Wales suffer setback in Croatia

Wales manager Chris ColemanWales have crashed to a 2-0 defeat against Croatia in World Cup qualification on Tuesday night.

A goal in each half by Mario Mandzukic and Eduardo secured victory for the eastern European hosts, and put the visitors’ hopes of reaching Brazil 2014 in doubt.

Welsh boss Chris Coleman tried to take the positives from the defeat, and admitted that he knew his side were in for a tough game.

“We knew it would be difficult. When you come to a place like this you have to ride your luck a little bit because they are a very, very good team,” Coleman told Sky Sports.

“But compared to the last performance away from home it was a lot more pleasing to see the players not giving up, not folding, and at the end we were pushing and on another night we might have had a goal or two.

“But we were beaten by a very good team, in difficult conditions, but we can take a lot of heart from the performance.

“It’s amazing at the moment, we can’t keep a clean sheet. We make one mistake and we concede.

“Ashley Williams is a top-class defender and the ball just got stuck, and it made it difficult for Pricey and the striker closes him down and it lands for him.

“That’s our luck at the minute. We make one mistake and we get punished, but it’s only us that can put that right,” he concluded.

Wales take on Scotland again in their next game, which is in March.

By Gareth McKnight