State of play: European Qualifiers Group E
25 March 2019

State of play: European Qualifiers Group E

The first round of fixtures have been completed in Group E with all sides playing at least one game.

Wales began their campaign with a victory over Slovakia at the Cardiff City Stadium, courtesy of a competitive debut goal from Dan James.

The victory meant that Wales have won their opening match in their last three major qualifying campaigns.

Qualification began on Thursday (21 March), with four of the five teams in Group E in action. Croatia began their campaign with a victory over Azerbaijan in Zagreb on Thursday. Andrej Kramarić and Borna Barišić both scored to cancel out Ramil Sheydayev’s opening goal.

Elsewhere in the group Albert Rusnák and Ondrej Duda scored without a reply from Hungary at the Anton Malatinský Stadium in Trnava to give Slovakia a winning start.

After Wales' win yesterday, Hungary came from behind to beat World Cup finalists Croatia.  Ádám Szalai and Máté Pátkai cancelled out Ante Rebić’s opener in Budapest to open up the group.

Four teams are now level on three points. Wales are in a strong position having played just once, whilst Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia have all played twice.

Despite tasting defeat on Sunday, Slovakia's Albert Rusnák is ranked the highest performing player according to UEFA’s FedEx Performance Zone he completed three crosses against Wales. 

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey who is placed in 61st in the rankings finishes as Wales best-ranked players at the end of this match day. He made five saves in the victory over Slovakia.

Ryan Giggs’ side face an away double-header against Croatia (8th) and Hungary (11th) in June.

Their next home fixture won’t be until September when they host Azerbaijan.

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