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Ivan Perisic shows no mercy as Croatia put early dent in Wales’ Euro 2020 hopes

This always had the look of a tough test for Wales and so it proved as they suffered European Championship qualifying defeat at the hands of Croatia.

On a sweltering afternoon in the northern city of Osijek, temperatures touched 30 degrees throughout the game and Wales chased the ball for long periods. James Lawrence’s own-goal caused Ryan Giggs’s men to fall behind in the first half and a strike from the excellent Ivan Perisic soon after the break made the game safe for Croatia. The substitute David Brooks did pull a goal back for Wales, but it was not enough and his team now have a brief window to regroup before their visit to Hungary on Tuesday night.

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