Finland dent Welsh World Cup hopes

Finland coasted to a 2-0 victory over Wales in their World Cup Group Four qualifier at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday. The defeat means Wales drop into fourth place in the table and leaves them little chance of qualifying via the group playoffs. "You've probably seen two poor sides trying to contest this group and none have a glimmer of hope of qualifying," Wales striker Craig Bellamy told Sky Sports. "Where do we go from here? God knows." Finland took the lead on 43 minutes when striker Jonatan Johansson collected a Jari Litmanen pass to slot the ball past stranded goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. Striker Mikael Forssell forced Welsh goalkeeper Hennessey into a number of good saves after the break and Joe Ledley cleared defender Hannu Tihinen's header off the line, before substitute Shefki Kuqi scored a second in injury time. Wales have played a game more than second and third-placed Russia and Finland and lie seven points behind group leaders Germany. "We have five games left and even if we win all five of them, it might not be enough," Wales manager John Toshack added. "I've no complaints overall, the Finns deserved their win and good luck to them."


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