Wales slump to a shock 4-2 residence defeat by Armenia despite objectives by Daniel James and Harry Wilson… as Kieffer Moore is sent off on lousy night for the hosts
Daniel James opened scoring but Lucas Zelarayan got Armenia on stage termsGrant-Leon Ranos scored twice but Harry Wilson put Wales in touching distanceHowever, Zelarayan scored once again and Kieffer Moore was shown a purple card
You can rejoice your fantastic fans, stirring tunes and backbone-tingling ambiance all you like, but none of those factors make a difference very significantly if you are hopeless when the real soccer commences.
In entrance of the Pink Wall that is amid the biggest assistance on the earth, 10-man Wales stank the location out in opposition to lowly Armenia, who are rated 97th in the environment. Kieffer Moore was despatched off late on and it was no surprise to listen to some boos at whole-time.
They wasted a fine opportunity to consider cost of their qualifying group, with Croatia on Nations League duty. A defensive performance as bad as this will be duly punished by Turkey in Samsun on Monday.
Boss Rob Webpage will maintain talks with his gamers today in advance of the journey and he admitted: ‘We experienced a slap tonight – a actuality examine – and probably it’s the slap we need to have.
‘I didn’t see that coming. It shocked me. They taught us a lesson in how to do the not so fairly facet of the video game.’
Wales experienced a shock 4-2 defeat by Armenia to dent their hopes of qualifying for the Euros
Wales captain Aaron Ramsey (correct) and Joe Rodon glimpse dejected just after their shock decline on Friday night
Lucas Zelarayan (right) scored two times on a unforgettable night for Armenia in Cardiff
Bayern Munich youngster Grant-Leon Ranos also scored a brace at the Cardiff City stadium
From the early exchanges it had seemed as although this would be a plan evening. Moore was dominant in the air and experienced previously skipped two opportunities by the time Daniel James place Wales in front.
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At that stage, nobody experienced reckoned on Armenia combating back, nonetheless they led at 50 percent-time thanks to objectives from Lucas Zelarayan and Grant-Leon Ranos.
Ranos, 19, realized his trade at Bayern Munich and additional his 2nd before long after an hour. Nevertheless Harry Wilson halved the deficit shortly after, Zelarayan swiftly doubled his possess tally to make it 4 —moments immediately after Ranos experienced strike the bar.
Wales’ misery was finish when Moore was shown a straight red card for showing up to kick out at goalkeeper Ognjen Chancharevich, whose ludicrous antics sealed Moore’s fate.
With four points from two online games, Wales arrived below in buoyant temper. Page praised their power in depth said their woe at the Environment Cup — where by Wales did not get a match — was firmly in the earlier.
Nevertheless what Wales served up here was as grim as something they created in Qatar. They could possibly not have England’s depth of talent, but every member of their commencing XI has performed in 1 of Europe’s best-five leagues.
Their globe ranking of 26th is about right and must have been additional than adequate to despatch a group 71 places down below them. It appeared as even though Armenia would be overcome when Brennan’s Johnson’s reduced cross was turned in by James.
But Armenia equalised with a wonderful volley from Zelarayan in the 19th minute and matters turned even worse for Wales on the half-hour mark as unmarked Ranos guided a deft header beyond Danny Ward.
Remarkably, it acquired even even worse for Wales immediately after 66 minutes. Chris Mepham failed to location Ranos’ dummy, enabling the forward to collect the move from Zelarayan and shoot outside of Ward.
Wales got just one again when Wilson stabbed household Moore’s knockdown. 5 minutes afterwards Moore was despatched off for violent carry out prior to Armenia wrapped up the get. Joe Morrell was robbed around his goal by Ugochukwu Iwu and he slipped in Zelarayan, who did the relaxation from 15 property.
The night time started off brightly for Rob Page’s Wales when Daniel James put them ahead early on
Kieffer Moore was proven a straight crimson card for appearing to kick out at Armenia’s goalkeeper