current World Cup qualifying campaign after the Real Madrid forward struck twice against Moldova to take his tally for his country to 24. Bale’s double helped Wales to a comfortable 4-0 victory, lifted him above Ivor Allchurch and Trevor Ford into outright second place and, most significantly, within four goals of Rush.

He has now scored 20 goals in his last 31 appearances for his country – only four arrived in the first 31 matches – and Coleman predicts that Rush’s record will fall by the time Wales finish their campaign at home against the Republic of Ireland in October next year.

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Gareth Bale-inspired Wales lead Moldova a merry dance

By the end of the evening it started to feel more like an exhibition match as the Wales supporters worked their way through their full repertoire of songs, Chris Coleman responded to their requests for a wave and Gareth Bale and his team-mates strolle…

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Wales level from the spot after Cathcart gives Northern Ireland the edge

Stuart James Cardiff City Stadium

In many respects it was one of those international friendlies that confirmed what most people already suspected. While Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland team are awkward opponents and far greater than the sum of their parts, Wales without Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey is not something that Chris Coleman wants to contemplate at the European Championship finals this summer.

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Arjen Robben doubles up against Wales to get Holland’s rebuild off the ground

After all the talk about how Wales would cope without Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, the problems ended up being at the other end of the pitch for Chris Coleman’s team on an evening when Arjen Robben scored twice as Holland took their first steps on the road to redemption.

Related: Steven Davis keeps up Northern Ireland feelgood factor with winner

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Wales 1-0 Belgium | Euro 2016 qualifying match report

It will go down as one of the most famous victories in the history of Welsh football and the moment when the dream of qualifying for a major finals for the first time since 1958 moved a step closer to reality. Gareth Bale’s 17th international goal, on a raucous night in the Welsh capital condemned Belgium to their first defeat since losing in the World Cup quarter-finals last summer and allowed Chris Coleman and his players to take control of Group B.

With four qualifying fixtures remaining, Wales are five points clear of third-placed Israel and they still have two home games to come, including the visit of Andorra. Coleman will be at pains to stress his players have achieved nothing yet but this group of players are on the cusp of something special.

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