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Teenage striker Vokes rescues Wales

6 September 2008 18:50

CARDIFF (AFP) - Teenage striker Samuel Vokes came off the bench to score a late winner as Wales beat Azerbaijan 1-0 in their opening World Cup qualifier at the Millennium Stadium here on Saturday.

The 18-year-old Wolves player found the net in the 81st minute to give John Toshack's side a winning start to their campaign in Group Four, a section likely to be dominated by Germany.

Just 15,000 fans watched the game inside the 75,000-capacity stadium and they endured a miserable afternoon which was summed up by Jason Koumas's penalty miss against an Azerbaijan side who had Fabio Luis Ramim sent off.

Vokes scored when he swept Gareth Bale's corner past Azerbaijan goalkeeper Kamran Agaev from close-range.

"I am satisfied with the result and the performance. Azerbaijan have improved considerably over the past two years and they provided a very serious test for us," said Toshack.

"We dominated the match and heads could easily have dropped after the penalty was missed. But we kept going, refused to let it bother us for long, and fully deserved the winner. We were easily the better team."

Azerbaijan's German boss Berti Vogts, a former World Cup winner, said his team were still learning on the international stage.

"This is a big lesson for us. Most of my players are not used to playing in such a big stadium or on such long grass," said Vogts.

"But we showed that Azerbaijan football has improved."

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Wales

W L W D D

1 - 0

Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
6 September 2008
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0

Goals

S. Vokes 83'  
1 - 0

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