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Wales Beat Slovakia to Start Euro 2020 Qualifying Campaign


Ahmed Ahmed - 7Dnews London

Sun, 24 Mar 2019 19:11 GMT

Wales beat Slovakia 1-0 in Cardiff to start their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign on Saturday March 24. An early goal from Daniel James gave Ryan Giggs side victory in the early kick-off.

Wales took the lead just five minutes into the game when Swansea midfielder Daniel James capitalized on a mistake by Peter Pekarik before firing in from the edge of the box.

David Brooks came close to doubling the advantage on the 20th minute, but the 21-year-old could only shoot wide from Ben Davies cutback. The Bournemouth midfielder came close again towards the end of the half, as he curled an effort wide from the righthand side. Gareth Bale also mistimed a free header from a corner as the home side went into the break one goal ahead.

The away side came out more positive in the second-half. In the 54th minute Albert Rusnak was through on goal, after Robert Mak defence -splitting pass, but saw his shot saved by Wales’s goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, before rebounding on the midfielder face and trickling inches wide. Mak also had a shot saved soon after as Slovakia began to up the tempo.

The hosts still looked dangerous on the break, as Harry Wilson dragged a shot wide just past the hour mark. Despite the visitors having a lot of the ball, it was Wales who looked the more likely to add to their lead, as Wilson had another shot saved by Slovakia’s goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

Michal Duris came close to equalising in the 82nd minute, but the substitute saw his header kept out by Hennessey, before David Hancko failed to convert the rebound. Full-back Pekarik also headed just wide of the post late in the game, as Wales held on for an important three points.