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6:00 PM
05/06/21
Cardiff City Stadium
International friendlies • Regular
  • 2nd Half
  • Wales
  • Albania
  • Abrashi
    83'
  • Mepham
    83'
  • Laci
    83'
  • ManajSeferi
    77'
  • BrooksWilliams
    76'
  • CekiciKallaku
    76'
  • BareLaci
    76'
  • RobertsBale
    71'
  • RamseyWilson
    61'
  • DaviesRodon
    61'
  • AllenSmith
    61'
  • LenjaniTrashi
    61'
  • BalajÇikalleshi
    60'
  • Norrington-Davies
    58'
  • 1/2 Time
  • Wales
  • Albania
  • DokaVeseli
    45'
  • AmpaduMoore
    45'
  • 1st Half
  • Wales
  • Albania
  • Brooks
    37'
  • Manaj
    37'
  • Ismajli
    28'
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Wales - Albania

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  • End of 2nd Half
92' 

FT: Wales 0 - 0 Albania. This evening's match ends in a goalless draw in a game that was short of goals but not on competitiveness. Wales came out stronger in the second half, with the addition of Wilson, Moore and Bale providing more of a threat to a well organised Albanian defence.

88' 
Wales

The welsh fans are still deep in song despite the goalless scoreline. Is there time for last minute joy for The Dragons?

83' 
Albania

Tempers fray yet again as both Laci and Mepham are booked following a meaty challenge on Jonny Williams.

80' 

Corner for Wales. Wilson to take..

  • Qazim Laci
    OffKeidi BareAlbaniaSUBSTITUTION: Laci is brought on for Albania.
  • Qazim Laci
    OnQazim LaciAlbania
76'

SUBSTITUTION: Laci is brought on for Albania.

  • Taulant Seferi
    OffRey ManajAlbaniaSUBSTITUTION: Manaj is replaced by Seferi.
  • Taulant Seferi
    OnTaulant SeferiAlbania
76'
Albania

SUBSTITUTION: Manaj is replaced by Seferi.

  • Jonny Williams
    OffDavid BrooksWalesSUBSTITUTION: Brooks makes way for Williams.
  • Jonny Williams
    OnJonny WilliamsWales
76'

SUBSTITUTION: Brooks makes way for Williams.

  • Sherif Kallaku
    OffEndri CekiciAlbaniaSUBSTITUTION: Kallaku replaces Cekici.
  • Sherif Kallaku
    OnSherif KallakuAlbania
76'
Albania

SUBSTITUTION: Kallaku replaces Cekici.

74' 
Wales

Wales coming close again. Instant impact from Bale as he sets an inch perfect ball for Moore whose header is fired straight into Selmani's hands.

73' 
Wales

What an effort! Williams launches a fizzing shot at the goal but Selmani unconvincingly palms the ball away.

72' 
Wales

Gareth Bale receives an incredibly warm welcome for the fans as he comes on for the final twenty minutes.

71'
Wales

WALES SUBSTITUTION: Gareth Bale replaces Roberts.

67' 
Wales

Chance for Harry Wilson! The youngster cleverly shrugs off Bare but his shot is pulled wide of the goal.

60'
Wales

WALES SUBSTITUTION: Davies, Allen and Ramsey make way for Rodon, Wilson and Smith.

60' 
Wales

Solid defending from Albania as Wales turn on the pressure. Moore fires a ball across the face of goal but it's cleared by Kumbulla.

56'
Albania

Drama on the touchline...Norrington Davies is booked after he pushed Manaj off the pitch, who inadvertly takes out the Albanian manager Reja.

53' 
Wales

Wales looking sharper since the introduction of Moore. The movement and pace of Ramsey is entertaining some intricate play from Wales in the early stages of the second half.

48' 
Albania

Possession is spilled by Brooks in a dangerous area but Djimsiti's shot travels way beyond the Hennessey's goal.

47' 
Wales

Ramsey is taken down with a concerning blow to his knee, but the Juventus midfielder returns to play.

  • Frédéric Veseli
    OffAlbi DokaAlbaniaALBANIA SUBSTITUTION: Doka is replaced by Veseli.
  • Frédéric Veseli
    OnFrédéric VeseliAlbania
46'
Albania

ALBANIA SUBSTITUTION: Doka is replaced by Veseli.

  • Kieffer Moore
    OffEthan AmpaduWalesWALES SUBSTITUTION: Ampadu makes way for Moore
  • Kieffer Moore
    OnKieffer MooreWales
46'

WALES SUBSTITUTION: Ampadu makes way for Moore

  • End of 1st Half
45' 

HT: 0-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium. Fans have been greeted with a competitive match as both teams fought hard to break the deadlock. Albania came closest to an opener after Manaj fired wide within the first twenty minutes. Wales looked best on the ball when the likes of Ramsey or Allen dictated play, but failed to pose any real threat in front of the Albanian goal.

