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Wales’ 3-1 win over Finland secures promotion to top tier of UEFA Nations League

Thursday 19 November 2020, 7:25am

Wales men’s football team have gained promotion to the top tier of the Nations League after a 3-1 victory over Finland.

The two teams met on Wednesday night in Cardiff to fight for a spot in League A, with Finland just one point behind the Welsh side.

Wales were unbeaten in 10 competitive matches, a record-matching run in their history, and had kept seven successive clean sheets in that sequence.

They went into the game on Wednesday evening as the only team not to concede in all four tiers of the Nations League.

Wales made three changes from the side which beat the Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

Caretaker boss, Robert Page continued to stand in for the absent Ryan Giggs for a third game.

An error on the visitors’ side within the first five minutes allowed Bale an early opportunity to score, although saved by Finland’s goalkeeper.

Welsh pressure was eventually rewarded when Bale manage to slip the ball in to Harry Wilson, who scored the first goal of the match.

At half time, the home side were 1-0 up.

While Finland did manage to hit the back of the net in the second half, goals from Dan James and Kieffer Moore solidified the win for Wales.

Wales’ previous four Nations League wins had been by a 1-0 margin, and this was the first time they had scored two in a game since beating Hungary 2-0 to reach Euro 2020 almost a year to the day.

Assistant coach Page said: “We showed our intent from the first minute on the pitch and rose to the occasion.”

He added that work “carries on as normal” ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifying draw taking place in Switzerland on December 7.

Wales are set to face the likes of Switzerland and Turkey next year in their first few fixtures of the Euro’s.

Wales beat Finland 3-1 at Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday evening. The two teams went into the match with Finland just one point behind Wales in their group.

Toronto Wolfpack fail to win reinstatement to England’s top tier of rugby league

Toronto Wolfpack rugby balls and training equipment are shown at Lamport Stadium in Toronto on May 10, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Neil Davidson

TORONTO — The Toronto Wolfpack have lost their bid for reinstatement into Super League next year.

The decision was made by the other 11 Super League teams, the Rugby Football League and Super League chief executive Robert Elstone. Wolfpack chairman and CEO Bob Hunter confirmed Monday’s vote results.

The transatlantic rugby league team has been in limbo since standing down July 20, saying it could not afford to resume play for the remainder of the season. Players and staff have not been paid since June 10.

Majority owner David Argyle, unable to fund the club, has stepped away. Toronto businessman Carlo LiVolsi stepped forward as a potential new owner, providing the club was allowed to remain in the English top tier.

He also wanted Toronto to get its share of the central distribution funding that is currently split by the other 11 clubs.

Toronto started in 2017 in the Betfred League 1, the third tier of English rugby league. The team won promotion to the second-tier Championship and then Super League. It was 0-6-0 in the top tier when play was suspended in mid-March due to the pandemic.

Super League resumed play with 11 teams on Aug. 2, expunging Toronto’s results from the standings.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 2, 2020

The Toronto Wolfpack have lost their bid for reinstatement into Super League next year.