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Wales U21 0-2 Portugal U21: Welsh hopes of reaching Euro 2019 end with defeat

Andre Horta
Andre Horta joined LAFC in March

Wales' slim chances of qualifying for the 2019 Euro U21s Championships ended after a 2-0 defeat to 10-man Portugal.

Los Angeles FC midfielder Andre Horta gave Portugal the lead on 35 minutes with a sumptuous long range effort.

Wales sensed a route back into the game when Yuri Ribeiro was sent off on the hour after a second yellow card.

Rabbi Matondo came closest to finding an equaliser but twice missed the target before Joao Felix's deflected shot made the result safe.

Wales remain fourth in Group 8, trailing leaders Romania by eight points and are also eight points behind second placed Bosnia-Herzegovina, who were knocked off top after losing 2-0 to Romania. Portugal extended their advantage over Wales to six points.

The group winners qualify automatically for next summer's finals in Italy and San Marino, while the four best runners-up among the nine groups advance to the play-offs.

Robert Page's Wales side had kept alive their slim hopes of qualifying with a 2-1 win over Liechtenstein on Friday, Wales lost 2-0 in Portugal last September in the reverse fixture.

"I was really proud of the players tonight they gave a good account of themselves, some of our performances were excellent," Page told BBC Sport Wales.

"The difference is we created chances and were not clinical enough.

"There are aspects with the performance we are pleased with, 2-0 absolutely feels like a harsh scoreline for us.

"But I could not be more proud of my group of players."

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 11th September 2018

As It Stood


1Greece U2187102432122
2Croatia U2186112552019
3Czech Rep U2184131314-113
4Belarus U2183231012-211
5Moldova U219216822-147
6San Marino U219009125-240


1Spain U2187012381521
2Slovakia U2185031517-215
3Northern Ireland U2184221311214
4Iceland U2183231411311
5Albania U218134714-76
6Estonia U218017920-111


1Denmark U2186112671919
2Poland U2185301881018
3Finland U2182331217-59
4Georgia U218233915-69
5Faroe Islands U218134815-76
6Lithuania U218116314-114


1England U2186201441020
2Ukraine U218422158714
3Scotland U218422128414
4Netherlands U218332156912
5Latvia U218035515-103
6Andorra U218026121-202


1Germany U2186112962319
2Norway U2184221310314
3R. of Ireland U2184221110114
4Kosovo U21933399012
5Israel U2182241117-68
6Azerbaijan U219027526-212


1Belgium U2197202051523
2Sweden U2196211951420
3Turkey U219423129314
4Hungary U2183231010011
5Cyprus U219207722-156
6Malta U218008522-170


1Serbia U2188002351824
2Austria U2186022251718
3Russia U218512189916
4Armenia U219225916-78
5Macedonia U2181161018-84
6Gibraltar U219108130-293


1Romania U218530134918
2Bosnia and Herzegovina U2196032271518
3Portugal U2185122091116
4Wales U218314811-310
5Switzerland U2193151015-510
6Liechtenstein U218008229-270


1France U2199002351827
2Slovenia U2184221210214
3Kazakhstan U2192431213-110
4Bulgaria U2182339909
5Montenegro U218125714-75
6Luxembourg U218116618-124
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