Euro 2025 qualifying: Kosovo 0-6 Wales – Rhian Wilkinson’s side continue winning start


The focus was always likely to be on Fishlock for what was a landmark appearance in the history of Welsh football.

She is the first Wales player to reach the 150-cap mark, having made her debut in 2006.

The 37-year old has started in 148 of her 150 Wales appearances and incredibly has featured in 66% of Wales’ international matches under Football Association of Wales affiliation.

Fishlock marked this appearance by captaining Wales, with the Seattle Reign midfielder also chasing Helen Ward’s record as Wales’ all-time top goalscorer, having moved within two goals of her record of 44.

Unsurprisingly, she marked the occasion with a fine display that saw her create Wales’ first two goals.

After an extremely cagey opening 30 minutes, it was a moment of quality from Fishlock that led to Wales opening the scoring as she controlled adroitly, showing composure and quality to lay the ball into the path of Rowe, who smashed home her seventh Wales goal from just outside the penalty area.

Fishlock fired wide on 39 minutes, but played a pivotal role in putting Wales in control by the interval as she again turned creator just before half-time with a pass that split the home defence and allowed Barton to fire home from close range.

She has said this will be her last international campaign, but underlined why she remains as pivotal as ever to her country in an international break where she helped Wales to back-to-back wins, scoring twice and getting two assists among Wales’ 10 unanswered goals.

Wales head coach Rhian Wilkinson told BBC Sport Wales:

“I’m really proud of the team and we had multiple different goal scorers, I’m very proud of that.

“Today wasn’t easy we had to fight for that win, Kosovo came out and gave us a great game. It was hot and the players found a way to win, I’m very proud.

“It’s a privilege to work in this game and to work for Wales. To stand on the touchline and watch the girls give everything for their country, it’s the dream job.

“Qualifying goes very quickly, it’s always about the next game.

“We’ve had two good performances and we will now talk about consistency. How we keep building on these performances and keeping these standards is what we’ll look for going forward.”

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