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FT: Cyprus 0 - 1 Wales

Wales have won 1 - 0 against Cyprus out in Nicosia courtesy of Gareth Bale.

Gareth Bale gets the winner for Wales Credit: PA

Bale yet again provided the winner for Wales as they overcame a tricky game against Cyprus in Nicosia, scoring his 12th goal in 15 international matches.

The Real Madrid star scored a header in the 81st minute to ensure Wales moved to the brink of qualification for Euro 2016 in France.

Wales earlier had a David Edwards goal ruled out for a push in the box, but it didn't matter in the end as Bale headed Wales to victory, sending the 4,000 travelling fans wild.

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HT: Cyprus 0 - 0 Wales

The score remains 0-0 at half time in Nicosia as Wales rue missed chances and a disallowed goal.

Edwards effort was ruled out for pushing in the box. Credit: PA

David Edwards had the ball in the Cypriot net midway through the first period - the Wolves man heading in after a Gareth Bale cross - but the referee refused to let it stand after adjudging that Hal Robson-Kanu was pushing in the box.

Elsewhere good chances also fell to Aaron Ramsey who fired narrowly over the bar and Neil Taylor, who's close range shot was well saved after Cypriot goalkeeper Georgallides fumbled a swerving Bale free-kick.

Ledley out but Bale and Ramsey start for Wales

Wales have announced their starting 11 for their Euro 2016 qualifying match against Cyprus tonight.

Ledley's out, but the likes of Bale and Ramsey start. Credit: PA

Joe Ledley misses out through injury, but the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Ashley Williams all start.

The match kicks off at 7.45GMT in Nicosia.

Wales team to face Cyprus: Wales XI: Hennessey; Richards, Gunter, Williams, Davies, Taylor; Edwards, King, Ramsey; Bale, Robson-Kanu.

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Green deputy leader wants to switch to Welsh politics

Amelia Womack is originally from Newport but stood in London for the Westminster election in May. Credit: Green Party

A deputy leader of the Green Party of England and Wales is trying to switch from campaigning in London to becoming a candidate in next year's Welsh Assembly election. Amelia Womack is originally from Newport but until now has been very much a London politician, living in Lambeth and fighting the Camberwell & Peckham Westminster constituency.

She's seeking the nomination for the Cardiff Central constituency and -more significantly- hoping to be top of the Wales Green Party's regional list for South Wales Central. Opinion polls have occasionally suggested that the Greens could gain a list seat in the Senedd.

I am excited to be running for selection for the Welsh Assembly next year. This is a real opportunity for the Green Party to provide a platform for radical change across Wales. Our country needs a Green voice more than ever, and the May elections offer a genuine chance to make that a reality.

– Amelia Womack

The Wales Green Party is part of the England and Wales party, although the Scottish Greens are a separate organisation. They have won seats in the Scottish Parliament but there are seven list seats in each region of Scotland, compared to four in Wales. The rise of UKIP, which expects to pick up list seats in the Assembly next May, makes the task of a smaller party tougher than ever.

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Edwards in for Ledley as hamstring injury rules out Palace midfielder

Wolves midfielder David Edwards is set to come in for the injured Joe Ledley for this evening's match with Cyprus.

Chris Coleman has brought in Edwards and King for tonight's match. Credit: PA

Ledley misses out with a hamstring injury picked up in training yesterday.

It's thought the problem isn't considered serious, but manager Chris Coleman has decided not to risk the Crystal Palace man.

Elsewhere Andy King comes in for Joe Allen, who misses both the Cyprus and Israel game though injury and suspension respectively.

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