Wales vs Belarus
7:45pm Monday 9th September
Cardiff City Stadium
Daniel James’ stunning first-half target gave a victory over Belarus to Wales in Cardiff.
James was in excellent scoring form since his summer switch from Swansea to Manchester United, along with the winger was again after 17 minutes.
Jonny Williams fed him across goalkeeper Maksim Plotnikov out of 18 yards the ball brightly down the left and then James curled and in the far corner of the internet.
The aim lit up what was a low-key match played one of Wales’ crowds in this Cardiff City Stadium’s 10-year history. It had been feared that the attendance would struggle to top the 6,373 figure which saw Wales lose an friendly to Australia in August 2011.
In case, 7,666 turned up to determine Wales listing wins but there was little air in the scene that was 33,000-capacity.
Wales manager Ryan Giggs, that bore the brunt of some significant criticism from fans for a performance against Azerbaijanand will take advantages. There was a much higher cohesion to a lot of the drama than there was to Friday, while Giggs will be thankful for what was a fourth clean sheet in 12 games.
Allen was responsible for the match’s first real attack of notice, advancing 40 yards to install Harry Wilson and dispossessing Evgeni Yablonski in the seventh minute.
The rally fell to Allen and he appeared to be barged in the back by Yablonski, though Scottish swimmer William Collum was not interested in Welsh punishment appeals.
Wales took the lead once the lively Williams headed a counter-attack and discovered James, who finished the same as a guy who’d scored three goals in four games for United.
Yablonski watched his effort comfortably maintained by Ward, however, it was pretty much one-way visitors together with Wales feeding James at every chance.
James’ cross was turned into his own net by Belarus skipper Sergei Politevich along with the winger saw another attempt blocked before Davies’ shot went wide.
Bale replaced five minutes to James after the restart and Wilson struck the moments later after having a short-corner routine with Morrell.
Moore went to marking his debut with a purpose when he met Connor Roberts’ crossbut his header fell the wrong side of a post.
When Denis Polyakov fired broad, belarus stirred but when Wilson made an shipping Bale contrived to ship the ball skywards from six metres.
The Real Madrid striker had a rueful smile as he ended up knowing that he had must have scored his 33rd global aim. Before a month demanding Euro 2020 qualifiers against Croatia and Slovakia, but Wales firmly held on for a victory.
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 previous seven games.
Ryan Giggs commended Daniel James for mindset and his caliber after scoring a goal in Wales’ victory over Belarus.