Cyprus 1 Wales 0

Toshack rages after 'worst ever' performance
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The Wales manager John Toshack admitted that he was "embarrassed" by his side's inept performance in their 1-0 defeat to Cyprus in Limassol last night.

Toshack completed one year in control of Wales last weekend, but seems as far as ever from the sort of performances he feels are needed for next season's European Championship qualifiers. He said: "That was the worst international performance I have ever witnessed. I was embarrassed by what I saw. I'm the man who is supposed to make it better but I couldn't tonight."

The winner came from the spot just before half-time when Chrysis Michael fired home a penalty after Danny Collins tripped Konstantinos Makridis. Wales could only manage one decent chance through substitute Robert Earnshaw in the final minutes.

The match marked Craig Bellamy's return to the Wales team for the first time since he played against Austria in Vienna last March.

Cyprus: Morfis (Georgallides 71), Okkarides, Lambrou (Louka, 79), Michael, Charalambidis, Elia (Theofilou, 70), Garpozis, Krassas, Makrides, Okkas, Yiasoumi (Alecou, 76). Substitutes not used: Kythreotis, Charalambous, Maragos, Aloneftis, Alexandrou.

Wales: Price, Duffy (Edwards, 76), Gabbidon, Page, Danny Collins (Williams, 46), Ricketts, Fletcher, Robinson, Vaughan (Earnshaw, 66), Bellamy, Hartson. Substitutes not used: Roberts, Weston, Jones.

Referee: H Jacov (Israel).