Wales 2-1 Azerbaijan

first_imgGareth Bale scored a late winner to keep Wales’ Euro 2020 qualification hopes very much alive with a 2-1 triumph over Azerbaijan in Cardiff on Friday.Ryan Giggs’ men looked to be heading for a thoroughly underwhelming stalemate, but Bale – who was otherwise poor – came up trumps six minutes from time to keep them in the hunt in Group E.Wales were dominant in the first half and played the ball around nicely, though clear-cut chances were hard to come by, with the hosts having to rely on a freak Pavlo Pashayev own goal to take the lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream They had similar issues after the break and a costly combination of errors from Neil Taylor and Wayne Hennessey allowed Mahir Emreli to equalise, but Bale – back among the goals at club level with Real Madrid – nodded in towards the end to rescue Giggs’ side.It was by no means a shock when Wales took the lead in the 26th minute, though the manner of the goal was certainly fortuitous, as Bale’s long-range effort deflected into the air and was then diverted into the empty net by Pashayev with goalkeeper Salahat Agayev stranded.That came shortly after Harry Wilson had been lucky to escape a red card, having seemingly stamped on Richard Almeida.Wales then wasted the chance to go 2-0 up just before the break – Tom Lawrence shooting at the goalkeeper after a Bale dummy released him into the area.Azerbaijan were back on level terms just before the hour, as Taylor gifted possession to Ramil Sheydaev and he fed Emreli, who slotted home on the rebound after Hennessey haplessly fumbled the initial tame effort right back to the forward.The visitors looked like they might hang on, but Joe Allen’s late strike ricocheted to a nice height for Bale to head over the goalkeeper and seal the victory.FULL-TIME |2-1 | #WALAZECYMRU #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/LbO47riGqP— Wales (@Cymru) September 6, 2019What does it mean? Giggs still searching for answer to striker problemMuch has been said of Wales’ dearth of striker options. Lawrence was the one filling that role on Friday, but the move did not come off as intended. The attacking midfielder lacked the required conviction in the penalty area and was unable to worry the Azerbaijan defence physically.James a ray of hopeWhile most of Wales’ forwards flattered to deceive, James transferred his sparkling club form to the international stage. The Manchester United winger was a constant threat with his pace, direct running and desire to shoot.Bale eventually comes goodTo say Bale was the star of the show on Friday would be to tell a bold-faced lie. The Madrid winger saw plenty of the ball, but he routinely had two defenders on him in a flash and he failed to heed the early warnings of that, losing the ball frequently or holding on to it for too long. However, he did hold his nerve at the crucial moment and that will likely spare him from the criticism he might have otherwise received.What’s next?Wales are at home again on Monday, when they host Belarus in a friendly. Azerbaijan welcome Croatia the same day, though their contest is a qualifier. read morelast_img read more

Princess Eugenie to rent threebed cottage at Kensington palace

first_imgPrincess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie (left) currently live togetherCredit:Yui Mok The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with Barack Obama in their Kensington Palace apartments Her spokesperson said: “It is categorically not true.”The Daily Mail source added: “‘What can be said with all certainty is that Jack will not be moving in with her and nor are they planning to get married. He is a lovely young man and there is little doubt that they will settle down together some day.”The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge moved into Kensington Palace’s Nottingham Cottage following their 2011 wedding and have since moved into a suite of rooms once occupied by Princess Margaret.Buckingham Palace has been contacted for a comment.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Princess Eugenie is moving into a rented three-bedroom cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace, it has been reported.Kensington Palace, in West London, is already home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.Currently, the 26-year-old lives in a four-bedroom, taxpayer-funded apartment in St James’s Palace with her sister Princess Beatrice.But reports suggest she will move into three-bedroom Ivy Cottage in Kensington Palace next year.center_img The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with Barack Obama in their Kensington Palace apartmentsCredit:Kensington Palace/Pete Souza/Whi Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie (left) in a carriage  A source for the Daily Mail said Eugenie would now be paying “market rent” at her new accommodation and was unable to confirm whether public money would be spent on the Kensington Palace cottage.The source told the Mail: “The matter is still under discussion, but it is likely that she will take over the property in the next few months.”The news comes as her mother, the Duchess of York, firmly denied rumours the princess was planning to get engaged to her boyfriend of six years, James Brooksbank.last_img read more