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Determined Wales dig in for draw
 Women's Football Wales International News - 25 Oct 2017
 
Russia 0 Wales 0
Wales produced a disciplined, solid performance as a goalless draw against Russia ensured they remain unbeaten in World Cup qualifying.
 
In difficult conditions in St Petersburg, Jayne Ludlow's side defended superbly for long periods to keep a second clean sheet in as many games in Group One.
 
It means Wales have four points from two games and go top of the group ahead of a double header against Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina next month.
 
It could have been even better for the visitors as they were denied a penalty in stoppage time as Kayleigh Green went down under a challenge from Russia goalkeeper Tatyana Scherbak, but the referee waved away the appeals.
 
Natasha Harding almost gave Ludlow's side a sixth minute lead at the Minor Sport Arena as Green did well to play in the Liverpool forward, but her curling effort was well saved by Scherbak.
 
However, it was the hosts who created the clearer chances, with Wales goalkeeper Laura O'Sullivan making two superb saves in the first half to keep out headers from Elena Danilova.
 
But the visitors - marshalled by skipper Sophie Ingle - restricted Russia to long-range efforts as Marina Fedorova saw a left-foot shot evade the crossbar.
 
Wales were forced into a change at the break as debutant Peyton Vincze was replaced by Nadia Lawrence, with the visitors being forced back into defending for long periods.
 
But despite heavy pressure on more than one occasion, every Russian attack was met by a head, body or block from a dogged Welsh defence.
 
One point could so almost have been close to three in added time as Green went down under the challenge of Scherbak, but referee Vesna Budimir waved play on.
 
Wales now turn their attention to next month's double header, starting with a home clash against Kazakhstan at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday 24th November.
 
Russia: Tatyana Scherbak, Anna Kozhnikova, Tatiana Sheykina, Anna Cholovyaga, Nadezhda Smirnova (sub Elena Morozova 70mins), Anna Belomyttseva, Elena Danilova, Marina Fedorova, Elvira Ziyastinova, Nadezhda Karpova, Margarita Chernomyrdina (sub Ekaterina Pantyukhina 45mins (sub Marina Kiskonen 83mins). Subs not used: Alena Belyaeva, Maria Galay, Irina Podshibyakina, Mariya Alekseeva.
 
Wales: Laura O'Sullivan, Loren Dykes, Sophie Ingle, Rhiannon Roberts, Natasha Harding, Angharad James, Kayleigh Green, Jessica Fishlock, Rachel Rowe, Hayley Ladd, Peyton Vincze (sub Nadia Lawrence 45mins). Subs not used: Claire Skinner, Gemma Evans, Amina Vine, Chloe Lloyd, Grace Horrell, Chloe Chivers.
 
(Report by faw.cymru)

 
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