by David Rata
Wales, 28th nation in the world, will try to confirm their very good point taken in Croatia (1-1) during the first day of these Qualifiers. Wales can thank Broadhead for this equalizer in added time (90th + 3) in Split. This draw is good after a disappointing run during the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar (0 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses) where the Welsh selection failed to reach the 1/8th finals. Latvia, only 33rd in the world rankings, have not won away since 2 trips, i.e. 1 draw synonymous with defeat in Andorra (1-1) and 1 loss in Ireland (3-2) during a meeting friendly on March 22. Latvia have not won in regulation time in their last 5 outings and this trip to Cardiff promises to be complicated for the selection of Kazakevics which is the weakest nation in the pool with Armenia. Latvia will therefore try to avoid the last place in Group D.