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Wales earns dramatic draw against Croatia in Euro 2024 qualifier



Debutant Nathan Broadhead scores injury-time equalizer

Wales started their Euro 2024 qualifier campaign with a dramatic 1-1 draw against Croatia, with debutant Nathan Broadhead saving the day with a goal in injury time. Croatia had taken the lead in the first half with Andrej Kramaric capitalizing on some poor defending, while Wales showed great discipline and graft to defend well and restrict the home side to long-range efforts.

Wales shows discipline and graft to defend well

Despite Croatia’s dominance, Wales kept their shape and made sure their disciplined approach was maintained. They kept the hosts at bay, thwarting their numerous attempts to break the deadlock. The Red Wall, comprising 1,700 Welsh supporters, kept their spirits high and cheered on their team that managed to restrict Croatia’s chances in the first half.

Lack of attacking options prove costly for Wales

Wales played with six uncapped players on the bench, and their lack of attacking options were evident in the first half. While they maintained their defensive structure, they failed to create any clear-cut chances to trouble Croatia’s defense. They were eventually punished with a sloppy goal in the 38th minute when Kramaric ran through their defense to score.

Wales’ substitutions add energy to proceedings

Manager Rob Page made some crucial substitutions to add more energy to the game, with Wes Burns, Sorba Thomas, and Broadhead replacing Aaron Ramsey, Daniel James, and Harry Wilson, respectively. The changes seemed to have worked, as Wales looked more dangerous in attack and created their best chance in the 60th minute when Harry Wilson picked out Daniel James, but he missed the target although unmarked.

Debutant Nathan Broadhead saves the day

Despite a flurry of Croatia chances late on, the Red Dragons did not lose hope and kept pressing for an equalizer. Their persistence paid off as Broadhead scored with his side’s first shot on target in injury time. As Croatia failed to clear from a long throw-in, Broadhead was in the right place to fire beyond Dominik Livakovic into the bottom corner, earning Wales a remarkable point.

Post-Gareth Bale era starts with a stunning point

Wales began their post-Gareth Bale era on a high, with a stunning point against one of the toughest teams in Europe. With six uncapped players on the bench, it was an excellent start for the Welsh team, and they will feel confident going into their next game against Latvia.



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