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Hennessey and Ledley's Wales Top Group

13 June 2015


It was a weekend to remember for Wayne Hennessey and Joe Ledley as the pair helped Wales to a famous 1-0 win against Belgium to put them top of their Euro 2016 qualification group.

Gareth Bale grabbed the only goal of the game in the 25th minute to hand the home side a lead they wouldn't relinquish thanks to some great goalkeeping by the Palace shot-stopper, with Ledley also playing the full 90 minutes at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The win put ex-Eagle Chris Coleman's side three points clear of the top of Group B and crucially five ahead of third-placed Israel, with the top two qualifying automatically for the finals in France next summer. The Red Dragons are unbeaten in their five matches so far this campaign, and have now played the Belgians twice.

“It’s a huge step forwards," said the Wales boss. "We have been here before, so it doesn’t mean we are going to qualify.

“We asked the players before the game to give everything, we said ‘you can’t hold anything back, we need everything,’ and we got that.

“It wasn’t one of our best performances, it was a bit scrappy, but we just dug in, that’s what we do when we are not playing well, we don’t lose easily and we sacrificed a bit of imagination and dug in as a team.

“We needed brave men tonight... even if we had come off without the points we said all along we wanted to get our supporters back onside, to be proud of our team, and they will be proud if they see committed players like tonight.”

Ledley, Hennessey and Jonny Williams could be involved in their next couple of crucial qualifiers in September when Wales travel to Cyprus before hosting Israel in their penultimate home game of the group stages.

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