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Coleman: 'We can't repeat our mistakes'

WALES boss Chris Coleman has urged his team to be mindful of the lessons they learned from their thrashing in Serbia when they take on Croatia tonight.

The Dragons go into the World Cup qualifier in Osijek with some momentum after putting their first points on the board in Group A with Friday's 2-1 win over Scotland in Cardiff.

They had opened their campaign last month with a 2-0 home defeat against Belgium, a game from which Coleman felt his side -- given they were depleted by injuries and reduced to 10 men in the first half -- had actually emerged with a fair amount of credit.

However, they were then thrashed 6-1 four days later in Novi Sad and Coleman wants to see that the experience has served as a useful learning curve for his players.

"They (Croatia) are a good team littered with good players," Coleman said.

"It is good for us to go there off the back of a win and a good performance. Nevertheless, I think we must learn from the last double-header; Belgium was a good performance even though we lost, and then we were poor against Serbia. We can't repeat that."


Asian soccer's governing body, the AFC, has apologised for referring to the United Arab Emirates national side as the "Sand Monkeys" in an article on their official website.

The AFC said the nickname, which the UAE labelled racist and "evidence of disrespect", had been used in error, and that the reference was fixed as soon as the mistake was realised.