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Euro 2000 Qualifying Group 1. Belarus v Wales

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Match Report
Mark Hughes got his international managerial career off to a perfect start in Minsk when a Ryan Giggs header in the 87th minute gave Wales a fine victory in the make or break Euro 2000 qualifier.

The result kept Wales' Euro 2000 qualifying hopes alive, and we now have to beat Switzerland at Wrexham next month to give ourselves a chance of reaching the play-offs, but all will depend on what the Denmark do against Italy in their last qualifying match.

Wales reverted back to the favoured 4-4-2 formation with Andy Melville partnering Chris Coleman in the heart of defence, and Robert Page playing at right-back.

Euro 2000 Fixtures.

Key moments
First Half
5 mins: A free header by Chris Coleman from a Mark Pembridge free-kick passed inches wide of the far post.
30 mins: Vasily Baranov collected the ball 30 yards out, he cut inside and drove a rising left shot into the top corner of the net, leaving Paul Jones with no chance.
36 mins: Another Baranov hit the bar.
41 mins: Gary Speed sent Dean Saunders away on the right, he crossed and Giggs rose to plant his header towards the roof of the net, only for keeper Tumilovick to tip the ball over the bar.
42 mins: Gary Speed drove a low left drive from outside the box, the keeper fumbled the ball, Dean Saunders then reacted the quickest to drive the ball home from close range.

Half time score 1-1

Second Half
60 mins The ball dropped to John Robinson from a Ryan Giggs corner only then for his shot to hit the bar and fly over from 12 yards out.
68 mins Paul Jones made an excellent close-range save from Aleksandr Kuckha.
77 mins Andy Melville headed a John Robinson corner against the bar.
81 mins Paul Jones made another fine save to touch onto the post a 30-yarder from Baranov.
86 mins A throw-in from the right from Robert Page was flicked on by Andy Melville, for Ryan Giggs to come racing in with a glancing header into the far corner.


Team line-ups
Belarus Wales
1 Tumilovich 1 P Jones
2 Tarlovski  2 Page
3 Lavrik  3 Barnard
4 Lukhvich 4 Melville
5 Ostrovski 5 Coleman
6 Gurenko (c) 6 Pembridge
7 Baranov 7 J Robinson
8 Chaika 8 Saunders
9 Kulchy 9 Blake
10 Makovski 10 Speed (c)
11 Orlovski 11 Giggs
12 Afanasenko 12 Delaney
13 Romaschenko 13 C Robinson
14 Kachouro 14 I Roberts
15 Chtaniouk 15 Oster
16 Sheleg 16 Symons
17 Skripchenko 17 M Jones
18 Khrapkovski 21 Crossley

Match details
Half-time 1-1
Full-time 1-2
Date 04.09.1999
Kick off 17:00
Venue Dinamo stadium
City / town Minsk
Attendance 25,000
Referee Tom Ovrebo, Norway

Match facts
3'  Orlovski      
30'  Baranov      
40'  Tumilovich      
      42'  Saunders
58'  Lavrik      
60'  Romaschenko (Orlovski)      
      66'  Pembridge
      80'  C Robinson (Pembridge)
      86'  Giggs

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