38' 
Wales

Chances for Wales! Brooks whips in a teasing first time ball but Ramsey's shot soars wide of the post.

  • David Brooks
    Yellow cardDavid BrooksWalesThings are getting a bit heated. Brooks and Manaj both receive yellow cards after both players were involved in a spat following a late challenge.
36'
Albania

Things are getting a bit heated. Brooks and Manaj both receive yellow cards after both players were involved in a spat following a late challenge.

33' 
Wales

Wales boasting some possession but are struggling to find rhythm in the final third.Ampadu wasted a good opportunity after his wayward cross failed to reach a dangerously positioned Ramsey.

  • Ardian Ismajli
    Yellow cardArdian IsmajliAlbaniaIsmajli is booked for a challenge on Allen as the midfielder attempted to set Wales on the counter attack.
28'
Albania

Ismajli is booked for a challenge on Allen as the midfielder attempted to set Wales on the counter attack.

27' 
Albania

Corner kick for Albania after a tenacious ball was looped in by Lenjani and cleared by Davies.

20' 
Albania

Freekick to Albania in a teasing position after Roberts catches Cekici with a late sliding challenge.

16' 
Albania

Chance for Albania! Manaj shrugs off Mepham but his shot fizzes wildly over the bar. Questionable defending from Wales.

13' 
Wales

No clear cut chances for either side as of yet but the Welsh fans are in full song.

9' 
Wales

Albania are causing Wales problems in this early period. Wales looking slightly sloppy in possession.

5' 
Wales

Albania aren't giving Wales much time at all at the back. Ampadu almost fell victim to a high press in his own third but managed to clear the ball.

3' 
Wales

A calm start for both teams. Ampadu cleared a looping ball down the line but Brooks' first touch of the game fell short.

  • 1st Half
1'

We're underway..

16:56 
Wales

The Welsh flags are out in full force as Wales sing their national anthem to the devoted 6,500 fans gathered in Cardiff today. A beautiful sight for football fans.

16:50 
Wales

Ten minutes until this kick off at the Cardiff City Stadium..

16:46 

A decision has been made that there will be no VAR in this afternoon’s international friendly.

16:44 

Wales and Albania last met in November 2018 in a friendly, with Albania winning 1-0 in Elbasan with a Bekim Balaj penalty.

James, left, made his senior debut for Wales against Albania last November
16:40 
Wales

Wales are unbeaten in their last 12 home matches in all competitions, their longest ever unbeaten run on home soil. Can they continue that streak in front of their fans today?

16:37 
Wales

Today could be an emotional spectacle for the 6,500 fans at the Cardiff City Stadium. Wales will be playing in front of their home crowd for the first time since November 2019, in a match that could potentially be the last time welsh fans see Gareth Bale wearing the red jersey on home soil.

Gareth Bale while on international duty with Wales
16:31 
Albania

Despite an encouraging 2016 campaign which saw them reach the group stages, Albania failed to qualify for this summer’s championships after finishing fourth in Group H. But Edoardo Reja’s side have recently boasted a strong run of form, having won five of their last six matches in all competitions. Today is likely to be a worthy test for Wales.

16:29 
Wales

Most of Wales’ recent victories have come through solid defensive displays and narrow 1-0 scorelines. Today’s match has the potential to greet us with a similar result. With key players returning from injury, Page’s side will definitely be looking to gain some momentum ahead of next week, but squad rotation could provide for an interesting set up.

16:28 
Albania

The absence of first choice goalkeeper Etrit Berisha and defender Elseid Hysaj leaves Albania short on experience at the back.

16:25 
Wales

The FAW confirmed earlier that Neco Williams would be made available to play despite the full-back being sanctioned for a red card during Wednesday’s loss in Nice. Following their second half appearance against France, couplet Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies have also regained full fitness and make their way back into the starting 11.

NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 02: Paul Pogba of France battles for possession with Neco Williams of Wales during the international friendly match between France and Wales at Allianz Riviera on June 02, 2021 in Nice, France. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
16:25 
Wales

TEAM NEWS: WALES: Hennessey, Williams, Davies, Allen, Roberts, Ramsey, Ampadu, Norrington-Davies, Brooks, Mepham, Levitt…Subs: Bale, Wilson, Moore, Rodon etc /// ALBANIA: Selmani, Lenjani, Cekici, Djimsiti, Bare, Manaj, Kumbulla, Doka, Ismajli, Balaj, Abrashi…Subs: Sherri, Veseli, Harizag, Kallaku etc

16:19 

Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of this afternoon’s international match: Wales vs Albania. Today’s game marks Wales’ final international friendly and will be a valuable exercise for The Dragons before they face Switzerland in their opening Euro 2020 match on 12th June. Following a 3-0 defeat to France earlier this week, Manager Page has made it clear he plans to rotate his squad to ensure the players are fit for next week’s opener. KO 17:00 BST.