Wales 1 - 2 Croatia

Match info: FIFA World Cup European Qualifying - Group A at Millennium Stadium

Date: 26/03/2013 KO: 19:45 Ref: Luca Banti Att: 12,500

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Gareth Bale 21 (pen)



Dejan Lovren 77
Eduardo 87

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: March 25 2013, 22:13 GMT

Gareth Bale is fit for Wales' World Cup qualifier against Croatia on Tuesday night.

Bale fit to start in Swansea

The winger was withdrawn at half-time during Friday's Group C game against Scotland after struggling to beat a virus all week, and Wales went on to win the game without their star man.

Chris Coleman has told Spurs he will take no chances with Bale, but the 23-year-old trained with the rest of the squad on Sunday and Monday and should start the game.

Coleman told Sky Sports News: "He's trained well so I think he's in a lot better nick than he was going into the Scotland game. I think he should be okay."

Defeat for Wales would leave them 10 points behind Croatia and facing the likelihood of two more years without tournament football, and they will be without Aaron Ramsey in Swansea.

The midfielder is suspended following his late sending-off at Hampden Park, and Inverness' Owain Tudur-Jones has been called into the squad as a replacement.

Andy King is another option for a game against opponents Coleman rates the toughest in the group.

He said: "Croatia have impressed me the most - offensively they're very aggressive and they're quite physical. And obviously they've got a guy in the middle of the park, Luka Modric, who would grace any team.

"This will be a very tough game for different reasons than Friday, but we've got to play our own game. We passed the ball very well at Hampden Park and were very exciting. We have to have that same philosophy.

"Sometimes you get results and sometimes you don't, but the important thing for Wales is that we've got a style of play we're trying to evolve."

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