Wales under 20s are competing in the Toulon Tournament for the first time with Rob Page’s side facing the 2010 tournament winners, the Ivory Coast, for a place in the last four at 16:00 today (Monday).
Wales under 20s are competing in the Toulon Tournament for the first time, the yearly tournament held in the Region-Du-Var in the south of France.
After two games in the competition Wales are currently second in Group B after a 0-0 draw with France and a 1-0 win over Bahrain, but Robert Page’s side will face a stern test against 2010 tournament winners, the Ivory Coast who top the group.
If Wales win this afternoon they will qualify for the last four of the tournament – but if the team do not secure a victory only the best second placed team will progress into the next round.
The Toulon Tournament
There are three groups of four in the competition, England have secured their place in the semi-final after finishing top of Group A, with Angola securing second position.
The Ivory Coast top group B after winning their two games. Wales will face The Ivory Coast later on this afternoon with the winner certain of a place in the final four. Bahrain, bottom of group B, face France who have one point from two games still have a fighting chance of securing their place in the semi-final with a victory.
In group C the Czech Republic, Scotland and Brazil all have an opportunity to progress into the semi-finals. The Czech Republic are currently top with six points from their opening two games and a goal difference of +3. Scotland and Brazil share the second spot both on four points and zero goal difference. Scotland will face already eliminated Indonesia and Brazil will play the Czech Republic – both games will be played tomorrow.
Wales Under 20
Daniel James scored Wales’ only goal so far from the penalty spot against Bahrain securing Wales’ first win in the Toulon Tournament.
Regan Poole of Manchester United, Nathan Broadhead of Everton and Tyler Roberts of West Bromwich Albion are all in Wales’ squad for the Tournament.
On this day in 1973 Trevor Hockey became the first Welsh international to be sent off.