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Wales suffer blow in day three of internationals


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Wales were handed a blow in their hopes of automatic qualification to UEFA EURO 2024 with a draw to Armenia on Saturday. 

They had headed into the game knowing that two wins from their final two games would secure a place in Germany next summer. 

However, they could only earn a point in Yerevan and have subsequently handed control to Croatia for the second and final qualification spot in Group D. 

David Brooks, Chris Mepham and Kieffer Moore all started for Wales, who went behind after just five minutes to Lucas Zelarayán's goal.

Brooks went close soon after with a shot from the edge of the box, which flew just over, and Moore forced a couple of decent saves. 

An own-goal from Nair Tiknizyan on the stroke of half-time gave Wales hope, but they were unable to grab the winner as Brooks was replaced in the 50th minute.

To secure qualification, Wales will need to beat Turkey in their final game on Tuesday and hope Croatia fail to beat Armenia, or their chances will rest on the play-offs in 2024.

Andrei Radu didn't play for Romania in their victory over Israel but he was able to join his teammates in celebration as their EURO 2024 spot was confirmed. 

Romania took on Israel in Hungary and went behind after just two minutes through Eran Zahavi, but goals from George Puscas and Ianis Hagi secured the win. 

Mark Travers was also an unused substitute for Republic of Ireland, who were defeated 1-0 by Netherlands. 

Finally, development squad midfielder Nathan Moriah-Welsh didn't get as far as the pitch for Guyana, who saw their CONCACAF Nations League fixture with Barbados postponed due to adverse weather conditions. 

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