Slick Wales sweep Luxembourg aside

Published: Tuesday 31 March 2009, 21.15CET
Wales 5-1 Luxembourg
Brian Flynn's team kick-started their qualifying campaign as an emphatic first-half performance set up an easy win at the Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli.
by Trevor Haylett
Slick Wales sweep Luxembourg aside
Simon Church was one of five Wales scorers ©Getty Images

Match statistics

WalesLuxembourg

Goals scored5
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts5
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0

Matches

Published: Tuesday 31 March 2009, 21.15CET

Slick Wales sweep Luxembourg aside

Wales 5-1 Luxembourg
Brian Flynn's team kick-started their qualifying campaign as an emphatic first-half performance set up an easy win at the Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli.

Wales kick-started their 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign as an emphatic first-half performance set up a comfortable win against Luxembourg at the Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli.

Recovery
Brian Flynn's team drew 0-0 away to Luxembourg on Friday in Group 3's opening fixture, but made easy work of it on home turf going in for half-time 4-0 up and were in cruise control for most of the evening.

Bright start
Neil Eardley settled early nerves when he scored his first goal at this level when he slammed Wales ahead from the penalty spot in the tenth minute after Joe Allen had been fouled. The Oldham Athletic AFC defender set up Jonathan Brown for the second soon after and Luxembourg were left badly exposed as Andy King headed the third. Brown was to the fore again before half-time as he provided the cross which enabled Simon Church to score his eighth goal in 12 appearances.

Positive omens
The visitors improved after the break, with substitute Ben Polidori reducing the arrears, but Wales were far from finished and James Wilson completed the scoring eleven minutes from time. "We played better in Luxembourg last week and couldn't score – this time the shots went in and it was a good all-round performance," said Flynn. "We have given seven players their debuts at this level in the two matches, and they have all gained a lot of experience. We have another good bunch of lads coming through."

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Last updated: 30/07/09 15.09CET

Related information

Team profiles

Lineup

Wales

Wales

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

1Christopher Maxwell (GK)1Fabiano Castellani (GK)
2Neal Eardley
Goal11'
2Massimo Martino
3Neil Taylor3Kevin Malget
4Mark Bradley4Tom Siebenaler
5Aaron Morris5Gérard Geisbusch
Substitution37'
6Rhys Williams
Substitution56'
6Andy May (C)
Yellow Card24'
7Joe Allen
Substitution62'
7Clayton Moreira
8Andy King
Goal34'
Substitution46'
8Pit Hilbert
Yellow Card61'
9Simon Church (C)
Goal41'
9Cédric Bastos
10Jonathan Brown
Goal12'
10Christophe Scholer
Substitution46'
11Shaun MacDonald11Dimitri Kitenge
Substitution62'

Substitutes

12Jonathan North (GK)12Jan Arnold (GK)
13Lloyd James13Jeff Wampach
14James Wilson
Substitution56'
Goal79'
14Billy Bernard
15Grant Basey15Kevin Leite
16Joseph Partington
Substitution46'
Yellow Card62'
16Geoffrey Croughs
Substitution37'
Yellow Card43'
17Nathan Craig
Substitution62'
17Ben Polidori
Substitution46'
Goal57'
18Jake Taylor18Mirko Albanese
Substitution62'

Coach

Brian Flynn (WAL) Luc Holtz (LUX)

Referee

Marco Borg (MLT)

Assistant referees

Charles Micallef (MLT), Mariano Debono (MLT)

Fourth official

Silvio Tanti (MLT)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also