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Page admits Wales' best chance of making Euro 2024 likely to be in play-offs
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Phil Blanche
Press Association
Rob Page's Wales drew 1-1 in Armenia
Rob Page's Wales drew 1-1 in Armenia

Rob Page accepts Wales' Euro 2024 destiny might lie in the play-offs following their damaging draw with Armenia.

Wales needed a Nair Tiknizyan own goal on the stroke of half-time to give them a 1-1 draw in Yerevan, when Armenia were the most dangerous side for large parts of a low-quality contest.

Croatia are now favourites to take the second automatic qualifying spot behind Turkey, who travel to Cardiff for Wales' last group fixture on Tuesday safe in the knowledge they will be playing in the finals in Germany next summer.

Having dropped points to remove automatic qualification from their own hands, manager Page said: "There's a disappointed group in there but we've got to pick ourselves up and finish on a high on Tuesday.

"Unfortunately it's now out of our control. With a win, we'd all have been buzzing and looking forward to the game on Tuesday and a win would have seen us qualify.

"It's not materialised as we'd like but that's life and we have to get on with it.

"It's about building momentum and if it's a play-off in March, it's a play-off in March.

"If results go for us, we've still got an opportunity to qualify [automatically].

"We can only control what we can do, get the players in the right frame of mind, mentally and physically ready for Tuesday."

Wales were beaten 4-2 by Armenia — ranked 95 in the world and 67 places below them — at the Cardiff City Stadium in June and Page's side were shaken again within five minutes of the Yerevan return.

Wales were left to rue two dropped points
Wales were left to rue two dropped points

Lucas Zelarayan, who scored twice in Cardiff, worked space on the edge of the area after Wales failed to clear a corner and slotted the ball into the corner of Danny Ward's net.

Page said: "We got off to the worst possible start, we knew they were going to come out the traps fast. I'm disappointed with that.

"I thought we grew in the first half and scored at the perfect time.

"But the break came at a bad time for us because I thought we were growing in momentum."


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