FT: Macedonia 2 Wales 1

The final whistle goes. Bye from Skopje.

All the Wales player go forward as Myhill takes a deep free-kick. Vokes can't head anywhere goalward and then a Bellamy shot is blocked.

Vokes then heads a cross behind for a Macedonia goal-kick.

Hopeful punt forward for Vokes to chase but easily tidied up at the back by Macedonia.

Desperate time for Wales as they look for an equaliser. Croffts squares on the edge of the Macedonia area but no Welsh player there. Four minutes will be added on.

Ricketts has made it back on to the pitch.

Ramsey fouled 10 yards from the Macedonia area so a chance to get the ball into the box. Great delivery from Bellamy but it evades the charging Ashley Williams and Ledley.

Jovan Kostovski goes off for the hosts and is replaced by Daniel Mojsov.

Sam Vokes comes on for Vaughan.

Ricketts limps off towards the touchline with a grimace on his face.

Macedonia kick the ball out with Ricketts lying injured on the turf holding his knee after trying to tackle Pandev.

Substitute Aleksandar Trajkovski fires the hosts in front with a low drive with his right foot from the edge of the area.


Adam Matthews is on for Wales in place of Collison.

Crofts in the book for a clumsy aerial challenge. Pandev takes the free-kick from 25 yards but it is wide of the target.

18. Aleksandar Lazevski on for Georgievski.

Wales loose possession in midfield to the excelelnt Pandev. The ball ends up going for a Macedonia corner after a good clearance by Vaughan.

Once again it is put into a good area from Bellamy but no Wales player is attacking the centre.

Corner to wales on the right to be delivered by Bellamy.

Good ball into the Wales box finds Pandev with his back to goal but the striker can't quite get the pass under control.

Poor corner by Bellamy and Macedonia break very quickly as Wales switch off having thought the ball had gone out of play. Trickovski is one-on-one with Myhill bu the latter makes a good save with his right hand..

Bellamy does well down the right again and he wins another Welsh corner.

Bellamy delivers the corner, it is headed clear and Vaughan's shot from the edge of the box is then blocked.

Deflection from a Gunter cross wins Wales a corner on the right.

Great chance for Wales as Davies crosses low for Ledley in the centre but the ball is cleared behind.

Ledley works the ball on to his left foot just outside the Macedonia area but he can't decide whether to pass to Bellamy on the left flank ot shoot for goal - and in the end does neither.

Good chance for Pandev to give Macedonia the lead but he is off balance when he hits a left-foot shot from 12 yards and it squirts wide of the post.

Johnny Williams is off and Andrew Crofts is on for Wales.

Wales change to follow soon as well.

First Macedonia change as Ibraimi goes off and Aleksandar Trajkovski comes on.

Game restarts with a Wales free-kick after Williams gets some treatment.

Discipline problems again for Macedonia as Agim Ibraimi fells Johnny Williams and goes in the book.

Ramsey lofts a ball into the Macedonia area and Colison is cinthe clear and onside but Packovski gathers and gives Collison a hugh foot in the chest for his troubles.

Nice trickery by Johnny Williams on the left in the Macedonia area but his cross is a fraction too deep for Gunter.

Pandev tries to unleash a shot from just outside the Wales area but his effort is well blocked by Ricketts.

Nice turn by Pandev on the edge of the Wales area but Davies does well to clear any danger.

Good play from Ramsey and Collison with the latter shooting just wide from 12 yards.

Tackles flying in and Kostovski now gets booked for a hefty challenge on Ben Davies.

Early Wales corner taken by Bellamy is headed behind for another. The second is less effective.

Some late news from the first half as Ashley Williams went in the book as well and is suspended for Tuesday's game against Serbia.

Wales get the game restarted.

Here are some HT Price Boosts from Sky Bet pick out your favourite and have a punt! FYR Macedonia to win 3-1 14/1, Wales to win 2-1 13/2, Goran Pandev to score next 11/1, Craig Bellamy to score next 11/1, Jovan Kostovski to score next & FYR Macedonia to win 2-1 28/1 and finally Aaron Ramsey to score next & Wales to win 3-2 125/1.

Half-time betting update from Sky Bet with Macedonia 7/4, Wales 100/3 and the draw a 5/4 chance with the pair at stalemate currently.

Temperature is rising a bit and the ref blows for the break.

Pandev goes in the book following that little showdown by the two sets of the players. Ramsey was floored by a Vance Sikov elbow to the throat but it looked pretty harmless.

Ramsey on the floor and the two teams surround him with players squaring off. The ref tries to sort things out.

Flag up for offside after a good spell of possession for the hosts.

Deep cross from the right by Ramsey but no Welsh players in the box and Pacovski gathers.

Ristovski and Gilgorov the latest names to go in the book as they argue with the ref about the giving of the Wales penalty a bit too much.

