Royals duo help Wales qualify for EurosReading pair Chris Gunter and Hal Robson-Kanu have tonight played their part in international history by helping Wales to qualify for the European Championships for the very first time.
The Dragons fell to a 2-0 defeat on the night, but it was their first loss of the nine qualification games to date – remarkably Milan Djuric’s opener for the hosts was the only goal that Wales have conceded in open play, and the first goal against in almost ten hours. While Wales were doing battle in Bosnia, Cyprus were 2-1 winners against Israel in Jerusalem – meaning that a top-two spot has been guaranteed for Wales with a game to spare.
It is only the second time that the Dragons have qualified for a major international tournament in the country’s history – the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, 58 years previous, the only other instance. And now Wales can begin their preparations for the trip to France in 2016 where they’ll compete for Europe’s elite for the top prize on the continent.
Defender Gunter hasn’t missed a minute of the qualification campaign and has helped the Dragons to six clean-sheets in their nine fixtures. Meanwhile forward Robson-Kanu, who has also been a fixture in the national side and scored a critical goal against Cyprus last year, didn’t give the home defence a moment of rest in typical fashion on the night.
Wales host Andorra on Tuesday at the Cardiff City Stadium – it will be a celebratory affair for the Dragons, and a win could see them qualify as group champions if Israel can take a victory in Belgium.
Our congratulations go to Hal, Chris, and all associated with Wales for their wonderful achievement.