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Wales claim vital victory

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22:02 22nd March 2013

. . . Williams and Davies feature in Wales win


Wales came from behind again to beat Scotland 2-1 and keep their 2014 World Cup qualification hopes alive in Group A.
Captain Ashley Williams and Ben Davies both featured for the whole 90 minutes as Chris Coleman’s side completed the double over the Scots, who were led for the first time in a competitive game by Gordon Strachan.
Despite dominating the first half, the visitors were behind at the break after Grant Hanley rose highest to head home a corner in added-on time.
But Welsh hopes stepped up a gear as Scotland were reduced to ten men just past the hour after Robert Snodgrass was dismissed after receiving his second booking for fouling Chris Gunter in the box.
With first-choice penalty-taker Gareth Bale replaced at half-time, up stepped Aaron Ramsey to level from the spot.
Things got better for Wales 60 seconds later as Hal Robson-Kanu nodded in substitute Andy King’s cross.
Ramsey was then sent off in added on time after he brought down James McArthur, who was in on goal, but they held on for what could prove a crucial victory as they moved up to third ahead of Tuesday night’s match with Croatia at the Liberty Stadium.
Meanwhile, Jonathan de Guzman started for Holland as they beat Estonia 3-0. The Swans loanee was replaced with five minutes left, while Michel Vorm was an unused sub.
Itay Shechter was also an unused sub as Israel drew 3-3 with Portugal.

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