​Wales suffered a minor setback in their pursuit of Euro 2020 qualification as an own-goal from Tom Lawrence and a clinical Ivan Perisic finish secured a 2-1 win for Croatia.


Wideman David Brooks' hopeful effort in the closing stages deflected in off the head of an opponent to give Ryan Giggs' men hope, but their late resurgence ultimately proved fruitless.


Croatia 2-1 Wales

The two sides sat level on points at the start of play, both having racked up three points in Group E despite the Croats playing one game more. New ​Manchester United signing Daniel James gave the Welsh a slender victory over Slovakia last time out, whilst Croatia slipped up away to Hungary having won their opening match with Azerbaijan.


On a sweltering day in Osijek, the hosts pressurised a shaky Wales backline for much of the first-half, breaking the deadlock when Lawrence failed to deal with a fierce Perisic cross, inadvertently beating his own goalkeeper with a mishit clearance.


Though Gareth Bale responded courageously, the ​Real Madrid superstar was unable to find the back of the net with a collection of blistering drives, instead watching on as his teammates' erroneous defending handed Perisic a fine opportunity to double the lead.


The latter duly slotted past Wayne Hennessey when a mix-up in the box saw the ball fall at his feet, giving his team an advantage they would hold on to for the remainder of the contest.

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​Bournemouth's dazzling winger Brooks was first fortunate to see his 77th-minute attempt from the edge of the area ricochet awkwardly into the goal, before finding his luck had run out as he fell agonisingly short of connecting with a delicious delivery from out wide.


Nevertheless, the Welsh have plenty left to play for, with their destiny still firmly within their control.


Estonia 1-2 Northern Ireland

The Green and White Army claimed their third qualifying victory in as many matches courtesy of a late double in Tallinn, taking them six points clear of second-placed Germany in Group C having played two games more.


Estonia scored first through a delightful Konstantin Vassiljev free-kick, the skipper arrowing a low blast in from the dead-ball situation to ensure the Baltic nation went into the break with the advantage.


They couldn't hold on to it, though, crumbling as the visitors pressed forward with the contest nearing its conclusion. Conor Washington drove at the Estonian backline before unleashing a bullet that nicked off of teammate Josh Magennis' chest and beyond the reach of Sergei Lepmets between the sticks.

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Michael O'Neill's recruits then completed their comeback just three minutes later. Magennis - who was retrospectively stripped of the equalising goal - produced some neat interplay with Jamal Jones, the latter teeing him up to deftly poke in the decisive score. 


That guaranteed it would be a superb two days of football for the people of Ireland, with the Republic snatching a draw away to Denmark on Friday, in no small part due to the heroics of the patron saint of set pieces, Mr Shane Duffy.


Scotland 2-1 Cyprus

Steve Clarke's first game in charge of Scotland was... technically a success. They won, but they didn't win particularly well. Still, all they will care about is the fact that they have the same points total as Russia, their main rivals for second-place behind Belgium.


With frustration setting in following an hour of stalemate, captain marvel Andrew Robertson released a ferocious long-range piledriver to lift the roof off of Hampden and get everyone believing again.

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They did their best to let Cyprus back into things, coughing up several presentable chances for the away side. They were let off a couple of times but failed to heed the warning, Ioannis Kousoulos rising high to nod past the helpless David Marshall.


That seemed to be it for Clarke and his men, but Oliver Burke responded moments later with a crucial score. The forward's initial header rebounded off the post, fortuitously bobbling back to his feet for the hitman to rifle the ball in and seal the win.


​Burnley supporters will be pleased to see cult hero Johann Berg Gudmundsson stealing the show as Iceland downed Albania to keep pace with those at the top of Group H. The midfielder grabbed the only goal as he carved open the opposition defence with a determined burst forward, bamboozling defenders with twists and turns before sliding a shot underneath the onrushing 'keeper.


​Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki hit both goals in a 2-0 triumph for Finland against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Edin Dzeko unable to save his side this time. Elsewhere, Russia spanked San Marino in a 9-0 drubbing, Artem Dzyuba claiming four during the decimation. 


Belgium, Germany and Italy all recorded routine victories and all avoided conceding, with Leroy Sane and Romelu Lukaku amongst the scorers in their respective fixtures. However, the same cannot be said for world champions France, who fell to a surprise 2-0 defeat in Turkey.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi struck a quick-fire brace to set Argentina on their way to a straightforward 5-1 win over Nicaragua, whilst Roberto Pereyra of ​Watford also got on the scoresheet to double his tally for the South Americans.


Here are all of Saturday's results and fixtures:


Group C​Estonia​ 1-2 Northern Ireland
​Group C​Belarus 0-2 Germany
​Group ECroatia 2-1 Wales​
​Group EAzerbaijan 1-3 Hungary​
​Group HIceland 1-0 Albania​
​Group H​Moldova 1-0 Andorra
​Group H​Turkey 2-0 France
​Group I​Russia 9-0 San Marino
​Group I​Belgium 3-0 Kazakhstan 
​Group I​Scotland 2-1 Cyprus
​Group J​Armenia 3-0 Lichtenstein 
​Group J​Finland 2-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina
​Group J​Greece 0-3 Italy
​Friendly​Argentina 5-1 Nicaragua