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Result: Wales Under-21s held to draw

Wales Under-21s play out a 1-1 draw with Romania Under-21s to remain top of Group Five in European Championship qualifying.

Wales Under-21s settled for a point as they continued their unbeaten start to European Championship qualifying by playing out a 1-1 draw with Group Five rivals Romania Under-21s.

It was the perfect start from the visitors as they took the lead inside two minutes when Ionut Nedelcearu curled home a superb free kick.

Despite the early setback, Wales settled quickly and were soon back on level terms when Wes Burns found the space to head in from Declan John's inviting cross.

The hosts controlled possession for long spells, but they were left thanking Billy O'Brien, who pushed away Dragos Nedelcu's effort to keep them on level terms.

Romania were dealt a huge blow just before the interval when goalkeeper Laurentiu Branescu foolishly kicked out at Tommy O'Sullivan after being fouled, which gave the referee no other option than to show him a straight red card.

O'Sullivan twice wasted good opportunities early in the second half as he shot wide while sliding to reach a cross, before sending a half-volley just a few inches wide of the post moments later.

Burns continued to look the most dangerous player on the pitch, and he almost handed Wales the lead as he turned past a defender before rattling the post.

The away side continued to defend impressively with 10 men on the pitch and they dropped deep to frustrate the hosts for much of the second half.

A predictable onslaught arrived in the closing stages as Wales searched for a winner, with Burns heading over late on, but they were forced to settle for a point which keeps them top of the group.

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Thursday's key events

· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
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· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
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· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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