Brooks scores for Wales to set up playoff final against Bednarek’s Poland

SAINTS winger David Brooks scored and pro­vid­ed an assist for Wales as they beat Fin­land 4–1 in Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fy­ing on Thurs­day evening. 

The vic­to­ry saw them progress to the Euro 2024 play­off final, where they will face Jan Bednarek’s Poland, who beat 10-man Esto­nia 5–1.

Wales will host Poland on Tues­day, March 26 in Cardiff with the win­ner going into Group D at this sum­mer’s tour­na­ment along­side Aus­tria, the Nether­lands and France.

Brooks was a some­what sur­prise inclu­sion from the off as Rob Page elect­ed to start with Kief­fer Moore and Dan James on the bench.

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The Southamp­ton loa­nee played in a flu­id front three along­side Bren­nan John­son and Har­ry Wil­son as Page opt­ed for pace over pow­er.

It only took the 26 year old three min­utes to put his coun­try ahead. He react­ed quick­est to Wilson’s par­ried effort and fired past Lukas Hradecky for his fourth Wales goal.

A loud roar of ‘Brooks, Brooks will tear you apart’ fol­lowed from the jubi­lant Welsh sup­port­ers inside the Cardiff City Sta­di­um.

He con­tin­ued to do just that, pos­ing a con­stant threat for the Fin­ish defence with runs in behind and quick feet before Neco Williams dou­bled Cymru’s lead min­utes before Teemu Puk­ki pulled one back. 

Daily Echo: David Brooks provided the assist for Wales' third goal, scored by Brennan JohnsonDavid Brooks pro­vid­ed the assist for Wales’ third goal, scored by Bren­nan John­son (Image: PA)

Wales only need­ed two sec­ond half min­utes to restore their two-goal buffer. Spurs winger John­son was on hand to ensure Brooks’ goal­bound effort hit the back of the net.

That tran­spired to be Brooks’ final key action as he was replaced on the hour mark by pro­mo­tion rival and fel­low loaned-out Cher­ries man Kief­fer Moore.

Leeds United’s James added a fourth late on to con­tin­ue his impres­sive sea­son after Ben Davies had a goal ruled out.

Else­where, Bednarek played a full 90 min­utes for Michał Pro­bierz’s Poland, help­ing them to a com­fort­able win over Esto­nia.

Their evening was made eas­i­er when Mak­sim Paskot­si was sent off mid­way through the first half before Poland piled on fur­ther goals after the break.