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World Cup qualifiers: Wales secure play-off spot as Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic fight to shine

ales was guaranteed a spot in the World Cup qualifying play-offs after Spain beat Greece in Athens on Thursday night.

While Robert Page’s side knew that by winning their UEFA Nations League group a play-off spot was likely awaiting them, Spain’s victory in the Greek capital confirmed it. Now Wales must finish second in the group to have any hope of being seeded in the play-offs before what could be their first World Cup in 1958.

Elsewhere, the Republic of Ireland held Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal to a 0-0 draw in Dublin while Georgia shocked Sweden by beating them 2-0 in Batumi.

As frustrating as the night has been for Portugal, they are now top of Group A and will automatically qualify if they avoid the loss to Serbia in Lisbon on Sunday.

For Sweden, their qualifying hopes automatically took a heavy blow as Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved unable to prevent what was a surprising defeat and which leaves Spain at a point in next winter’s tournament before they meet. in Seville on Sunday.

Germany, meanwhile, have scored nine times against Liechtenstein in Wolfsburg, a result that keeps both North Macedonia and Romania in the race for a place in the Group J play-offs.


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