PRAGUE: An excellent second half from Wales was not enough for victory against the Czech Republic as the two sides produced a thrilling 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw in Prague.

Robert Page’s side created masses of chances, but their inability to find a winner their dominance deserved means they remain third in Group E, trailing the Czechs on goal difference, albeit with a game in hand.

With Belgium’s eight-point lead at the top making automatic qualification effectively impossible, Wales’ battle with the Czech Republic for second spot – and passage to the play-offs – looks set to go down to the wire.

Wales are already effectively guaranteed a play-off place thanks to their success in the Nations League, but finishing second in this World Cup qualifying group could secure a more favourable draw in that knockout stage.

Captain Aaron Ramsey’s composed finish in an otherwise frenetic first half gave Wales a lead which lasted less than two minutes as Jakub Pesek scored on the rebound.

The Czech Republic were gifted a bizarre second goal early in the second half as Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward failed to control a Ramsey back-pass and allowed it to roll into the net.

Wales responded in style as Daniel James equalised with an assured finish which sparked a period of intense Welsh pressure.

Wales face Estonia in Tallinn on Monday knowing they still have three matches left to overhaul the Czech Republic.

In another quaifying ties Germany beat Romania 2-1 in Hamburg, Netherlands won 1-0 in Latvia and Russia defeated Slovakia 1-0.

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