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Giggs slams Wales’ “stupid mistakes” in defeat to Croatia

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Wales manager Ryan Giggs slammed his side’s “stupid mistakes” after losing 2-1 at Croatia in their Euro 2020 qualifier.

Wales blew a golden opportunity to take spot in Group E upon falling to defeat at Osijek on Saturday afternoon. The visitors fell a goal down in the 17th-minute through James Lawrence’s own goal.

While the Dragons, at times, seemed threating to Croatia, their backline looked vulnerable throughout the match. This eventually allowed Ivan Perisic to put the hosts two goals up in the second-half.

Substitute David Brooks then scored for Wales in the 77th-minute to stir hope of a comeback. The Bournemouth midfielder and Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale both came close to grabbing that critical equaliser for Giggs’ men.

However, World Cup finalists Croatia ultimately held on to move up to top spot in Group F.

“We showed them far too much respect, we weren’t aggressive enough early on and we made some stupid mistakes and got punished,” said Giggs, according to BBC.

“So there are a lot of negatives.”

Giggs added: “When you end the game like that and have the chances we had, you’ve got to be disappointed and it’s definitely one that got away.

“I said to the players, we’ve missed a chance, especially with the way we ended the game, we ended so strong. When it gets stretched, Croatia had chances on the break, but you expect that.

“We looked the fitter side at the end. We looked like the ones pushing and it looked like Croatia were hanging on.

“With how strongly we ended the game, you have to be disappointed. It is one that got away.”

Wales will next play Hungary for another qualifier on Tuesday in Budapest, where victory is a must after falling outside of the qualification spots for next summer’s European championships in fourth-place in Group E.

OSIJEK, CROATIA – JUNE 8: Luka Modric of Croatia fights for a ball with James Lawrence of Wales during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group E qualifying match between Croatia and Wales on June 8, 2019 in Osijek, Croatia.(Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Getty Images)