Ramsey gets up and takes the spot-kick and cooly smashes it down the centre of the goal to level things up.

Clumsy tackle on Ramsey by Trickovski and the ref points to the spot.


Collison gives away a free-kick just outside the Macedonia area and then leaves a foot in on Trickovski and is lucky not to go in the book.

Bellamy delivers another free-kick from the left side of the Macedonia area but it is headed over at the near post by Jack Collison.

Sam Ricketts makes an important challenge as Kostovski tries to chase down a through ball in the Wales half.

Bellamy free-kick from 25 yards hits the Macedonia post and is then headed over the bar.

Bellamy has gone into the book after complaining earlier about the Vaughan free-kick. Myhill called on to make a save from the dangerous Kostovski.

Good work again down the left involving Bellamy and Ramsey but the ball into the centre is poor.

Williams fouled by Daniel Georgievski and a free-kick to Wales.

Corner to Macedonia after Ledley cuts out a Trickovski cross from the left.

The free-kick after the Vaughan foul thuds into the wall but bounces favourably for Ivan Trickovski and he sweeps the ball past Myhill into the corner from 12 yards.


Foul by David Vaughan on Pandev and he is the first name in the book. Free-kick to the hosts 30 yards from the Wales goal.

Good run again down the left by Bellamy and his cutback almost finds Ramsey but a Macedonian leg gets in the way.

Ristovski is found in space down the left but his cross is just a bit too deep for Goran Pandev in the centre.

Good interchange between Bellamy and Williams on the edge of the Macedonia area. Bellamy has a quick dig at the ref when Williams has his run blocked and no free-kick is given.

Super ball from Ledley through for Johnny Williams to chase but Tome Pacovski is out to scramble the ball clear from the edge of his own area.

Nice turn in the Wales box by Jovan Kostovski to get some space but his pass can't find a team-mate.

Long crossfield ball for Chris Gunter to chase down the right but it has too much pace on it and goes out for a Macedonia throw.

Wales play themselves into trouble at the back after some sloppy football by Ashley Williams but the defender is able to win the ball back and clear.

Bellamy finds some space again in the Macedonia penalty area but Ramsey can't find him.

Goal-kick for Wales taken by Boaz Myhill.

Good possession from the hosts and a dangerous ball in from the right by Daniel Georgievski flashes across the Wales six-yard box.

Stefan Ristovski goes sprawling down the left flank and a chance for the hosts to deliver into the Wales area from the free-kick. It comes to nothing though in the end although there is an appeal for a handball.

First foul of the day as Darko Tasevski is brought down on halfway.

Long ball forward from the back by Joe Ledley in the direction of Bellamy is headed clear before going out for a Macedonia throw-in.

Wales in rather natty green and white halves. Macedonia give the ball away and Craig Bellamy darts forward but his pass on a very slow pitch can't reach Aaron Ramsey on the edge of the hosts' area.

We are under way in Skopje as the hosts kick-off.

Teams: Wales: Myhill, Gunter, Ashley Williams, Ricketts, Davies, Collison, Vaughan, Ledley, Jonathan Williams, Bellamy, Ramsey. Subs: Hennessey, John, Gabbidon, Matthews, Crofts, Bale, King, Vokes, Church, Dummett, Fon Williams.

Teams: FYR Macedonia: Pacovski, Georgievski, Sikov, Noveski, Ristovski, Gligorov, Pandev, Tasevski, Ibraimi, Kostovski, Trickovski. Subs: Naumovski, Daniel Ivanovski, Grncarov, Babunski, Jahovic, Trajkovski, Rangjelovic, Mojsov, Lazevski, Stjepanovic, Mirko Ivanovski, Tofiloski.

Ricky Fitzsimmons from Llanelli says: "Bad news for wales without joe Allen but still a interested squad with bale on the bench , easy 3 points for wales here."

If you fancy Wales' Craig Bellamy to score first then Sky Bet have boosted his price to do so from 9/1 to 10s.

Pre-match: As mentioned earlier, Gareth Bale is named on the bench for at the Philip II Arena. Bale joined up with Wales on Monday after becoming the world's most expensive player with the completion of his move to Real Madrid, but manager Chris Coleman does not risk him from the start due to the winger not having played any football since July. Elsewhere, Sam Ricketts wins his 50th cap as he partners skipper Ashley Williams in defence, while David Vaughan comes in for the injured Joe Allen in midfield along with in-form Aaron Ramsey.

Darren O'Connell says: "Surely Wales will win this, I will be very disappointed (and broke) if they don't ! At least we will bow out third in the group if we get results in next two games."

Gareth Bale starts on the bench for Wales tonight and they are 11/4 to beat Macedonia with Sky Bet. The hosts are 11/10 chances with a draw on offer at 23/10.

Good evening and welcome along to our coverage of Macedonia v Wales. Kick-off is at 1800BST. Drop me a line with your predictions to david.john@bskyb.com.


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