FT: Wales 1-1 Croatia. That's it, honours even. Croatia looked like they had settled for a point at the break, while Wales struggled to create much all game. Bale's goal earns them a point, but Wales must now win their next two matches to qualify.
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- Yellow cardDaniel JamesWales
James is now booked for an aerial foul on Jedvaj.
Bale, who cannot really move, has come central so that he doesn't have to do any defending.
Livakovic gathers a long ball on the edge - and I mean the very edge - of his box.
There will be eight added minutes!
- OffLuka ModricCroatia
- OnMilan BadeljCroatia
Badelj comes on for Modric.
Wilson, Modric and Bale all look in a bad way.
- Yellow cardLuka ModricCroatia
Roberts is in the action immeadiately, releasing Wilson down the right, and his advance is cynically stopped Modric, who will be booked. The referee plays advantage as Wales have the ball in the box, but the chance ultimately comes to nothing.
- OffKieffer MooreWales
- OnTyler RobertsWales
Roberts is on for Moore.
Wilson takes that free-kick but it doesn't end up near a red shirt, and Allen feels the need to take out Brekalo as Croatia look to break. He's booked and will miss Wales' next game.
- OffJonny WilliamsWales
- OnHarry WilsonWales
Vida plays a poor pass, Wilson gets there ahead of Rakitic and the Barcelona man picks up a booking for bringing Wilson down.
James gets to the byline but then slices the cross straight out of play.
With 10 minutes left, this game looks there for the taking - but Wales still haven't created a clear-cut chance in this half and Croatia are dominating possession again.
Brekalo causes a little panic as he runs at the welsh backline and moves the ball on to Rebic, but he then can't quite lay the ball into Vlasic's path.
Vlasic picks Morrell's pocket, but his follow-up pass is loose and Croatia can't take advantage.
Bales dribbles across the pitch and tries his luck from range, but the shot was going wide even before a team-mate's touch helped it behind.
After Perisic and Vlasic recover an overhit cross, Jedvaj tries an audacious effort with the outside of his right foot but doesn't quite get enough curl on the ball.
- OffJonny WilliamsWales
- OnHarry WilsonWales
Williams, who has curiously been involved less in the second half, makes way for Wilson.
Lovren clears a James cross on the half-volley.
Rebic drifts out to the right and then finds Perisic in space. Perisic looks to find a colleague in front of goal but Roberts is there to clear.
- OffBruno PetkovicCroatia
- OnAnte RebicCroatia
Petkovic departs and is replaced by Rebic.
Bales take the ball past two Croatian defenders, into the box and then stumbles as he overruns it and makes a little contact with Barisic's outstretched leg, but stays on his feet and the referee lets play continue. Had he gone down, might the outcome have been different?
- Yellow cardKieffer MooreWales
Moore and Lovren vie for 50-50 - Lovren with his head and Moore with his boot - and the Welshman ends up with a yellow card.
James finally has a chance to run at the Croatian defence, goes on the outside and then shoots with his left foot, but straight at Livakovic who saves, fumbles and then gathers.
A stern tackle from Vida goes unpunished and Croatia look to break, with Brekalo running at Roberts on the left, but he takes a heavy touch and ends up dribbling over the byline.
A string and fair tackle on Petkovic from James goes down well with the home fans.
Ampadu is being assessed for a concussion, according to the TV coverage.
- OffEthan AmpaduWales
- OnJoe MorrellWales
Ampadu is able to walk off the pitch, but he can't continue after that heavy impact and Morrell takes his place.
- Yellow cardBruno PetkovicCroatia
Petkovic comes through the back of Ampadu as they challenge for a header and he picks up a yellow card. Ampadu has stayed down.
- OffMateo KovacicCroatia
- OnIvan RakiticCroatia
We're back underway, with Rakitic on for Kovacic.
HT: Wales 1-1 Croatia. The hosts have looked lost for the most part, but go into the break level thanks to Bale's calm finish. Croatia were angry not to get a free-kick in the run-up to that goal, but they will also be angry to have let Wales back into the game, having rarely looked threatened up to that point.
- Yellow cardDejan LovrenCroatia
Lovren has been booked for dissent in the aftermath of that goal. Kovacic, who Davies dispossessed, is hobbling off the pitch with what looks like a knee problem.
- GoalGareth BaleWales
GOAL! Wales 1-1 Croatia (Bale). Just as I write that, Davies dribbles infield, wins the ball back after a colleague loses it and he then slips in Bale, who takes a couple of touches away from Vida before firing home!
It feels like the game is at an impasse. Croatia are happy to drop into their shape as Wales don't look like hurting them, and the crowd are getting resless.
There are four added minutes.
