BELL HAUNTS DENMARK; HISTORY REPEATS FOR WALES CAPTAIN CRAIG DENMARK V WALES West Ham Ace Craig Returns to Stun Hosts

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BELL HAUNTS DENMARK; HISTORY REPEATS FOR WALES CAPTAIN CRAIG DENMARK V WALES West Ham Ace Craig Returns to Stun Hosts


Byline: By PAUL WALKER at Brondby Stadium

DENMARK 0

WALES 1

Bellamy 77

DENMARK: Sorensen, Bogelund, Kroldrupl Agger, Rasmussen, Norregaard, Kristensen, Nordstrand, Bendtner, Rommedahll Krohn-Dehli, Subs: Mtiliga, Jorgensen, Andreasen, Retov, Andersen, Vingaard, Ilso, Larsen

WALES: Myhill, Gunter, Williams, Collins, Bale, Edwards Ramsey, Nyatanga, Collison, Bellamy, Evans. Subs: Hennessey, Tudur-Jones, Blake, Morgan, Eardley, Vokes, Ricketts

REFEREE: Michael Weiner (GER) ATT: 10,271

CRAIG BELLAMY returned to the Danish capital to secure another victory 10 years after his first goal for his country also produced a famous win in Copenhagen.

This time Bellamy netted his 16th for his country and took his tally ahead of the legendary John Charles, and the Wales skipper is now equal fifth top scorer in his country's history alongside Mark Hughes and Cliff Jones.

This was the night 17-year-old Aaron Ramsey was to be the centre of attention, and the Arsenal youngster certainly did well on his international debut.

B ut it was Bellamy, the oldest Welshman on the pitch, who eventually stole the show.

He had missed a couple of golden opportunities in the first half, but 13 minutes from time a fine run and drive secured victory as he led his side of young stars to a fine win.

Ramsey, as expected, won his first full Wales cap in the Brondby stadium as manager John Toshack made five changes from the side that lost to Germany in a World Cup qualifier.

For this friendly, Toshack was not only able to give Ramsey his chance, but also field several other bright youngsters.

West Ham's Jack Collison made only his second start for Wales while Ched Evans was included up front alongside Bellamy.

Denmark had three English-based players, Liverpool's Daniel Agger, Stoke's Thomas Sorensen and Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner in their side.

But all Welsh eyes were on Ramsey, the boy who could well carry the fans' dreams for a decade.

And he fitted calmly into midfield, with confidence and balance on the ball.

Denmark created the first chance when Morten Nordstand shinned a shot wide from Michael Krohn-Dehli's cross.

But from then on Wales had a string of decent first-half opportunities. After eight minutes Gareth Bale fed Evans, who saw his drive deflected wide off Thomas Rasmussen.

Then David Edwards' pass allowed Bellamy to out-pace Kasper Bogelund on the right.

The skipper forced himself into a great position on the right of the box, but instead of rolling the ball across to the unmarked Ramsey, he tried to bend a shot around Sorensen and the opening was wasted. …

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