Wales denied by injury-time Panama strike

By Dafydd Pritchard

On Events Sport Wales at Cardiff City Stadium

Wales missed out on qualification for the World Cup, finishing third in their group behind Serbia and the Republic of Ireland

An experimental young Wales side were denied victory in their friendly against Panama in Cardiff as Armando Cooper struck for the visitors in injury time.

Youngsters Ethan Ampadu, Ben Woodburn and David Brooks impressed on their first starts as the hosts, with an average age of 24, started vibrantly but were frustrated as Sam Vokes' first-half penalty was saved by Jaime Penedo.

The emphasis on youth continued after the interval with four Wales players making their debuts and, with 15 minutes left, Tom Lawrence cut inside from the left wing and scored with a powerful low drive.

However, in the third minute of added time, Cooper latched on to a fine through ball and finished neatly to snatch a draw for Panama, who will play in their first World Cup next year.

Where Wales are concerned, attention now turns to manager Chris Coleman, who is set to resume negotiations about a new contract as his current deal expires at the end of November.

Welsh fans made their feelings clear, chanting "we want you to stay" just three minutes into the match - and at regular intervals afterwards - which prompted a wave back from the 47-year-old.

And if this proves to be his final game in charge, Coleman can take solace in the way he has introduced a new crop of burgeoning prospects into a team which would appear to have a promising future.

More to follow.

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