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Croatia qualified for Euro 2024, Wales will go through the play-offs

There was one ticket left in play on Tuesday during the last qualifying matches for Euro 2024. Croatia waited until the tenth and final day to get their ticket. The Croats won with the smallest of margins against Armenia (1-0) and snatched first place in Group D, ahead of Turkey. Luka Modric’s teammates opened the scoring thanks to a headed goal from Ante Budimir, just before the break (43rd), on a serve from Borna Sosa.

The other meeting in Group D saw Wales and Turkey neutralize each other at Cardiff City Stadium (1-1). Neco Williams was served by Fulham midfielder Harry Wilson and opened the scoring in the 7th minute. The Dragons were able to be dangerous thanks to dynamic counter phases, but were unable to make the break. Yusuf Yazici converted the equalizing penalty (1-1) for the Turks. Forced to go through the play-offs to hope to play in the Euro, Wales paid for their mistakes in previous matches, including a defeat and a draw against Armenia.

Romania ends with success

In Group I, there was no more suspense regarding the qualifiers. For this final day, the first two in the group faced each other in Bucharest, where Romania got the better of Switzerland (1-0). In the 50th minute, the locals took advantage of an opposing defensive error on a great collective movement. Above the Swiss defense, Nicolae Stanciu accurately served Morutan, who put it back for Denis Alibec, scorer.

Qualified for the Euro 2024 play-offs, Israel beat Andorra (0-2) in the heart of the Pyrenees. Andorran defender Joan Cervos scored against his side after half an hour of play. To make the break, Gadi Kinda, the Sporting Kansas City midfielder, scored the second Israeli goal in the 80th minute, well served by a cross from ‘Avishay Cohen. Another away result, Belarus beat Kosovo (0-1) at the Fadil Vokrri Stadium in Pristina thanks to a goal from Dmitriy Antilevskiy.

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