YEREVAN, ARMENIA – Wales’ aspirations of securing automatic qualification for the Euro 2024 finals in Germany took a major hit as they were unable to secure a victory against an energetic Armenia team, resulting in a 1-1 draw at the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium. This disappointing outcome meant that Rob Page’s team now faces a challenging task of winning their remaining two matches in Group D to keep their hopes alive for a spot in the finals. Nevertheless, Wales no longer have control over their destiny and must now depend on Croatia losing points in their forthcoming games against Latvia and Armenia. Additionally, they need to triumph over Turkey in Cardiff.
Wales encountered difficulties during their match against Armenia and were fortunate to secure a draw against a dynamic host team. Armenia took an early lead, courtesy of an exceptional goal by Lucas Zelarayán in the fifth minute. However, Wales managed to level the score just before halftime, thanks to an own goal by Nair Tiknizyan. Although Wales managed to score an important goal to level the game, they faced challenges in finding their groove throughout the match. The relentless determination and energy displayed by Armenia made it hard for Wales to create scoring opportunities. As a result, the draw has put Wales in a risky position, leaving them with the potential need to navigate a play-off match in order to secure their spot in the Euro 2024 finals.
With their hopes of qualifying hanging in the balance, Wales must regroup and deliver a strong performance in their remaining matches. They will be relying on Croatia to stumble, but they are also aware of the importance of taking matters into their own hands against Turkey.