Wales return to losing ways


WALES’S World Cup qualification hopes took a significant blow with defeat away to second-placed Croatia.

It had been hoped that Friday’s dramatic 2-1 victory over Scotland would inspire some momentum but a goal for each of Mario Mandzukic and Eduardo gave the home side a lead that would not be threatened.

Wales have three points from four games in Group A but with both Croatia and Belgium on 10 their hopes already appear slim.

Croatia took the lead after 27 minutes when Mandzukic charged down goalkeeper Lewis Price’s clearance, and half an hour from the end Eduardo scored with a tap in from a rebound.