Wales faced a “disastrous” result on 18 November as they drew 1-1 with Armenia in a hammer blow to their European Championship qualification, with Leeds United star Joe Rodo at fault for the opening goal.
After a disastrous opening five minutes, Rodon’s inability to clear the ball from a corner caused Wales’ opponents to take the lead.
The defender did, however, atone for his mistake with the part he played in their equalising goal, but the damage had been done as Wales failed to claw their way back to three points.
In the Daily Mail’s match report, it was shared that the Leeds man failed to clear the ball in a nightmare start: “Wales had the worst possible start when Joe Rodon failed to head a corner clear, allowing Zelarayan to gather and despatch a low drive from the edge of the area beyond Danny Ward.”
Wales Online, meanwhile, rated Rodon’s performance at a steady 6/10, writing: “Was one of a couple of players at fault for Armenia’s opener. Grew into the game as it went on and made some solid interventions. Obviously played his part in the goal too.”
The Telegraph detailed Rodon’s role in the opening goal, sharing: “Danny Ward hesitated before Joe Rodon’s poor header looped towards Zelarayan, who shifted the ball onto his right foot and found the bottom corner with unerring accuracy.”
As the first goal went in, TNT Sports wrote on their live blog: “Wales fail to clear the danger and Lucas Zelarayan swivels to thump a blistering hit into the corner of the net from the edge of the box. Disastrous start for the visitors.”
He will remain a vital member of Leeds United’s promotion push and Wales’s hopes of qualifying for another major tournament following their disappointing World Cup 2022 campaign in which they were eliminated in the group stage.