What Wales’ win over Turkey means for Euro 2020 qualifier as Italy does them a favor


Wales have placed themselves in a dominant position to advance to the knockout stages of Euro 2020 by beating Turkey 2-0 in Baku.

Aaron Ramsey scored his 17th international goal in the first half before Gareth Bale missed a penalty just after the hour mark.

But Connor Roberts struck in injury time as the Red Dragons picked up a valuable three points.

And there was more good news later on Wednesday night as Italy’s 3-0 win over Switzerland bolstered Wales’ chances of qualifying for knockouts.

This means Rob Page’s men have four points heading into their final group stage game against Italy in Rome on Sunday, and, most importantly, they can no longer finish bottom of their group.

Their victory over the Turks should prove to be enough to qualify them for the round of 16, but results elsewhere could still dictate how things play out.

Wales will secure second place in the group and a place in the round of 16 with a draw against Roberto Mancini’s side on Sunday. A victory would put them at the top of the group.

And even a loss will see them finish second, as long as Switzerland doesn’t beat Turkey and remedy their current five-goal goal-difference deficit with Wales.

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Even in this worst-case scenario, Wales would almost certainly progress as one of the best teams in third place.

The first two teams from the six groups automatically advance to the round of 16. The last four remaining places will go to the best four third.

The duo, third behind Slovakia and the Republic of Ireland, advanced to the knockout stages of Euro 2016 after winning four points out of the nine offered in the group stage.

Northern Ireland and future champions Portugal both qualified with just three points. Turkey and Albania were the unlucky pair to miss after amassing the same points total, although their lower goal difference proved costly.

So it looks like victory over Turkey will be more than enough to bring Wales to the round of 16, although they may have to wait a few days after the game against Italy for official confirmation.

Group A remaining matches

Switzerland v Turkey (Sunday 20 June) – kick off at 5 p.m.

Italy – Wales (Sunday 20 June) – kick off at 5 p.m.


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