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Wales Celebrate And Bolasie Stars

14 October 2015

Wales were the big story of the international break, securing qualification for the European Championships in France next summer, despite defeat to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

They hosted Andorra in their final group game, with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and creative midfielder Jonny Williams starting, whilst Palace's other Welshman Joe Ledley watched on from the bench.

Hennessey kept a clean sheet and played the full 90 minutes of that game in Cardiff, which was largely played inside Andorra's half, meaning that he came through the 10 qualification games having only conceded four goals. Williams looked sharp and played for 85 minutes, riding a couple of strong challenges and looking threatening on the ball, as Wales looked to turn the screw.

It was pleasing to see the young midfielder back to his best after a horrible spell out through injuries and he will be hoping to continue that form on loan at Nottingham Forest. Ledley was an unused substitute, but joined the celebrations after the final whistle.

Elsewhere, Yannick Bolasie continued to find his feet with a second assist in two games for the Democratic Republic of Congo, as they edged past Gabon 2-1 in an international friendly. The winger had also created a goal in the 2-0 win over Nigeria at the weekend.

Pape Souare's Senegal fell to a 1-0 defeat in a friendly in Algeria, though the left-back did not feature. Yacine Brahimi of Porto struck the only goal of the game late on.

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