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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 June 2007, 16:45 GMT 17:45 UK
Wales 0-0 Czech Republic
Euro 2008 Group D qualifier
Millennium Stadium, 2 June 2007

Ryan Giggs believes there is hope for Wales in the future
Ryan Giggs believes there is hope for Wales in the future
Outgoing Wales captain Ryan Giggs hailed Saturday's goalless Euro 2008 qualifier with the Czech Republic in Cardiff as "a benchmark performance".

Giggs retired from international football as Wales produced their best display of the campaign.

"Defensively we didn't give them a kick. We created chances, so that's what we need to do in the future," said Giggs, who ends on 64 caps.

"But that's the benchmark, a great performance right from the start."

Wales had started looking short of confidence and wary of what was to face them, but the match ended with Giggs taking a standing ovation having tried everything to fashion an unlikely victory.

"Obviously it's been emotional this week, saying goodbye to everyone," Giggs added.

"I've enjoyed it, it's been great and I wish the lads all the best in the future.

"It was a shame I couldn't have gone off with a win but the fans have been great from day one right to the end."

The draw will do more for the Republic of Ireland's chances now in Group D, but Giggs gave everyone a lasting memory of his brilliance in a much-improved Wales second-half display.

The Czech Republic are a very good team but we made them look ordinary at times

Ryan Giggs

Giggs produced a trademark dribble in the 68th minute, leaving Czech defenders in his wake, but his resulting shot failed to beat Petr Cech.

"I should have scored," he admitted. "I'd done the hard work and beat a couple of players but whipped it too much really.

"I should have scored and put it in the corner.

"I'm just disappointed, with the chances we created that we just couldn't put the ball in the net.

"The Czech Republic are a very good team but we made them look ordinary at times."

Wales boss John Toshack paid tribute to his outgoing skipper and backed the rest of his squad to fill the void left by the winger.


"Even today he did some things that were trademark really. From a selfish point of view I would still like to have him around at the centre," Toshack said.

"He's been great for me as captain. There's no one over 27 years of age here in the squad which is strange for an international side.

"We have young ones pushing through and the likes of (Craig) Bellamy, (Simon) Davies, (Jason) Koumas and (Danny) Gabbidon have to push forward and can't hide under Ryan's umbrella anymore and I'm sure they will."

While Toshack was delighted with his side's performance he admitted the draw had all but ended any hopes of qualification.

"We couldn't have done much more - they are a very very good side," he added. "Against a top side we have given two performances.

"We have not been inferior, we passed well, controlled things and concentrated well against top players and could have nicked it.

"I don't think we had less chances than them. All in all it was pleasing.

"I think it would be a brave man to bet against the Germans and the Czech Republic (to qualify). We came out of pot five, that means there are four supposedly better teams than us.

"We are asking young lads to do what no Wales side has done for 50 years (qualify for a major finals). This one now looks very difficult."


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