Internationals – Rodon stars as Wales qualify despite defeat
Mon 21 June 2021, 08:18|Tottenham Hotspur
Joe Rodon put in an impressive shift to help Wales qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2020 on Sunday evening.
The young centre-back completed the full 90 minutes against Italy in Rome and was influential at both ends of the field as Wales secured second spot in Group A on goal difference, despite a narrow 1-0 defeat.
With Switzerland beating Turkey 3-1 in Group A’s other fixture, the runners-up position was in jeopardy for Robert Page’s side, but they did enough to restrict the margin of defeat to a solitary strike, which was sufficient for them to stay ahead of Switzerland on goal difference.
Matteo Pessina scored the only goal of the game in the first half, but Ethan Ampadu’s straight red card on 55 minutes left Wales clinging on with 10 men for the bulk of the second period.
Joe was excellent in defence with some outstanding interventions, while his header set up Gareth Bale in a good chance at the other end towards the latter stages.
With Wales changing to a back three, Ben Davies was on the bench but he did come on with four minutes remaining to help his nation through to full-time. Gareth was substituted at the same time as Ben’s introduction.
Finishing third could have been enough for Wales to progress, but they kept their destiny in their own hands with this result and will now face the runners-up of Group B – one of Belgium, Russia, Finland or Denmark – in Amsterdam next Saturday.
Overnight into the early hours of Monday morning, Davinson Sanchez was in action for Colombia in what turned out to be a disappointing day at the office at the Copa America, with his side going down 2-1 to Peru in Goiânia, Brazil.
Davinson played the full game at the back, with his side remaining in second spot on four points ahead of their meeting with host nation Brazil in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Monday evening’s fixtures
Toby Alderweireld - Belgium Euro 2020 group stage match against Finland - kick-off 8pm
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg - Denmark Euro 2020 group stage match against Russia - kick-off 8pm
Giovani Lo Celso – Argentina Copa America group stage match against Paraguay – kick-off 1am Tuesday (UK time)