James fires Wales past Slovakia with first goal for country

James fires Wales past Slovakia with first goal for country

Daniel James marked his first competitive start for Wales with his first international goal as Ryan Giggs’ side opened their Euro 2020 qualifying with victory.

Wales took the lead after just five minutes, when James rifled in from the edge of the box.

It was a bright start for the Welshman, making his first start for the national side as Giggs’ team looked to attack from the off.

Wales' striker Gareth Bale celebrates on the pitch after the UEFA Euro 2020 Group E qualification football match between Wales and Slovakia at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff on March 24, 2019. - Wales won the game 1-0.

Wales’ striker Gareth Bale celebrates on the pitch after the UEFA Euro 2020 Group E qualification football match between Wales and Slovakia at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff on March 24, 2019. – Wales won the game 1-0. -Getty Images

They continued to press, and had Slovakia on the back foot for the first 45 minutes. The away side conceded three yellow cards before the whistle, as they tried to keep up.

In the second half, Wales tried to disrupt their opponents as Slovakia chased an equaliser, but for much of the period the home side continued to press for a second goal to settle the tie.

With time running out, Wales had Wayne Hennessey to thank for an outstanding save from a Michal Ďuriš header at close range.

Wales – now second in the group – next play Croatia in June, while Slovakia travel to Azerbaijan.

Lin Quiy

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