Wales stuns Croatia 2-1, thanks to Harry Wilson’s double, revitalizing their chances of qualifying for Euro 2024. In Cardiff on Sunday, this remarkable victory propels Wales past the World Cup semi-finalists into second place in Group D. As a result, Croatia faces the possibility of missing a major tournament for the first time in more than a decade.
After a disastrous start to the qualifying campaign, doubts surrounded Rob Page’s position as Wales’ manager. However, with this triumph, Page has silenced his critics. Previously, a 4-2 home defeat to Armenia and a 2-0 loss to group leaders Turkey seemed to doom Wales’ hopes of reaching their third consecutive European Championship.
Despite missing key players like Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, and Brennan Johnson due to retirement and injury, Wales found a hero in Fulham winger Harry Wilson. Wilson’s two brilliant finishes early in the second half secured the victory for his team.
Deservedly, victory came to Wales as Croatia’s star players failed to meet expectations. Although the home side dominated the first half, with Dominik Livakovic making some exceptional saves, it was Wales who ultimately broke the deadlock.
Beginning with David Brooks’ assist, Wilson sprinted past Domagoj Vida and skillfully chipped the ball over Livakovic. His second goal came from a well-placed header off Dan James’ cross.
Even though Mario Pasalic managed to score for Croatia, Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic were unable to break down the Welsh defense once more. With this nail-biting victory, Wales sits level with Croatia on 10 points in the group standings, but they hold the advantage due to a 1-1 draw in the earlier fixture between the two teams.
In the final two rounds of qualifiers next month, Wales will travel to Armenia and host Turkey. Croatia still has to visit Latvia and welcome Armenia to Zagreb. Turkey’s 4-0 win over Latvia secured their qualification, further intensifying the competition in Group D.
Overall, this thrilling match has breathed new life into Wales’ Euro 2024 aspirations while leaving Croatia in a vulnerable position.
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