SWANSEA (Sporting Alert) — Gareth Bale has given Wales the early advantage against Croatia in their World Cup Europe Group A qualifier at Millennium Stadium.
The in form Tottenham winger, who was a doubt for the game because of an injury, scored from the penalty spot in the 21st minute after Joe Ledley was brought down inside the penalty area by Dejan Lovren.
The game has been billed as a Luka Modric vs Bale encounter, but it will certainly be more then just about those two players come the end of the game.
Mario Mandzukic has been in good form for Bayern Munich and he will certainly need to be watch very closely tonight.
In another early update, Wayne Rooney has headed England into the lead against Montenegro, while Germany are hammering Kazakhstan 3-0 in the early goings.
Wales v Croatia
Wales: Myhill, Gunter, Ashley Williams, Collins, Davies, Ledley, Jonathan Williams, King, Bellamy, Robson-Kanu, Bale
Subs: Price, Lynch, Nyatanga, Ricketts, Richards, Church, Tudur Jones, Vokes, Easter, Fon Williams
Croatia: Pletikosa, Strinic, Corluka, Lovren, Srna, Rakitic, Modric, Sammir, Badelj, Mandzukic, Eduardo
Subs: Kresic, Pavlovic, Kovacic, Vukojevic, Jelavic, Schildenfeld, Kalinic, Olic, Petric, Vida, Subasic
Referee: Luca Banti (Italy)