Wales lose in Macedonia

Wales lost 2-1 to Macedonia in their World Cup qualifier in Skopje. New Real Madrid signing Gareth Bale played no part in the game from the bench.

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Full time: Macedonia 2-1 Wales

Jonathan Williams was busy in Wales' midfield, but Macedonia came out on top in a physical game. Credit: PA

Wales have been beaten 2-1 in Macedonia in their World Cup qualifying match.

Aleksandar Trajkovski scored the hosts' winner with just over ten minutes remaining.

He found himself in a great deal of space on the edge of Wales' penalty area, and shot past Boaz Myhill into the corner.

Chris Coleman's side could produce little themselves, on a difficult pitch.

New Real Madrid signing Gareth Bale remained on the bench, as he continues his comeback from a foot injury.

Half time: Macedonia 1-1 Wales

Aaron Ramsey picked himself up to score, after he was brought down for a penalty. Credit: PA

Wales are level 1-1 against Macedonia at half-time in their World Cup qualifier.

Ivan Trickovski fired the hosts ahead midway through the first-half in Skopje.

In-form Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey won and then converted a penalty to level the scores shortly before the break.

Craig Bellamy early hit the post with a free kick.

Coleman arrives in Macedonia after losing his passport

Chris Coleman
Late arrival: Coleman has made it to Macedonia after losing his passport Credit: PA

Wales manager Chris Coleman has finally made it to Macedonia ahead of his side's World Cup qualifier, after he lost his passport.

Coleman was not present for Wales' pre match press conference nor their final training session at the Phillip II Arena after he had to rush to Newport on Thursday morning in order to obtain a new passport, having realised he had lost the existing document on Wednesday night.

That meant the 43 year-old could not travel with the rest of squad from Cardiff Airport and instead made the journey to Skopje from Heathrow via Vienna.

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Coleman already looking ahead to Euro 2016

Wales manager Chris Coleman is already looking ahead to qualification for Euro 2016.

Wales were beaten at home by Croatia in their most recent competitive game in March, leaving them firmly out of contention to make it to Brazil next summer.

Wales sit fourth in their World Cup qualification group, with four games to play. Credit: FIFA

Coleman is now targeting a third-place finish in the group, which could improve their seeding for the draw for Euro 2016 qualification.

Wales host Serbia - the side they need to leapfrog to finish third - at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday night.

Wales away against Macedonia tonight

Gareth Bale was centre of attention again as Wales arrived in Skopje. Credit: Football Association of Wales

Wales face Macedonia tonight in the first part of their World Cup qualification double-header.

The build-up to the game has been overshadowed by Gareth Bale's world-record £85m transfer to Real Madrid.

Bale joined up with his Wales teammates after sealing the move, and the 24-year-old is likely to be involved from the bench tonight, as he's not judged to be fit enough to start.

Wales head to Macedonia for qualifying game

Wales captain Ashley Williams was with his teammates at Cardiff Airport. Credit: Football Association of Wales

Wales are flying to Macedonia today, ahead of their World Cup qualifying game in the capital Skopje tomorrow night.

Chris Coleman's side are no longer in contention to make it to the tournament in Brazil next summer, but the manager has targeted a third-placed finish in the group, behind likely qualifiers Belgium and Croatia.

After tomorrow's game in Macedonia, Wales are back at home at the Cardiff City Stadium, on Tuesday night.

The visitors will be Serbia - who thrashed them 6-1 last September and are the side Wales need to leapfrog to finish third.

Gareth Bale - now the world's most expensive player - is fit to feature for Wales in the two games. Credit: Football Association of Wales

Bale trains with Wales teammates ahead of qualifiers

New Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has been training with his Wales teammates again today, ahead of their World Cup qualifying games against Macedonia and Serbia.

The 24-year-old from Cardiff was unveiled in Madrid on Monday, after a world-record £85m move from Tottenham.

Gareth Bale is challenged by Joe Ledley and Ashley Williams. Credit: Football Association of Wales

He arrived back at the Wales team hotel late on Monday night, before taking part in training yesterday.

Wales manager Chris Coleman has confirmed Bale is fit to play a part in the competitive double-header.

The Wales squad have been training at their base in the Vale of Glamorgan. Credit: Football Association of Wales

Wales fly out to Macedonia on Thursday ahead of Friday night's clash in Skopje.

They then face Serbia in Cardiff on 10 September.