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Wales - Albania
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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.
The welsh fans are still deep in song despite the goalless scoreline. Is there time for last minute joy for The Dragons?
Tempers fray yet again as both Laci and Mepham are booked following a meaty challenge on Jonny Williams.
Corner for Wales. Wilson to take..
- OffKeidi BareAlbania
- OnQazim LaciAlbania
SUBSTITUTION: Laci is brought on for Albania.
- OffRey ManajAlbania
- OnTaulant SeferiAlbania
SUBSTITUTION: Manaj is replaced by Seferi.
- OffDavid BrooksWales
- OnJonny WilliamsWales
SUBSTITUTION: Brooks makes way for Williams.
- OffEndri CekiciAlbania
- OnSherif KallakuAlbania
SUBSTITUTION: Kallaku replaces Cekici.
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.
What an effort! Williams launches a fizzing shot at the goal but Selmani unconvincingly palms the ball away.
Gareth Bale receives an incredibly warm welcome for the fans as he comes on for the final twenty minutes.
WALES SUBSTITUTION: Gareth Bale replaces Roberts.
Chance for Harry Wilson! The youngster cleverly shrugs off Bare but his shot is pulled wide of the goal.
WALES SUBSTITUTION: Davies, Allen and Ramsey make way for Rodon, Wilson and Smith.
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.
Drama on the touchline...Norrington Davies is booked after he pushed Manaj off the pitch, who inadvertly takes out the Albanian manager Reja.
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.
Possession is spilled by Brooks in a dangerous area but Djimsiti's shot travels way beyond the Hennessey's goal.
Ramsey is taken down with a concerning blow to his knee, but the Juventus midfielder returns to play.
- OffAlbi DokaAlbania
- OnFrédéric VeseliAlbania
ALBANIA SUBSTITUTION: Doka is replaced by Veseli.
- OffEthan AmpaduWales
- OnKieffer MooreWales
WALES SUBSTITUTION: Ampadu makes way for Moore
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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.
Chances for Wales! Brooks whips in a teasing first time ball but Ramsey's shot soars wide of the post.
- Yellow cardDavid BrooksWales
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.
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.
- Yellow cardArdian IsmajliAlbania
Ismajli is booked for a challenge on Allen as the midfielder attempted to set Wales on the counter attack.
Corner kick for Albania after a tenacious ball was looped in by Lenjani and cleared by Davies.
Freekick to Albania in a teasing position after Roberts catches Cekici with a late sliding challenge.
Chance for Albania! Manaj shrugs off Mepham but his shot fizzes wildly over the bar. Questionable defending from Wales.
No clear cut chances for either side as of yet but the Welsh fans are in full song.
Albania are causing Wales problems in this early period. Wales looking slightly sloppy in possession.
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.
A calm start for both teams. Ampadu cleared a looping ball down the line but Brooks' first touch of the game fell short.
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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.
Ten minutes until this kick off at the Cardiff City Stadium..
A decision has been made that there will be no VAR in this afternoon’s international friendly.
Wales and Albania last met in November 2018 in a friendly, with Albania winning 1-0 in Elbasan with a Bekim Balaj penalty.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The absence of first choice goalkeeper Etrit Berisha and defender Elseid Hysaj leaves Albania short on experience at the back.
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.
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
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.