Coleman lauds stunning Wales victory

Wales manager Chris Coleman had significant praise for his side after they produced a hugely impressive performance to win 3-0 in Israel on Saturday, Sky Sports has reported.

The men in red started the brighter and should have gone ahead when Gareth Bale’s cross found James Collins at the far post, but the West Ham United defender failed to convert a glorious opportunity.

But after Wayne Hennessey made a flying save from an angled shot at the other end, Wales took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Israel failed to deal with a long ball forward. Bale kept the ball alive to set up Aaron Ramsey to loop a header into the net.

And as Wales began to dominate in the second half, Bale made it two with a fine free-kick before Eitan Tibi was sent off for Israel for two quick bookings. The world’s most expensive player then rounded things off with a first-time finish from a low cross.

The win moved Wales up above Israel and to the top of Group B, increasing their hopes of qualifying for a first major tournament since 1958. After the game, Coleman said: “You have to play to their strengths. We tried to put Baley and Rambo in positions where they were going to get the ball and do the most damage.

“Our biggest strength is the togetherness in the group. The players all know their jobs and what their roles and responsibilities are. The reason we are doing well is because everybody is doing a little bit for someone else in the group. When it was 11 v 11 I thought we were magnificent – we were always in control of the game, controlled the tempo, some of our passing was fantastic, creating chances.’

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