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Wales maintain impressive start to Euro 2025 qualifiers with big win in Kosovo

09 Apr 2024 2 minute read
Jess Fishlock made her 150th appearance for Wales in the victory over Kosovo. Photo Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Wales maintained a perfect start to their Euro 2025 qualifying campaign with a comprehensive 6-0 win over Kosovo in Podujevo.

Rachel Rowe and Kayleigh Barton were on target in the first half, with both goals set up by Jess Fishlock making her 150th international appearance and captaining the side.

Rowe added a deflected effort before substitute Ffion Morgan slotted in from close range.

Elise Hughes came off the bench to hit a late double as Wales wrapped up another comfortable victory under new head coach Rhian Wilkinson, following on from beating Croatia 4-0 in Wrexham.

It was a positive start by Wales at Stadiumi Zahir Pajaziti as Ceri Holland saw her angled drive pushed out by Kosovo keeper Alma Demiri.

Kosovo, ranked 91st in the FIFA standings, had lost their opening qualifier against Ukraine and continued to sit deep under increasing Wales pressure.

A last-ditch tackle from Rrezona Ramadani blocked Rowe as the Rangers winger looked to break into the penalty area.

Watch: All six goals as Wales rout Kosovo in Euro 2025 qualifying

Rowe, though, eventually made the breakthrough when she drilled home a low shot in the 21st minute after being set up by Fishlock at the edge of the box.

Wales doubled their lead just before half-time when Fishlock’s precision through ball found Barton, who slotted into the bottom corner.

Wales added a third just before the hour as Rowe played a quick one-two with substitute Angharad James before firing in an angled drive which deflected off Blerta Smaili and into the net.

Wales scored another in the 62nd minute when Rowe turned provider with a cross which was stabbed home at the far post by Morgan.

Chelsea midfielder Sophie Ingle – who has stepped down as Wales skipper after nine years in the role – volleyed over from close range.

Crystal Palace forward Hughes then tapped in with five minutes left following Holland’s driving run down the left and stabbed home her second in stoppage time.

Wales next face Ukraine in Llanelli on May 31 as they look to stay on course for the play-offs.

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