Wales gave their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2024 a large increase on Sunday night, beating Croatia 2-1 on the Cardiff Metropolis Stadium.
A Harry Wilson double early within the second half put Cymru in command in a match the hosts needed to win to maintain their probabilities of qualifying robotically for the match in Germany alive. If they’re to qualify robotically, it’s going to now come at Croatia’s expense.
Fulham attacker Wilson, celebrating his fiftieth cap on the evening, dovetailed brilliantly with David Brooks all through their time on the pitch and the pair mixed to set Wilson by way of after half time. Wilson’s neat dink over Dominik Livakovic gave the hosts the lead, and he quickly doubled their benefit with a sensible glancing header from a Dan James cross.
Mario Pasalic’s header made issues tense for the ultimate quarter-hour plus added time however Wales held on for a deserved win.
Robert Web page’s facet have made tough work of their group up to now, with a very damaging dwelling defeat to Armenia in June leaving them with a mountain to climb. Outcomes have left them needing to win their last three matches to qualify robotically, although they do in all probability have a path to fall again on through the playoffs.
Victory over Croatia leaves Wales second within the group on ten factors after six group matches, with two video games remaining. They sit stage on factors with Croatia, however crucially forward of them through head-to-head outcomes (Wales drew 1-1 in Break up earlier within the group) with the 2 sides now battling it out for a second computerized qualification place for Germany.
Group leaders Turkey have certified for the match subsequent summer season following a 4-0 win over Latvia.
Wales go to Armenia subsequent month after which host Turkey in a last, essential group sport, figuring out that two wins from their final two video games will take them to Germany.