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Wales' Hopes Hang by a Thread After Draw with Armenia

Wales Hopes Hang by a Thread After Draw with Armenia

Dragons' Dreams Dashed?

Wales' hopes of reaching the Euros for a third successive time were left hanging by a thread after they again failed to beat Armenia. Rob Page's side knew that two wins would secure their spot in Germany this summer, but it now looks like they'll have to rely on the Nations League play-offs in the spring.

Final Match Showdown

In order to keep their Euro 2024 dreams alive, Wales must win their final game against Turkey and hope for Croatia to slip up in one of their last two matches. The pressure is on as the Dragons reflect on the two games against Armenia that might have cost them their place in the tournament.

Early Setback

Wales got off to a slow start in Yerevan as Lucas Zelarayan scored for Armenia after just five minutes. The Argentinian-born midfielder expertly fired into the bottom corner, giving the home side the early advantage.

Lucky Break

Just before half-time, Wales got a stroke of luck when an own-goal from Nair Tyknizyan leveled the score. Connor Roberts' long throw was aimed for Joe Rodon, but it was Armenia's Tyknizyan who unintentionally redirected the ball into his own net.

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Missed Opportunities

Despite some chances in the second half, including a shot that hit the underside of the bar from Vahan Bichakhchyan, neither team was able to find a winner. Wales' star players, including Dan James and Kieffer Moore, came close but couldn't convert their chances.

Playoff Possibility

With their fate now in Croatia's hands, it looks likely that Wales will have to settle for a spot in the playoffs. The Dragons will be determined to reach their third straight Euros, but it will require a strong performance against Turkey and some luck in the final group matches.

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