Wales hold Croatia to 1-1 draw
Wales hold Croatia to 1-1 draw: report from Ben Fisher
Nathan Broadhead and Ethan Ampadu speak up
Nathan Broadhead, a goalscoring hero on his debut for Wales, talks to S4C about the match against Croatia. Ethan Ampadu also shared his thoughts on how tough the game was but how they managed to stay in it, and move forward to their next fixture against Latvia.
A dramatic end to the post-Bale era
Wales managed to secure a point against Croatia after a nail-biting finish to the game. Despite Croatia dominating the first half, Wales fought back in the second half, with Ivan Perisic hitting the bar and Daniel James missing a set-up opportunity by Harry Wilson. However, in the dying minutes of the game, Wales managed to score through Nathan Broadhead after Croatia failed to deal with a long throw from Connor Roberts. The precious point gives Wales a strong start in the post-Gareth Bale era.
Bedlam as Wales celebrate
As the final whistle blew, Wales erupted in celebration for their hard-fought point against the third-best team from the last World Cup. Juranovic attempted to bring the game back for Croatia by driving down the right and crossing for Perisic, who shot straight at Ward. But it was too little too late, and Wales were elated with their result.
Changes in the last minutes
During the last minutes of the game, Morrell was replaced by Jordan James, who made his debut, and Croatia made their own substitution, with Modric replaced by Majer. The game had three additional minutes, with Croatia playing the free kick short and eventually pumping the ball into the Wales box, only to be cleared. The match saw Wales hold off Croatia’s pressure and secure a 1-1 draw.
A textbook demonstration
The draw against Croatia demonstrated the importance of never giving up and hanging on until the final whistle. Wales held their own against a stronger team and managed to walk away with a valuable point. With this result, Wales can look forward to their next match against Latvia with renewed confidence.