Today is the last day of qualifying for Euro 2024, and out of all 10 groups, only one question mark remains. It is in group “D”, where Croatia and Wales will fight for the last direct quota for the championship of the Old Continent.
Tonight at 21:45 our time, Wales welcome already qualified Turkey in a match you will be able to watch on Diema Sport 2, while at the same time Croatia welcome Moldova at Maksimir in Zagreb.
The situation is as follows: Turkey qualified for Euro 2024 back in October and currently has 16 points. In second place is the team of Croatia with 13 points, holding the fate in their hands, and third is Wales with 11 points.
For Croatia, the calculations are easy – a victory over Armenia and Euro 2024 will be certain, because the absence of the third in the world from the forum cannot help but be a serious surprise.
However, if the Croatians fail to win, what happens in Cardiff at the same time will be key. A draw or defeat for the Firemen in Zagreb, accompanied by a Wales win, will mean the Dragons go to a third successive European Championship.
Even if the two teams finish with equal points, which is a possible scenario with a draw in Zagreb and a victory for Wales, the “dragons” who have an advantage in head-to-head matches will go to the European tournament.
However, if Wales don’t win their game against Turkey, which will by no means be a surprise, then it won’t matter what happens in Zagreb.
However, for both teams, not everything ends today, because the third place finisher in the group will have a second chance through the playoffs in March.
Both Croatia and Wales are guaranteed a place in the play-offs, where they will have to deal with Poland, Estonia and one of Finland, Bosnia and Ukraine.