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Croatia edge out Wales 2-1 in the European Qualifiers.

Giggs points to defence in Osijek defeat


Wales football manager Ryan Giggs says his side need to improve defensively if they're to qualify for the 2020 European Championships.

They suffered their first defeat in Group E - going down 2-1 away to World Cup runners-up Croatia.

But he said he's optimistic they can get their campaign back on track.

He said:

"We've got a chance with the players that we've got. But again, you've got to defend as well and not give silly goals away. 

"You can't be chasing games no matter who you've got up front.

"First of all we've got to lay that platform, that foundation for these players to flourish,"

Ivan Perisic caused Wales some real problems from the off and saw his cross turned home by Jamie Lawrence in the 17th minute to put the hosts ahead in Osijek.

Perisic added a much-deserved second just minutes after the break, but David Brooks ensured a nervy finish at a sold-out Stadion Gradski vrt as his curling effort was deflected home in the 76th minute.

But, despite late pressure, Wales could not force the draw as Croatia went top of Group E with six points and Ryan Giggs' side dropped into third place.

 

 

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