Wales Reporter Notebook: Croatia Draw a Smash-and-Grab, with the Stakes High for Rob Page’s Team Against Latvia

Wales vs Latvia: A Must-Win Game for Wales as They Aim to Build on Their Heroic Draw Against Croatia

Wales will take on Latvia in their second game of Euro 2024 qualifying on Tuesday, hoping to continue their momentum after a fantastic 1-1 draw against Croatia in their opening match. The Dragons managed to hold the World Cup semi-finalists to a draw, thanks to a last-minute leveller from substitute Nathan Broadhead. Sky Sports News reporter Geraint Hughes explores the key issues surrounding the Group D game to be played at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Despite being labelled as a ‘smash and grab’ draw in Croatia, the result has given Wales a much-needed boost in confidence, momentum and preparation. Manager Rob Page has revealed that they plan ahead for the whole campaign, not just one game at a time – this puts the team in a better position to achieve their target of 4 points from their first two games. With 6 points already in hand, they are pleasantly surprised and eager to keep building on their success.

Aaron Ramsey, Wales’ new captain, is optimistic about the team’s fortunes and has shown leadership qualities that have impressed fans and critics alike. Wales will be without the talismanic influence of Gareth Bale, but Ramsey is confident that they have enough firepower to secure a win against Latvia.

However, Wales cannot afford to be complacent, given Latvia’s stubborn and disciplined approach that will frustrate and deny Wales space and time on the ball in midfield and in the final third. Page and his coaching staff have worked out plans to break through Latvia’s defence and secure a much-needed victory. If Wales manage to win, it will put them…

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