WALES were promoted from their Nations League group on Wednesday night, November 18, as they earned a 3-1 win over Finland at the Cardiff City Stadium.

It means they can look forward to playing some of Europe’s top countries in the competition next year, such as France, Spain and Germany.

Winning their group also means they could enter a play off to get to the 2022 world cup if they fail to reach the tournament via the usual European qualifiers.

It will be a good test for a Wales side who only conceded one goal in their Nations League group, that being the one against Finland on Wednesday night.

There was early pressure from the hosts which led to a chance for Gareth Bale but the Tottenham loanee saw his effort saved and the ball was cleared away from danger.

With twelve minutes on the clock a long kick forward from keeper Danny Ward almost set Harry Wilson free on goal but when he was brough down by Jere Uronen, the referee pulled out a straight red card for the Finland defender.

Bale’s subsequent free kick was straight at the keeper, but Wales would now have a man advantage for the next 80 minutes.

He came close again when a dangerous cross was played into the box by Daniel James, but the Finland keeper made a stunning one handed save to deny him.

However, just moments later Wales were finally ahead as Bale played a neat pass into the box and Wilson ran on to slide the ball into the net.

The home side continued to create chances, but it remained 1-0 when the half time whistle went.

The second half was just a minute old when James fired an unstoppable effort into the top left-hand corner to make it 2-0.

Just after the hour mark Wales’ stubborn Nations League resistance was broken as a ball over the top found Norwich City star Teemu Pukki who found the back of the net.

There were some nervy moments for Wales following that goal as Nicholas Hamalainen saw a shot saved by Ward.

With seven minutes to go Wales finally put the game to bed as James’ floated cross was headed in at the back post by half time sub Kieffer Moore.

Pukki hit the post soon after but Wales saw the remainder of the game out and can now look forward to finding out who they will face in qualifying for the 2022 world cup.

The draw for the group stages is set to take place on December 7.