Wales vs Belarus
7:45pm Monday 9th September
Cardiff City Stadium
Daniel James’ target gave Wales a friendly victory over Belarus in Cardiff.
James was in scoring form since his summer switch along with also the winger had been on target after 17 minutes.
Jonny Williams fed him over goalkeeper Maksim Plotnikov out of 18 yards the ball brightly down James curled and right the left and into the far corner of the internet.
The target lit up that which was a match played in the 10-year history of the Cardiff City Stadium one of Wales’ smallest crowds. It was feared the attendance would fight to high the 6,373 figure that saw a friendly is lost by Wales to Australia in August 2011.
There was little atmosphere from the stadium, although in the event, 7,666 turned up to see Wales listing back-to-back wins after Friday’s Euro 2020 qualifying success over Azerbaijan.
Wales manager Ryan Giggs, that bore the brunt of some significant criticism from supporters for a performance against Azerbaijan, will take positives. There was a greater cohesion to a lot of the play than there was on Friday, while Giggs is going to be thankful for that which was a clean sheet at 12 games.
Allen was accountable for the match’s first real attack of notice, advancing 40 yards to set Harry Wilson for a shooter that debutant Plotnikov parried up and also dispossessing Evgeni Yablonski in the seventh minute.
The rebound fell to Allen and that he seemed to be barged in the back by Yablonski, though Scottish swimmer William Collum wasn’t considering Welsh penalty appeals.
Wales took the lead once a counter-attack was led by the lively Williams and discovered James, who finished the same as a man who’d scored three goals in four games for United.
Yablonski watched his 25-yard effort held by Ward, but it had been pretty much one-way traffic 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 effort blocked before Davies’ deflected shot went wide.
Bale substituted five minutes to James after the restart and Wilson hit the upright moments later after working a short-corner regular.
Moore went to marking his debut when he fulfilled Connor Roberts’ crossbut his header fell the wrong side of a post.
When Denis Polyakov fired broad, belarus stirred but when Wilson produced an inch-perfect delivery Bale contrived to ship the ball skywards.
The Real Madrid striker needed a grin as he finished up knowing that he’d should have scored his 33rd goal. Before next month demanding Euro 2020 qualifiers against Slovakia and Croatia, However, Wales safely held on for a victory.
James has found the back of the net in four of his final six appearances in all competitions for club and country (4 objects ), after failing to score in his previous seven games.
Ryan Giggs commended Daniel James because of attitude and his caliber later scoring a brilliant goal in Wales’ victory over Belarus.