Forward plays important role in 2-2 draw at Denmark.
- Pat Jones earns his third Wales Under-21 cap
- Forward plays first 75 minutes of 2-2 draw in Denmark
- First 2025 UEFA European qualifier for Cymru
Huddersfield Town winger Pat Jones played an important role for the Wales Under-21 side as they earned an impressive 2-2 draw at group favourites Denmark to start their 2025 UEFA European Championship qualifying campaign on Tuesday evening.
The 20-year-old earned his third cap at Under-21 level for his nation in Vejle, Denmark, and had a huge role helping his side recover from a one-goal deficit at the half time interval.
The Danes, who are fancied to win group I of the qualifying section, took the lead in deserved fashion from the penalty spot in the 39th minute, but Pat was the key man in creating the equaliser just two minutes into the second period.
Cardiff City midfielder Rubin Colwill sent Pat clear of the Denmark defence and he showed great feet to round the onrushing goalkeeper before cutting inside the last defender, who used his hands to save Pat’s shot as he looked to place the ball home. That earned Wales a penalty and the Danish defender a red card, with Colwill making it 1-1 from the resulting spot kick.
Colwill soon scored a second penalty, only for Denmark to equalise from a 72nd minute corner.
Pat was withdrawn with 15 minutes left, after which there was still time for Denmark to drop to nine men due to a straight red card. However, despite pushing, the Welsh had to be satisfied with a point come full time.
Despite suffering with injury during the 2022/23 campaign, Pat still scored a memorable first goal at Championship level for Town – this stunning effort at Norwich City.
As this was Wales’ only game in this qualifying period, Pat will now return to Huddersfield ahead of the First Team’s return for pre-season training.
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