Tuesday 13 October 2015

Having secured a spot at their first major tournament in 58 years, Wales will go into their final Euro 2016 qualifying game against Andorra in celebratory mood.

Despite losing 2-0 away to Bosnia & Herzegovina on Saturday, Cyprus’ 2-1 defeat of Israel meant the Dragons claimed an automatic qualification place with 18 points to reach the finals in France.

Chris Coleman’s side went into the game needing a point against Bosnia, or for Israel to lose in order to qualify. But they fell to defeat thanks to goals from Milan Djuric and Vedad Ibisevic.

12 June 2015 - UEFA European Champsionship Qualifying - Group B - Wales v Belgium - Gareth Bale of Wales celebrates the win - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Star player Gareth Bale described the game as “the best loss of his life” and manager Coleman said that it is a “dream come true”.

Both teams now have nothing to play for other than pride, with Andorra sitting bottom having failed to pick up a single point. With a -30 goal difference, it’s yet another qualifying campaign to forget for the visitors.

There will be a party atmosphere inside the Cardiff City Stadium, with fans welcoming home their heroes and history makers on Tuesday night.

12 June 2015 - UEFA European Champsionship Qualifying - Group B - Wales v Belgium - Aaron Ramsey of Wales - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

A victory for Wales, matched with Belgium dropping points at home to Israel, will see them top the group and finish off a memorable campaign.

For Andorra, their 50th European Championship game is unlikely to be an upset, even if changes are made by Coleman. But they may be quietly confident, as only a late brace from Bale saw Wales come from behind to narrowly win 2-1 in the reverse fixture 13 months ago.

Bale is available to play with Coleman not under any pressure from Real Madrid to rest the 26-year-old.

The Welsh Player of the Year has scored six of Wales’ nine goals in qualifying and will look to add to his tally in front of the 34,000 sell-out crowd in Cardiff.

Group Position: Wales – 2nd (18 points); Andorra – 6th (0 points)
Last Meeting: Andorra 1–2 Wales (Sepetember 9, 2014)
Key Men: Wales – Gareth Bale; Andorra – Ildefons Lima
Form: Wales – WWWDL; Andorra – LLLLL
Shoot says: Wales 2-0 Andorra

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