Wales vs Belarus
7:45pm Monday 9th September
Cardiff City Stadium
Daniel James’ target gave a victory over Belarus to Wales in Cardiff.
James was in excellent scoring form since his summer switch and the winger had been on target after 17 minutes.
Jonny Williams fed him across goalkeeper Maksim Plotnikov from 18 yards the ball brightly down the left and James curled and in the far corner of the net.
The goal lit up that which was a match played before one of Wales’ audiences in this Cardiff City Stadium’s history. It was feared that the attendance would struggle to high the 6,373 figure which saw Wales lose an friendly into Australia in August 2011.
In case, 7,666 turned up to watch Wales listing back-to-back wins after Friday’s Euro 2020 continuing success over Azerbaijan, however there was little atmosphere in the stadium that was 33,000-capacity.
Wales manager Ryan Giggs, who bore the brunt of a significant criticism from supporters for a limp performance against Azerbaijanand will take borders from this competition. There was a greater cohesion to much of the play than there was on Friday, while Giggs is going to be grateful for that which was a fourth clean sheet at 12 games.
Allen was responsible for the match’s first real attack of notice, dispossessing Evgeni Yablonski in the seventh minute and also progressing 40 yards to set Harry Wilson for a shooter which debutant Plotnikov parried up.
The rally fell to Allen though Scottish swimmer William Collum was not interested in Welsh penalty appeals, and he seemed to be barged from the trunk by Yablonski.
Wales took the lead when the Williams headed a counter-attack and found James, who finished.
Yablonski watched his effort comfortably maintained by Ward, however, it had been traffic together with Wales feeding James at every chance.
James’ cross was turned into his own net by Belarus skipper Sergei Politevich and the winger saw another goalbound effort blocked prior to Davies’ deflected shot went wide.
Bale substituted James five minutes after the restart and Wilson struck the upright moments later after working a regular.
Moore went to indicating a purpose on his debut when he fulfilled Connor Roberts’ cross, but his header fell the wrong side of a pole.
Belarus stirred when Denis Polyakov fired wide but when Wilson made an inch-perfect shipping Bale contrived to ship the ball skywards from six yards.
As he ended up realizing that he had must have scored his 33rd aim, the Real Madrid striker had a grin. However, Wales firmly held to get a success before the next month’s more demanding Euro 2020 qualifiers from Slovakia and Croatia.
James has now found the back of the internet in four of the final six appearances in all competitions for club and country (4 goals), after failing to score in his past seven games.
Ryan Giggs praised Daniel James for his quality and attitude after scoring a fantastic goal in Wales’ victory over Belarus.
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