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Hennessey Tastes Defeat In China Cup Final

26 March 2018

Wayne Hennessey couldn't prevent Wales falling to a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in the final of the China Cup in Nanning.

The Eagles goalkeeper played the full 90 minutes and was beaten by Edinson Cavani's strike four minutes after half-time, and that proved to be the only goal of the game as the Uruguayans lifted the silverware.

It was a disappointing way for Hennessey to earn his 75th cap for his country, 34 of which have been won during his time at Palace. Unlike against China in the semi-final, he was regularly called into action with his best stop seeing him tip a blast by Cavani over the crossbar, however he was indebted to his woodwork which was struck twice by Luis Suarez in the first half.

But Hennessey wasn't so lucky just after the restart when Cavani tapped home a Cristian Rodriguez cutback past the helpless shot-stopper to clinch the China Cup for Uruguay.

With Wales not reaching the 2018 World Cup this summer, Ryan Giggs blooded a number of youngsters during his first two matches in charge out in the Far East, and he may take the opportunity to do so again when Wales travel to California to take on Mexico in May in what will be their next match.

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