Wales manager Rob Page expressed his disappointment as his team narrowly missed out on securing a spot in Euro 2024 after Poland clinched victory in a penalty shootout in Cardiff on Tuesday.

In a tense match that ended in a goalless draw, Leeds winger Dan James’ missed penalty proved decisive as Poland secured a place in Group D alongside France, the Netherlands and Austria for the upcoming European Championship in Germany.

Page acknowledged the heartbreak for his players, particularly as they were just one kick away from qualification. Despite the setback, he remained optimistic about the team’s future, stating that they would emerge stronger from the experience.

Despite Poland’s failure to register a shot on target during regular play, they displayed composure from the penalty spot, converting all five of their kicks to secure their fifth consecutive Euros appearance.

Wales, missing key figures like Gareth Bale, struggled to find their attacking rhythm throughout the match. Despite dominating possession, they lacked the creativity to break the deadlock, relying heavily on set-pieces and physical presence up front.

In a match that saw little goalmouth action, both teams failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities, leading to a stalemate, even after extra time. Ultimately, Wales’ first experience of penalties ended in disappointment despite a valiant effort.

The defeat marks the end of Wales’ Euro 2024 campaign, leaving them to regroup and refocus for future challenges.

With AFP

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