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Wales win Euro qualifier in Azerbaijan


Wales win Euro qualifier in Azerbaijan

Wales kept their hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2020 alive with an assured 2-0 victory in Azerbaijan on Saturday (Nov 16).

Wales eased to a comfortable win in Azerbaijan to set up a winner-takes-all match with Hungary for automatic qualification for Euro 2020.

Kieffer Moore headed the dominant visitors into an early lead, which was doubled when Harry Wilson nodded into an empty net after Daniel James' fierce swerving shot rebounded off the crossbar and post.

Wales maintained their control in the second half and, although Moore and Wilson missed the best chances to extend their advantage, it mattered little as Ryan Giggs' side coasted to victory.

Croatia secured top spot in Group E by beating Slovakia 3-1 on Saturday, meaning Wales can take the second qualifying place with a win over Hungary in Cardiff on Tuesday.

A draw in that match could allow Slovakia to clinch second place with a win over Azerbaijan.

Ryan Giggs' side do have the back-up route of a guaranteed play-off place thanks to Sweden's win over Romania in Group F on Friday.

But having suffered so many agonising qualifying near misses in the past, Wales will be eager to take the lottery of a play-off out of the equation by beating Hungary to secure what would be only their third appearance at a major tournament.

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