It's all to play for, as both teams could still automatically qualify - or reach the play-offs. Yet it was clear that they would have to attack more purposefully after the interval and it was a beautifully taken goal that changed the complexion of the match.
"We played really well in patches and created plenty of chances throughout the game, so we can use that and go forward into the Israel game tomorrow full of confidence".
Spain have sealed their World Cup ticket while Iceland took a giant step towards qualification and Wales and Ireland set up a showdown in the battle for a Russian Federation 2018 place.
What if Wales and Croatia are level on fairplay points? It doesn't bother me if Wales are favourites because they have to win.
"It was between us and Wales for the last place in Pot five and six".
Group G: Italy 1 (Chiellini 40) drew with Macedonia 1 (Trajkovski 77); Liechtenstein 0 lost to Israel 1 (Tibi 21); Spain 3 (Rodrigo 16, Isco 24, Alcantara 27) bt Albania 0.
"They were labelled the golden bunch of players before we qualified for the Euros".
"Whatever we've done [in the past], that's not going to help us tonight". You can look back and say, "We've never done this or never done that". 'It will very be similar to the game in Dublin where two sets of committed players were locking horns.
'It's as big as anything we've been involved in but the good thing is we've been here before.
Two points separated the top four teams and I wrote we had to hope Turkey somehow beat Iceland and then tripped up away to Finland. In this fight, Wales will concentrate even more on the game of defense.
Though the same could be said for Wales who pinned Ireland back early on with Hal Robson-Kanu headed a corner wide after three minutes and Randolph had to tip an Aaron Ramsey shot over. Of course the connections are always going to be there. But if you had said to me right at the beginning when the group was drawn that we'd have to go to Wales and win - and we were down as fourth seeds - I would have taken it.