first_imgWales will have to wait to book their place at Euro 2016 after they failed to break down a defensive Israel in a goalless draw in Cardiff on Sunday that kept them top of Group B but left the champagne on ice.Bidding to qualify for their first major tournament since the World Cup in 1958, they might not have to wait for more than a few hours to pop the corks should Belgium fail to win in Cyprus later on Sunday.Wales lead the way with 18 points, four clear of Belgium in second and five ahead of Israel in third. They will all have two games to play after Sunday’s fixtures.Wales, who require one point from games away to Bosnia and at home to Andorra, had a handful of chances to clinch victory with Aaron Ramsey spurning their best opportunity when he headed over in the first half.Simon Church thought he had won it in the final minute of stoppage time but was ruled offside when he headed the ball into the net.“They made it difficult for us, we wanted a win but it is another point and another clean sheet,” Wales captain Ashley Williams told Sky Sports.“We wanted to get it done and dusted today but is has been a positive week with four points.”Backed by a raucous home crowd at the Cardiff City Stadium, Wales made a fast start and dominated the early possession but stuggled to find a breakthrough against Israel’s deep-lying defence.Chances were limited in the first half although Arsenal midfielder Ramsey wasted a superb opportunity on 10 minutes when he headed over a gaping net from close range after Andy King’s shot had been blocked by keeper Ofir Marciano.Israel came out of their shell after the break, pushing further up the pitch, but that merely encouraged Wales’s efforts to find a winner.Talisman Gareth Bale lifted a free kick over the bar from the edge of the area two minutes after the break, but was not at his match-winning best as the hosts continued to pile forward.A corner by Ramsey found King but his powerful header was saved by Marciano and Hal Robson-Kanu had loud appeals for a penalty waved away when the ball hit Eytan Tibi on the arm as the Wales forward was poised to volley.The noise levels increased as Wales pressed in the final stages and the stadium erupted when Church headed the ball past Marciano only for their celebrations to be curtailed by the linesman’s flag.Turkey dealt a hammer blow to already faint Dutch chances of qualifying for Euro 2016 with a 3-0 home victory on Sunday which left the Netherlands in fourth place in Group A.First-half goals by Oguzhan Ozyakup and Arda Turan put the hosts in charge and 85th minute effort by Burak Yilmaz sealed the points for Turkey who moved two points above the Dutch into third spot.Last week’s shock loss at home to Iceland had already left the Netherlands in real danger of missing their first European Championship for three decades, but if manager Danny Blind was hoping for an immediate response from his players he would have been disappointed.It was another desperately laboured performance and they rarely looked like dragging themselves themselves back into the game after falling behind.With the Czech Republic winning to move ahead of Iceland, who play Kazakhstan later, the Netherlands can no longer finish in the top two and will have to win both of their last two games to have any chance of a playoff spot.European Ch. Qualifiers on Sunday, September 6Turkey 3 Oguzhan Ozyakup 8, Arda Turan 26, Burak Yilmaz 85Netherlands 0 – – –Latvia 1 Arturs Zjuzins 73Czech Republic 2 David Limbersky 13, Vladimir Darida 25 – – –Wales 0Israel 0 – – –Norway 2 Jo Inge Berget 51, Vedran Corluka 69ogCroatia 0 – – –Malta 2 Michael Mifsud 55, Alfred Effiong 71Azerbaijan 2 Rahid Amirquliyev 36,80last_img