Wales Vs Armenia Highlights
The Wales vs Armenia Highlights is online, as Armenia had victory against Wales in the Euro 2024 qualifier round group stage match with 4-2 at Cardiff city stadium on June 16,2023.
As Wales had lost the match against Armenia, they lost the chance of huge blow to top the Group D as their start was good enough to grab four points from first two matches. Dan James gave them the perfect start inside nine minutes. Complacency set in, though which gave the chance to score twice before the break through Lucas Zelarayan and the exciting 19 year old Grant Leon Ranos. Gibraltar had lost against the match with France with 0-3 in Euro 2024 qualifiers round.
Wales were expected to lay siege to the visitors’ goal after half-time but their response was limp as Ranos took advantage of some more sloppy Wales defending to score a brilliantly-finished third. Harry Wilson looked to have set up a grandstand finish with 18 minutes to go but Zelarayan scored his second moments later to dent the Cardiff atmosphere. England had a victory over Malta with 4-0 in Euro 2024 qualifiers round.
Wales’ task become tougher as the clock ticked down when Moore was shown a straight red for an apparent kick on Armenia goalkeeper Ognjen Cancarevic, who celebrated like he had scored the winner with his team-mates when the referee showed the Welsh striker the card.
David Brooks was among the substitutes after rejoining the squad for the first time since being diagnosed with stage-two Hodgkin lymphoma in October 2021 and his introduction was the only positive on an otherwise sour night for Wales. Greece had the victory against Republic of Ireland with 2-1 on Euro 2024 qualifiers round.
Wales applied early pressure with connor Roberts long throws posing problems and Moore can be able to do better than he missed some of headed chances. The goal from James when Brennan Johnson assisted on the 10th minute of the match. Armenia sprung into life after the goal as Eduard Spertsyan headed inches wide – but Wales did not heed that warning. Nair Tiknizyan centred from the left moments later for Zelarayan to send a sweet volley past him.
It got worse for Wales as Joe Rodon lost possession in his own half and Spertsyan’s perfect ball arced over Chris Mepham for the unmarked Ranos to head home. James drove wide after the restart, but Wales became increasingly frustrated and Ranos put them further in trouble when bamboozling Rodon and firing an unstoppable finish past Danny Ward.
Wales were back in it 18 minutes from time when Moore headed down at the far post and Wilson stabbed home from close range. But Armenia responded again when Ranos thumped a post before Zelarayan smashed home his second goal after Joe Morrell was caught in possession. Moore will miss Monday’s trip to Turkey after his harsh sending off for a clash with Chancharevich – that game now takes on extra significance for Wales after this setback.
Robert Page on postmatch interview
Robert Page said, “I didn’t see that coming, it’s really shocked me. The fundamentals of what we stand for, hard work and priding ourselves on the hard parts of the game. They taught us a lesson of how to do the not so pretty side of the game.
“That wasn’t us. We got the early goal and created chances after that but weren’t clinical. When you play against a team with that formation you have to be compact and we were far too expansive, getting done on four transitions. They were clinical, every chance they had it was in the net.
“I’ll never question the attitude of the players. We as coaches take responsibility. The players have been incredible all week. We’ll learn from this and we’ve got a game on Monday where we can put it right.
“Perhaps it was the slap we needed. A little bit of a reality check. Everyone was getting starry-eyed and carried away. Yes we had a great start in March but there are no bad teams anymore. Turkey beat Latvia in the 96th minute tonight, teams go toe-to-toe.”