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Football | Euro 2024 Qualifiers | Matchday 9 | Roundup

By Robert Wheeler

  • Wales suffer setback
  • England win lethargically
  • Scotland draw and Northern Ireland lose
Europe – Matchday 9 of the Euro 2024 Qualifiers saw Wales suffer a major setback as they could only draw with Armenia.


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Wales’ hopes dashed

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Wales’ chances of going to Germany next year suffered a major blow as they only managed a 1-1 draw with Armenia. Rob Page‘s side must beat Turkey on Tuesday and hope Croatia drop points against Armenia if they are to qualify for the Euros.

Lucas Zelarayan gave Armenia the lead with a fantastic strike into the bottom corner after just five minutes. However, Wales equalised when Connor Roberts‘ long throw was turned in by Nair Tiknizyan for an own goal.

It was always going to be a difficult qualifying campaign for Wales with their talisman Gareth Bale now retired.


England win lethargically

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England have already qualified for the Euros but performances like this against Malta will not fill supporters with optimism.

The game looked like it could be another Thee Lions demolition when Phil Foden‘s cross was deflected into the Malta net by Enrico Pepe early on. However, England’s second did not come until the 75th minute when Harry Kane finally gave their lead a cushion.

Gareth Southgate‘s side looked very flat and it was not until Declan Rice and Cole Palmer came on that they started to look threatening. Rice also scored a great goal but it was ruled out by VAR for offside.


Scotland draw

Scotland have also qualified for Germany next year and they played out a 2-2 draw with Georgia. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia of Napoli scored twice for the Georgians. However, they were pegged back by Scott McTominay and Lawrence Shankland in the 93rd minute.

Steve Clarke‘s side has one more game against Norway who will be without their star striker Erling Haaland who got injured against the Faroe Islands.


Northern Ireland lose again

Northern Ireland suffered a 4-0 defeat to Finland as their miserable qualifying campaign continues. Michael O’Neill‘s side have now lost seven of their nine matches and their hopes of going to Germany are long gone.

The Euro Qualifiers return on Sunday, November 19.