Wales 1-0 Slovakia: Euro 2020 qualifier – as it happened

Daniel James scored an early winner for a youthful Wales side, who needed Wayne Hennessey to pull off a couple of super second-half stops

Right, that’s all from me. Here’s Stuart James’s report from the Cardiff City Stadium, Bye!

It was anything but convincing and there were plenty of anxious moments for Wales to endure on an afternoon when Slovakia will wonder how on earth they failed to score, but all that matters for Ryan Giggs and his players right now is that their qualification campaign is up and running with a victory. Daniel James, the Swansea City winger, provided the game’s defining moment when he marked his first competitive start for Wales with an early goal.

Ultimately, though, Wales were hugely indebted to Wayne Hennessey for making several excellent second-half saves, with the pick of them being the reflex stop that kept out a header from Michal Duris, the Slovakia substitute. When David Hancko missed his kick from six yards out seconds later it rather summed up Slovakia’s day.

Related: Wales up and running after Daniel James’ early strike sinks Slovakia

Ryan Giggs is happy:

I am proud. It’s not easy. I tried to play it down beforehand, when the other teams played first and got points on the bard, but you do feel the pressure. I am proud. So many outstanding performances and at the end just digging in and getting that clean sheet.

First half we showed real good composure. Second half we rode our luck a little bit, dug in, but first half we could have scored a couple more goals with better decision-making in the final third. I wanted clean sheets and that’s what I got. With the talent we’ve got in the squad, we’re always going to create chances.

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Source: Football News
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