After a dissapointing 2-0 defeat at home to Germany last Saturday, Wales bounced back superbly to win 5-2 in Slovakia.
It was Wales’ first competitive away win in 2 years and their highest away victory in 11 as a brace from Bellamy and his superb all round performance helped Toshack’s side to a 5-2 win.
Though we didn’t start the game well as the home side dominated the first 15-20 minutes as Mintel opened the scoring after just 12 minutes.
A defensive howler from Joe Ledley gave the goalscorer far too much time and space to strike at goal from inside the penalty area.
Wayne Hennessey in the Wales made a few excellent saves to keep the score down shortly after.
The goal woke us up as we started to gain more possession and tried to get back into the game.
10 minutes after the opening goal, Wolves striker Freddy Eastwood brought the sides level as Ledley picked out the striker at the far post. He made no mistake to net the equaliser – his 2nd international goal in 3 games.
The goal gave us a boost in confidence and Craig Bellamy’s return had a huge impact on our performance as he created problems for the home defence throughout the whole game.
He scored 2 goals in 7 minutes to put us in front by a 2-goal margin.
Eastwood put Bellamy through and cooly slotted the ball home into the top corner.
His second goal was assisted by Ledley and Bellamy did well to control the bouncing ball and struck a fierce shot, giving the keeper no chance of making a save.
Wales had turned the game around in superb fashion and showed excellent character against a side that is 35 places higher in the Fifa rankings.
Slovakia tried to get back in the game when the game restarted and it was Mintal again who found the net, 12 minutes into the second half.
Later, Bellamy nearly got a hatrick when his cross from the right beat everyone, flying over the goalkeeper but striking the outside of the post.
Wales narrow lead didn’t look safe until Bellamy caused Durica to score an own goal to make it 4-2 with 12 minutes remaining.
Bellamy did well to beat a defender on the left, and Durica came sliding in to clear but the ball found its way into his own net.
Wales weren’t done yet however as Simon Davies added a fifth in the 90th minute.
Bellamy’s return made a huge impact and Slovakia’s defence simply couldn’t cope with the West Ham striker.
Slovakia: Senecky, Gresko, Klimpl, Durica, Cech, Hamsik, Petras, Sapara, Mintal, Sestak, Holosko.
Subs: Kuciak, Brezinsky, Strba, Obzera, Szabo, Sebo, Zofcak.
Wales: Hennessey, Ricketts, Gabbidon, Morgan, James Collins, Davies, Robinson, Ledley, Bale, Bellamy, Eastwood.
Subs: Coyne, Fletcher, Vaughan, Crofts, Evans, Edwards, Earnshaw.
Referee: Laurent Duhamel (France).