NYON: More nations have qualified for the UEFA Euro finals with Romania and Netherlands the latest to clinch their fights to Germany next year.

Romania beat Israel 2-1 on neutral territory in the Pancho Arena in Felcsut, Hungary, with goals from Ianis Hagi and Puscas. The Romanians, who missed the 2020 finals, took advantage of the Israeli’s problem in playing away from home because of the military action.

Israel came to the event with a chance to qualify. A victory against Romania would have put them squarely in the fight to take the coveted second place in Group I. They even took a second-minute lead through Eran Zahavi on an assist from Miguel Vitor.

However, Romania levelled eight minutes later through Puscas’ goal and Hagi struck a winner in the second half.

Netherlands secured their place in the finals as Wout Weghorst’s strike earned them a 1-0 home win over the Republic of Ireland. The Hoffenheim striker shot into the roof of the net after 11 minutes.

The hosts dominated a low-tempo encounter with Republic keeper Gavin Bazunu pushing Tijjani Reijnders’ shot onto the post early in the second half. The Republic finished the qualifiers with just six points from eight games.

Wales’ hopes of qualifying automatically for Euro 2024 suffered a potentially devastating blow with a lacklustre draw with Armenia in Yerevan.

Armenia, who inflicted a humiliating defeat on Wales in Cardiff in June, took the lead after just five minutes when Lucas Zelarayan – who scored twice in that 4-2 summer triumph – seized on slack defending to strike powerfully from the edge of the penalty area.

Wales were panicked and frantic but still created chances and equalised shortly before half-time as Armenia’s Nair Tiknizyan headed into his own net from a Connor Roberts throw-in.

Wales must now beat Group D leaders Turkey in Cardiff on Tuesday and hope that Croatia, who beat Latvia 2-0 later on Saturday, drop points against against Armenia on Tuesday.

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