Bale knocks the ball past Barisic and tries to do him for pace, but can't.
Ampadu overhits a relatively straightforward pass as the hosts' frustrations grow.
Scared with good reason, given Petkovic needed treatment afterwards.
Despite improving since the goal, Wales are yet create a clear chance.
Petkovic believes he's won a corner after chasing a ball into the channel, but he hasn't.
Williams, probably Wales' best player, wins a free-kick inside the Croatian half. The big boys come up from the back but Croatia defend it well.
There's then a brief pause as an intruder comes onto the field, but we're back underway now.
Having struggled to get on the ball thus far, Bale drops deep but he and Ampadu then conspire to lose possession.
Croatia enjoy a nice spell of possession, taking the sting out of Wales' momentum and then fashioning a chance for Perisic. Davies has to be alert to get across and take the ball away as he was about to pull the trigger.
Petkovic heads that corner clear. He's been everywhere so far.
Quite, and Wales now have a corner.
This is better from Wales, as Moore wins a flick-on in the box and Livakovic has to be off his line quickly to get there before Williams.
Bale fancies this, so do the crowd, but he hits the free-kick into the wall, Petkovic blocked it and he's been floored by doing so, but will be okay.
Modric trips Moore, giving Wales a soft free-kick 25 yards from goal and in a central position.
The game is back underway and, fortunately, James in able to continue.
- Yellow cardDomagoj VidaCroatia
Vida is booked for what was a rather reckless tackle - although he didn't know James was there. Thankfully, James is up and talking to the medics.
As they both content a long ball, Vid and James collide - with the former's knee connecting with James' head - and there's real concern for James here.
Petkovic drops deep and, when nothing looks on, plays a brilliant cross for Perisic. The winger ghosts in behind the Welsh defence and heads goalwards, producing a fine save from Hennessey. Perisic could have done little more without much pace on the ball.
Bale attempts to level it from range but his shot is easily saved.
- GoalNikola VlašicCroatia
GOAL! Wales 0-1 Croatia (Vlasic). Brekalo breezes past Lockyer with some silky footwork, dribbles into the box and then cuts the ball back for Petkovic, who gets it caught under his feet but does well to move it on to Vlasic, who hits a low shot from just outside the box that beats Hennessey, going in off the post.
James chases what looks like a lost cause and Lovren comes across to make sure he doesn't get to the ball, but rather forcefully barges him over with his shoulder. James wants a penalty, but the referee waves away his appeals.
It's a landmark night for Croatia.
The game's first shot is not a good one as Brekalo slices the ball out for a throw-in.
Petkovic tries to take down a Perisic cross but is unable to do so.
Croatia are dominating possession in the early going.
After a group photo, we're off.
Always one to get the crowd going, the Welsh anthem is belted out by most in the stadium.
The players are greeted by rain as they emerge from the tunnel and get ready for the anthems.
With kick-off 10 minutes away, here's a reminder of the teams and the massive subs' benches that now come with international football.
Croatia have won six of their last eight European Championship qualifiers, losing just once.
Moore is one of five players currently plying their trade in the Championship to start for Wales. This is just his third cap and, despite not scoring a league goal yet this season, his confidence should be up after netting against Slovakia.
A highlight in what has been a rough season for Ben Davies so far.
Croatia have played Wales five times before, winning four of those games and drawing one. Their most recent meeting, back in June, ended 2-1.
The other game in this group today saw Hungary beat Azerbaijan. It leaves Hungary on 12 points and in second place, although they have played two games more than Wales and one more than Croatia. The Hungarians have just one more game left in qualifying and that's here in Cardiff.
Croatia make three changes to the side that swept aside Hungary. Mateo Kovacic, Josip Brekalo and Nikola Vlasic - all of whom came on as substitutes - are the new starters. Ivan Rakitic among the substitutes.
CROATIA: Livakovic, Jedvaj, Lovren, Vida, Barisic, Kovacic, Modric, Perisic, Vlasic, Brekalo, Petkovic.
Having drawn in Slovakia on Thursday, Ryan Giggs names an unchanged team. That means Kieffer Moore leads the attack and Jonny Williams starts his second game in four days, something many thought might not be an option. Harry Wilson stays on the bench and looks an exciting option to be able to bring on.
WALES: Hennessey, Roberts, Lockyer, Rodon, Davies, Ampadu, Allen, Bale, Williams, James, Moore.
Good evening and welcome to live coverage of Wales' crucial game against Croatia. The visitors' quality is intimidating and they lead the group, but Wales have a strong record at home and would be in a good position to qualify if they can win tonight. Aaron Ramsey hasn't played a qualifier yet this campaign and is out again, so who does make up the Welsh midfield? Team news is on the way next...