RECORD – Cotterill scores earliest goal by sub

FOOTBALL – David Cotterill scored the earliest goal ever as a substitute in a Euro qualifier in Wales’ match against Cyprus. David Cotterill came on the pitch in the sixth minute and scored the opener for Wales in the 13th minute. This was the earliest goal ever by a substitute in a Euro qualifier. The previous record was in the hands of fellow countryman Peter Anthony O’Sullivan who scored in the 20th minute in Wales’ match against Malta on 25 October 1979.

ANALYSE THIS: Direct qualification in third place uneven

FOOTBALL – One lucky third placed team will qualify directly for Euro 2016 by having the best record of the nine teams finishing in third position. However, the chances of each group providing the best third placed team were not even before qualification began. Group D for example had just 6.27% chance of providing the best third placed team whereas the chance of that team emerging from group G was more than twice that at nearly 15%.

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