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    Neco Williams expresses belief in Armenia’s role in Wales’ Euro 2024 qualification

    Neco Williams believes Armenia can do Wales a favor against Croatia and help them qualify for Euro 2024.

    Wales’ hopes of automatic qualification were snatched from their own hands on Saturday by a crushing 1-1 draw away to Armenia and Croatia’s 2-0 win in Latvia.

    Croatia will secure second place behind already qualified Turkey by beating Armenia in the final qualifying match on Tuesday.

    But if Armenia draw or win in Zagreb, it will leave the door open for Wales, who will then take second place by beating Turkey at Cardiff City Stadium on the same evening.

    “Armenia are the better team,” defender Williams said of the opponents who, more than anyone else, have damaged Wales’ qualification by denying them four points.

    “They have some very good players and hopefully they can do the same job in Croatia that they did against us.

    “We still have a chance because you never know what will happen.

    “It is out of our hands and we will have to wait for other results. There is a lot of luck in football and hopefully it will be on our side.”

    Wales lost 4-2 at home to Armenia in June and were shocked again five minutes after returning to Yerevan.

    Lucas Zelarajan, who scored twice in Cardiff, punished a sloppy Welsh defense and Armenia were in control until the final seconds of the first half.

    But Wales were given a lifeline when Nair Tiknizyan headed Connor Roberts’ shot into his own net.

    Williams said: “It was a tough game from start to finish and we had to do a lot of running.

    “Both teams were looking to win and it probably looked disorganized at times.

    “As soon as the guys came in after the game you could feel the disappointment. No one spoke and it felt like a loss.

    “But we are learning from it and all we can do now is focus on our last game against Turkey.

    “If we get three points there, you never know what will happen.”

    Wales are likely to reach the knockout stages in March, following the same route they agreed to reach the 2022 World Cup by beating Austria and Ukraine.

    Finland, Iceland, Poland and Ukraine are potential opponents this time, although the results of the matches will only be determined after the final qualifying games in Europe.

    “This could be something for us,” Williams said. “We did it for the World Cup and if it happens we still have a chance.

    “If we don’t get through the group, we’ll do it this way.”

    Daniel James conceded Zelarayan’s early goal before Wales were baffled by a hostile crowd at the Republic Stadium.

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