Euro 2024 play-off preview: Without Gareth Bale to finish, can Wales beat the Finnish?

Nathan Broadhead
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“They’re not a good side. You’ve seen two poor sides trying to contest this group – neither has a glimmer of hope qualifying.”

The last time Wales hosted Finland in a qualifying match for a major tournament, Craig Bellamy didn’t pull his punches. The visitors triumphed 2-0 over John Toshack’s charges at a sparsely populated Millennium Stadium in March 2009, and the bristling Welsh skipper was spot on – neither nation came close to reaching the 2010 World Cup.

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Chris Flanagan
Senior Staff Writer

Chris joined FourFourTwo in 2015 and has reported from more than 20 countries, in places as varied as Ivory Coast and the Arctic Circle. He's interviewed Pele, Zlatan and Santa Claus (it's a long story), as well as covering the World Cup, AFCON and the Clasico. He previously spent 10 years as a newspaper journalist, and completed the 92 in 2017.