Wales keep Euro 2024 hopes alive with Latvia win

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Wales claimed a 2-0 win over Latvia in their Euro 2024 Qualifier in Riga to stay in the qualification mix with three games to play in Group D.

In what was billed as a must-win for boss Robert Page, Wales took a 28th-minute lead from the penalty spot. Kaspars Dubra bundled over Harry Wilson and Aaron Ramsey coolly converted for his 100th career goal.

Chances came and went for Wales with Brennan Johnson particularly wasteful as Latvia sensed an unlikely equaliser.

Janis Ikaunieks survived a VAR review for a red card after aiming a wild kick at Jordan James as Slovakian referee Michal Ocenas stuck to his on-field decision despite coming over to review the incident on the screen.

David Brooks put the issue beyond Latvia in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

Wales have to play Croatia (h), Armenia (a) and Turkey (h) across their final three games as it’s all to play for in Group D.

More to follow…

Wales player ratings

Wales: Ward (7), Mepham (6), Rodon (6), Davies (6), Roberts (7), Ampadu (6), James (7), Williams (6), Ramsey (7), Wilson (7), Johnson (5)

Subs: Brooks (7), Bradshaw (6)

Player of the match: Harry Wilson

Can Wales qualify for Euro 2024 through the Nations League?

If Wales fail to qualify through this group, there is still hope courtesy of the Nations League. Three Euro 2024 spots are allocated to teams based on their Nations League performances, where Leagues A, B, and C are allocated one place each with the winner of each play-off, consisting of a semi-final and final, secure safe passage to the upcoming Euros.

Wales suffered relegation from League A in September but due to almost every team in League A on course to qualify automatically for the tournament, a spot in the play-offs is essentially guaranteed.

The draw takes place in November 2023, with the play-off semi-finals and finals being played between March 21 and 26, 2024.

What’s next?

Latvia’s next game is a Euro 2024 Qualifier against Armenia in Riga on October 12 – kick-off 5pm.

Wales’ next outing is against Gibraltar in a friendly at the Racecourse Ground on October 11 – kick-off 7.45pm.

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