Un­lucky Dragons

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

Tonight the boys de­served all three points.”

It was the third game in a row the Welsh have gone ahead only to draw.

“We can be proud of our­selves. We are on the right track. To­day we can be happy with one point,” said Ser­bia cap­tain Branislav Ivanovic.

The Ir­ish top Group D thanks to a James McClean strike three min­utes af­ter half­time in Vi­enna.

“This is go­ing to be a very tight fin­ish. This has been a splen­did start for us and we are de­lighted with the 10 points,” said Ire­land boss Martin O’Neill.

Spain and Italy con­tinue to set the pace at the helm in Group G and both have 10 points.

Spain played at Granada where Mace­do­nia’s Darko Velkovski scored a 34th minute own goal be­fore Vo­tolo on 63 min­utes, Na­cho Mon­real (83) and vet­eran striker Aritz Aduriz (85) gave them a com­fort­able win.

Tak­ing on min­nows Liecht­en­stein, Italy’s An­f­rea Belotti scored ei­ther side of strikes from Ciro Imo­bile and An­to­nio Can­dreva.

Eran Za­havi con­verted an 18thminute penalty to set Is­rael on their way with Dan Ein­binder and Eli­ran Atar mak­ing sure they beat Al­ba­nia 30 in Ti­rana.

Ice­land failed to repli­cate their Euro 2016 heroics in a 2-0 de­feat in Croa­tia in Group I.

Croa­tia grabbed the lead af­ter 15 min­utes through Marcelo Bro­zovic, but it was Ice­land who took con­trol af­ter that in Za­greb, where the game was played out in front of empty stands af­ter a FIFA sta­dium ban.

De­spite hav­ing plenty of the ball in both halves, Ice­land failed to make the cru­cial break­through.

And the home side pun­ished them in in­jury time, Bro­zovic again do­ing the dam­age against the run of play.

Croa­tia, now top of the group with 10 points from four games, fin­ished the match with 10 men af­ter Ivan Perisic was sent off at the death. – AFP

Liecht­en­stein goal­keeper Peter Jehle blocks a shot on goal by Italy for­ward An­drea Belotti (right) dur­ing yes­ter­day’s World Cup 2018 Euro­pean zone Group G qual­i­fy­ing match at the Rhein­park Sta­dion in Vaduz. –

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