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Cyprus keeps Euro dream alive, Wales qualify

Jason Demetriou celebrates the winner

Cyprus kept alive their hopes of a playoff spot after defeating Israel in Jerusalem by two goal to one.

It was a gutsy performance by Pambos Christodoulou’s players as they defended well and broke away dangerously on the break.

Dossa Junior opened the score for Cyprus in the 56th minute when Dossa Junior met Laban’s cross and to head past Marciano.

Israel’s Bitton equalized in the 75th minute but ten minutes before the end Demetriou linked up well with Charalambides before blasting past Marciano for Cyprus’ winning goal.

Wales ended a 57-year wait to qualify for a major tournament despite Saturday’s 2-0 defeat in Bosnia which kept alive the Balkan nation’s hopes of joining them at the Euro 2016 finals.

The result left the Welsh second in Group B on 18 points from nine games, two behind Belgium who also qualified, and four ahead of third-placed Bosnia.

Substitute Milan Djuric, who replaced winger Edin Visca on the hour, fired Bosnia ahead in the 71st minute and striker Vedad Ibisevic sealed the win in the 90th.

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