Are you looking to relive the exciting match between Wales and Croatia? You’re in luck! We have the full match replay and highlight for you to enjoy. This thrilling encounter took place as part of the UEFA Euro 2024 Qualification, Group D – Matchday 8. Make sure to mark your calendars for the kick-off time at 18:45 UTC on Sunday, Oct 15, 2023. Refereeing this intense battle is none other than Davide Massa from Italy. The game will be held at the magnificent Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff. Don’t miss out on all the action!
Wales vs Croatia Full Match Reports
A double dose of brilliance from Harry Wilson propelled Wales to a well-earned 2-1 triumph against Croatia in the realm of European Championship Qualifying (ECQ). This victory ignited their prospects of securing a ticket to Germany, accompanied by the prestige of claiming their maiden victory over the Kockasti.
Despite a depleted roster, Y Dreigiau exhibited plenty of determination during the initial phases of the game, buoyed by the resounding support of their home crowd. Harry Wilson displayed his attacking intent, carving out opportunities. Domagoj Vida managed to thwart one of his attempts and later brought him down, resulting in a free-kick expertly saved by Dominik Livaković.
In contrast, Croatia held their fair share of possession in the first half but failed to truly test Danny Ward. They struggled to involve their front three, with Petar Musa awkwardly sending a header over the crossbar from their sole notable opening. Zlatko Dalić initiated a triple substitution during the halftime break, hoping to invigorate his team. However, within just two minutes of the restart, they found themselves trailing.
Ward launched a lengthy ball up the pitch, which the Croatian defense failed to deal with. When David Brooks deftly flicked the ball forward, Wilson showcased his pace by outpacing the defenders and coolly finishing past Livaković.
Wales encountered a setback as Brooks was forced to leave the pitch due to an injury just before the hour mark. However, his replacement, Dan James, wasted no time in making an impact. Only three minutes after James’s introduction, the winger delivered an exquisite cross that Wilson elegantly directed into the bottom corner, securing his brace. This was a remarkable feat for Wilson, who had endured a dry spell, failing to score in his previous 11 competitive appearances for club and country.
Dan James continued to display his ambition, narrowly missing the target with a curled effort after cutting inside Marcelo Brozović.
Croatia demonstrated signs of life when Mario Pašalić capitalized on Kieffer Moore’s flick from a corner by Luka Modrić, heading home with just a quarter-hour remaining. Nonetheless, this rally proved to be too little too late, and Ward’s pivotal save on Dion Beljo’s header in the closing moments allowed Wales to hold their ground. The victory marked Wales’ consecutive ECQ triumph, catapulting them to the second position in Group D, leaving Croatia in their wake. Remarkably, Croatia faced back-to-back ECQ defeats for the first time as an independent nation, placing their streak of five consecutive finals appearances in jeopardy.
Man of the Match: Harry Wilson (Wales)