The dream is over for Wales. The British team won’t be present in the World Cup for the first time in their history after losing at home (0-1) against Ireland due to a goal scored by James McClean in the second half. Another Real Madrid player, Luka Modric, keeps his dream alive after winning (0-2) in Ukraine, so they will have to play the playoff in the European qualification.
Wales played two summers ago their first big competition in their history with the Euro in France doing a great job. Real Madrid player Gareth Bale was the star but this time he couldn’t help his national team. Bale got injured after travelling from Madrid to Cardiff and he had to leave the training sessions. His teammates were able to win in Georgia (0-1) but they lost their chances at home against Ireland, even if a draw was enough to finish second in their group and play, at least, the playoff.
Luka Modric was luckier than his teammate. Croatia drew at home against Finland and they were in a very difficult position in their group. However, Croatia was able to win (0-2) in Ukraine with two goals scored by Kramaric, so they will go to the playoff. Iceland, surprisingly, won this group and they’ll play their first World Cup in their history.
The Spanish players of Real Madrid also got the ticket to Russia this weekend. On Monday they played an irrelevant game in Israel (0-1) with Nacho or Sergio Ramos in the line-up. Isco also had some minutes in the second half, being one of the best players of the team.
Today it’s going to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s time. Portugal host Switzerland and they need to win to get the first place in the group. Otherwise, the Euro champion will have to go to the playoff to get the ticket to Russia.