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Coleman looks ahead to 'World Cup final' against Bosnia

Wales manager Chris Coleman praised his players for coming away from Andorra with three points despite the tricky conditions, and is already referring to the home match against Bosnia as their 'World Cup final.'

Coleman compares Bale to Messi

Wales manager Chris Coleman put Gareth Bale on a par with Lionel Messi after his Euro 2016 qualifying heroics spared Welsh blushes in Andorra.

Bale struck twice to rescue Wales after Andorra, ranked 199 in the world, grabbed a shock lead through Ildefons Lima's fifth-minute penalty.

The Real Madrid star levelled with a first-half header before settling the contest nine minutes from time with a magnificent 25-yard free-kick.

"There are only two players in the world, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale, who could have done something like that," Coleman said after the game.

"Time's ticking, the pressure's on and wallop, it's 2-1.

"Gareth was absolutely magnificent."

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Matthews out of Wales squad

Adam Matthews has become the third player to pull out of Wales' squad through injury ahead of their opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra.

The 22-year-old Celtic defender follows Reading winger Hal Robson-Kanu and West Ham's James Collins in withdrawing from Chris Coleman's squad for the away game on September 9.

A statement from the Football Association of Wales said Cardiff's Declan John had been called up from the Under-21s to replace Matthews. Newcastle's Paul Dummett and Reading's Jake Taylor have already received late calls.

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