Euro 2020 qualifiers: Wales face group leaders Croatia

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By Emlyn Begley

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  1. Post update

    Kevin Ratcliffe

    Former Wales captain on BBC Radio Wales

    I like the versatility of Ben Davies, he can play in a back three or at left-back or wing-back. He’s consistently an eight out of 10. He’s so consistent and he’s quite aggressive and I like that about him.

    Along with Joe Allen, I think you’ve got to say they’re the two most consistent players for Wales in the last few years.

  2. ‘We can beat anybody’

    Wales v Croatia (19:45 BST)

    Wales captain Gareth Bale insists Wales can shock World Cup finalists Croatia.

    “We’ve had some great results against big teams at home,” he said.

    “We believe in ourselves. We feel no matter who we come up against we can come up with a plan to beat them.

    “We have great players and a great team, and if we put in a performance we can beat anybody.

    “Croatia are the favourites. They are one of the best teams in the world – especially after their World Cup performance.

    “But being underdogs doesn’t change anything. We will always try and set up to win the game.”

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    Video caption: Gareth Bale: Wales have to beat Croatia in ‘humongous game’
  3. Wales unchanged for first time under Giggs

    Wales v Croatia (19:45BST)

    Michael Pearlman

    BBC Sport Wales at Cardiff City Stadium

    Wales manager Ryan Giggs names an unchanged side from the team that drew in Slovakia.

    He had hoped to recall midfielder Aaron Ramsey, but his thigh strain again keeps him out.

    Tottenham defender Ben Davies wins his 50th cap as Giggs names an unchanged side for the first time in qualifying.

    Croatia make three changes with Marcelo Brozovic suspended and Ante Rebic and Ivan Rakitic dropping out for Nikola Vlasic, Josip Brekalo and Bruno Petkovic.

    Wales XI: Hennessey, Roberts, Davies, Lockyer, Rodon; Allen, Ampadu, J Williams; Bale, James, Moore

    Croatia XI: Livakovic, Jedvaj, Barisic, Lovren, Vida; Kovacic, Modric, Vlasic; Brekalo, Perisic, Petkovic

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  5. Post update

    Earlier today, Scotland whacked San Marino 6-0. John McGinn scored a hat-trick.

    Follow reaction here.

    That was effectively a dead rubber, with Scotland already thinking about their play-off next March.

  6. Permutations…

    Wales v Croatia (19:45 BST)

    Nothing can be decided either way today for Wales.

    A win would see them move into a strong position. But even with a defeat, Wales can still qualify, although it would not be in their own hands.

    Victories in their final two games – in Azerbaijan and at home to Hungary – would be enough, providing Croatia beat Slovakia on 16 November.

    That is because if Wales and Slovakia finish level on 13 points, Wales would finish above them because of their superior head-to-head record.

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  7. Welcome

    Wales v Croatia (19:45 BST)

    Three wins away from Euro 2020. It sounds pretty simple when you say it like that.

    The first of Wales’ three deciders, at home to Croatia, starts in half an hour.

    Welcome to live text and radio commentary.

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