Dan James’ late header gave Wales an important 1-0 victory over Czech Republic in World Cup Qualifying Group E as either side ended the sport with 10 males in Cardiff.
Wales missed one of the best likelihood of the primary half with a uncommon assault as Gareth Bale’s close-range effort was tipped over by Tomas Vaclik, however the hosts gained a numerical benefit after the break as Patrik Schick was despatched off for elevating his hand to Connor Roberts following a tussle within the field.
Roberts was then dismissed for a second reserving, having acquired the primary within the incident with Schick, however Wales performed their finest soccer thereafter, and acquired the winner as Bale’s very good, depraved cross was headed dwelling brilliantly by James for his fourth Wales aim (81).
Joe Rodon denied Ondrej Celutska a nailed-on equaliser in stoppage time with a sensational block within the penalty space, and Wales held on for his or her first win of the marketing campaign, leaving them third, some extent behind the Czechs having performed one sport fewer.
Wales: Ward (7), Mepham (7), Rodon (8), J Lawrence (8), N Williams (7), Roberts (6), Ampadu (6), Wilson (6), Morrell (7), James (7), Bale (7)
Subs: Moore (5), Williams (NA)
Czech Republic: Vaclik (7), Coufal (6), Celustka (6), Kudela (6), Boril (6), Holes (6), Soucek (6), Provod (6), Darida (6), Jankto (7), Schick (5)
Subs: Krmencik (7), Masopust (NA), Kaderabek (NA), Barak (NA), Vydra (NA)
Man of the match: Joe Rodon
Group E desk
How Wales grabbed important victory late on
The Czechs’ aerial menace had been pinpointed earlier than the sport, however within the first half the guests have been inflicting issues on the ground as Wales left an excessive amount of house in entrance of their defence.
Jakub Jankto went shut twice early on, first curling simply huge with a low effort from the sting of the field, after which lashing into the side-netting from an angle.
However Wales had one of the best likelihood of the primary 45 minutes, their solely shot on course. After Liverpool’s Neco Williams twisted and turned on the left flank, his cross discovered Bale six yards out, however he could not get correct contact on his effort, permitting Vaclik to show over the bar.
The sport heated up within the second half as Schick noticed purple for a tussle with Roberts within the field at a free-kick; replays confirmed Schick had used his elbow in wrestling with Roberts, earlier than elevating his arm to the Welshman.
However Wales did not make the benefit depend because the Czechs have been spurred on to assault extra – Lukas Provod was discovered simply over the defence, rounded Danny Ward, however was dispossessed by James Lawrence’s last-ditch sliding sort out.
It seemed ominous for Wales after they too went all the way down to 10 males because the tables turned on Roberts, who caught Tomas Soucek with a flailing arm as he went up for a header, receiving his second yellow.
However that in-turn prompted the guests to open up and permit Wales to assault, the hosts going shut as sub Kieffer Moore slipped in James, solely to be denied by Vaclik as he seemed to spherical him at an angle.
The winner then got here with 9 minutes remaining as Bale delivered his first actual second of high quality within the sport from the left flank, crossing for James, who did fantastically to go into the bottom from 10 yards and past Vaclik.
Wales made only one change from the defeat by Belgium final week as Luton midfielder Joe Morrell got here in for the injured Joe Allen.
Hal Robson-Kanu, Rabbi Matondo and Tyler Roberts have been all launched from the Welsh camp earlier within the week after breaching Soccer Affiliation Wales (FAW) protocol.
The Czechs practically grabbed a leveller in stoppage time as defender Celustka ran onto a centre eight yards out, however Spurs defender Rodon one way or the other acquired his physique behind the ball to earn Rob Web page’s aspect a hard-earned victory, regardless of being under-par for a lot of the contest in Cardiff.
What the supervisor mentioned…
Rob Web page on Sky Sports activities: “We’re disillusioned with features of our efficiency, but it surely’s a win. What we have accomplished in latest instances is discovered a strategy to win.
“If I might have mentioned to you earlier than the sport DJ [Dan James] would he hanging on the again publish to attain a header, you’d query it. However we discovered a strategy to win. We knew we have been in for a battle, and it did not disappoint. We have been underneath menace consistently. I am actually happy with our group of gamers.
“If the group would have been right here, that was a second the place everybody could be buzzing. What a ball it was [from Gareth Bale], and DJ has timed it completely.
“If I am being trustworthy now on the finish of the camp, we might have in all probability taken 4 factors, however three factors is a good return, given the gamers we do not have right here. We do not have Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies, and Joe Allen.”
- Wales have gained 5 consecutive dwelling aggressive matches for the primary time since March 1993 underneath Terry Yorath.
- Gareth Bale has had a hand in 14 objectives in his final 19 begins for Wales (7 objectives, 7 assists), offering an help in every of his final 4 appearances for the Dragons.
- Dan James has scored two objectives in his final three appearances for Wales, as many as in his first 19 caps for his nation. Certainly, his winner this night was his first headed aim for Wales.
- Gareth Bale made his ninetieth look for Wales on this sport with solely Chris Gunter (100), Wayne Hennessey (95) and Neville Southall (92) receiving extra caps for the Dragons.
Wales have a global pleasant with Albania organized on June 5 in Cardiff, earlier than their opening Euro 2020 group sport with Switzerland on June 12 in Baku.