Wales need to win their remaining fixtures to qualify as teams like Belgium, Russia, France and Turkey have already booked their place in the final tournament.
The ongoing international break has seen some rather exhilarating clashes in the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers. Quite interestingly, goals rained in the latest round of fixtures as none of the results in as many as nine games ended up in a goalless draw.
Amongst the high-margin wins, Scotland and Russia cruised past San Marino and Cyprus respectively. In-form Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn scored an excellent hat-trick in the first half itself to hand over a triple lead to Scotland, who finally found winning ways after four consecutive defeats.
On the other hand, Denis Cheryshev scored a brace for Russia as Artem Dzyuba and Aleksander Golovin were all on the score sheet for the visitors.
Probably the most-watched game on the night between Wales and Croatia ended up in a 1-1 draw as the hosts came from a goal down to hold the FIFA World Cup 2018 finalists at home to keep their hopes alive for qualification.
Nikola Vlasic had given a lead to the visitors in the ninth minute itself, however, Gareth Bale equalised in the dying minutes of the first half as the scores remained level until the final whistle.
“We showed commitment, but quality as well. I don’t get a lot of time with them, but what they showed doesn’t surprise me as I see the quality in training,” said Wales head coach Ryan Giggs appreciating his side’s performance after the game.
Meanwhile, 10-man Germany managed to edge out hosts Estonia after Emre Can was shown a straight red card for a reckless tackle in the 14th minute. A second-half brace by Ilkay Gundogan followed by a strike from Timo Werner helped Die Mannschaft keep up with their race with group leaders the Netherlands, who also eked out a win at Belarus.
Liverpool star Gini Wijnaldum’s quickfire brace in the first half was enough for the Dutch to emerge victorious even as the hosts scored a consolation goal through Stanislaw Drahun.
In other games, Belgium, Poland and Austria too picked up comfortable wins against Kazakhstan, North Macedonia and Slovenia respectively.
Tonight’s fixtures in the qualification round will see England and Portugal travelling to Bulgaria and Ukraine while World Champions France take on Turkey at the Stade de France Stadium.