Desperate for a goal, Wales turned to their giant striker’s target man to provide an aerial threat in the box, however, as it turned out, it wasn’t the 6ft 5in Kieffer Moore who did the Instead, it was the comparatively measly Daniel James who made the leap of his life another night to enjoy Welsh football

It was the kind of header you’d expect from Moore, Gareth Bale or any of the Wales center-backs Certainly not from James but there is clearly a spring that comes with the winger’s speed. “We have all week worked on it “joking caretaker manager Rob Page What a headerâ ????

It was only nine minutes before James started towards the sky from Cardiff and the first header of his career finally came out the winner It could also be a decisive winner if Wales score three valuable points against a Czech team, who is considered to be the main competitor in this World Cup qualifying group

On a lively Cardiff night with both teams sacking players for soft red cards, James was far from being the only hero for Wales.They were also indebted to James Lawrence and Joe Rodon, the two of the have produced the best torso-saving challenges that you will see all season

A little luck, a moment of quality and a lot of heart: it’s a well-known formula for Wales.They have only lost one of their last 16 home games in qualifying and won five home games in a row for the first time since March 1993

With Belgium also in the qualifying group, it was always to be expected that these two teams would fight for second place, so this was a win that turned out to be for Wales and for Page, who does such a good job in the absence of Ryan Giggs, could prove to be crucial “I am absolutely proud of the achievement” said Page Sometimes you have to find a way to winâ ????

It was Page’s instruction to James to tell James to switch wings with Bale that led to the goal. “A massive result,” James said a huge After losing our first game [to Belgium] we knew that we had to raise our headâ ????

Bale described the match as “chaotic” and you could see what he meant A controversial red card for Czech striker Patrik Schick changed the dynamics of the second half It wasn’t until Connor Roberts was also sent off that Wales scored his goal

The visitors were the better side for most of the first half, although Wales had the best chance when Bale’s volley was saved by Tomas Vaclik’s Destiny red card for stabbing Roberts’ arm in the face then lifted Welsh faith but they still needed Lawrence to come in out of nowhere and refuse Luke Provod

Roberts had gone down dramatically on the red card and was soon the victim of the same trick by Tomas Soucek, the West Ham midfielder His arm was raised, but the decision was as questionable as the one that led to Schick’s dismissal

Ten against ten, the home team made it, Bale crossed, James jumped, the home team led But the visitors fought hard and led Rodon to a sensational goal-line block in the end. “That was a goal for him,” said James happily the praise on another night of promise to share for this developing Wales team

Wales (3-4-3): Ward; Mepham (Moore 56), Rodon, J. Lawrence; C. Roberts, Morrell, Ampadu, N Williams; Bale, Wilson 6 (J Williams 76), JamesBooked: N WilliamsSent: Roberts

Czech Republic (4-2-3-1): Vaclik; Coufal (Vydra 87), Kudela (Barak 87), Celustka, Boril; Holes (Krmencik 53), soucek; Provod (Kaderabek 82); Darida, Jankto (Masopust 82); SchickBooked: JanktoSent: Schick

Heroic performance from Wales – they were dealing with larger parts of the game but James’ header from Bale’s wonderful cross made the difference as both teams saw themselves reduced to 10 men

Throw one deep in half for the visitors from WalesBoril starts one, he comes back to him and the ball finds its way into the box – Celustka has a shot from just outside the six yard box, BUT Rodon takes one brilliant block, throws himself on the shot and goes for a corner!

The Czech Republic are in the last third but can’t get a cross – Wales defended well for the most part tonight

It’s been a tough night but you have an important goal / lead. Can Wales hold out for the last few minutes?

Bale is a good crosser of the ball – seems odd but it’s easy to forget when you associate the Wales captain with angry runs that was an exceptional cross that James – not exactly a well known header player – did well has to come and score

Moore takes the ball out of the box and tries to roll it into the back of the net – it goes up and far

Bale does an excellent job, he finds half a meter on the left and whips a great ball that James heads into the corner of the net Great goal and exactly what Wales wanted

Williams plays a nice ball for Moore who plays on the track in James Man Utd striker tries to go around the goalkeeper instead of sinking him and the chance goes begging

It’s another yellow for Connor Roberts (his first came in an argument with his red Carder colleague Schick) The man from Wales raised his arm at Soucek and the referee, Ovidiu Hategan, gave another yellow and then the dreaded one Red off

Wilson is looking for a return from Moore on the edge of the area – better, a little more complicated from Wales

Bales tries to find Moore with a cute outside of the boat pass – it doesn’t make his goal

The ball sits well for Darida on the edge of the penalty area and it hits just past The Czechs are still in the mood for a win

James wants to keep the ball on the left – his cross at Moore is deep and the Wales forward gives away a free kick.The hosts need to take advantage of this increased possession by actually creating some chances – the only one they have had is the ball shot in the first half

James is played through by a nice ball but is offside. The Czechs may be up to 10 men, but they still play a pretty high line

Provod is through and in goal again, he falls under the challenge of Lawrence and the referee waves continue to play Once again it’s a great decision, the repetition shows that the Czech player penetrated Lawrence, if at all, not the other way around / P>

Moore steps behind the Czech defense and passes it on to James, whose low, hissing flank is thrown away by Vaclik in the Czech goal

James and Williams combine, but Williams’ cross can easily be handled by the Czech defense at the back post

Patience and discipline are two traits that Wales has shown in abundance lately and they will both need them tonight if they try to destroy that Czech side

Provod is one on one thanks to a good ball over the top Ward rushes out of his goal and area, the Czech midfielder just goes into the empty net, but Lawrence uses a good tackle to save the day

It wasn’t that long, I know, but Wales are still struggling to get on the ball and free their dangerous men – James and Bale – as I type, James and Bale join the on the right Cross of the latter

Wales is now up for grabs – Moore is on the way for Mepham That’s what Wales needs, and an extra attacker with the man advantage

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The visitors take a chance – when Schick is gone, they attract another target man, Krmencik on for Holes

This is going to be a lively affair, the Czech players complain to the referee, I’m not sure what for, but it can’t be for the Reds – it was a clear case for a goodbye as you see all year round will be

Connor Roberts takes a hit in the head – Schick has had an argument with the Welsh player and it looks like he attacked him and it wasn’t obvious at first, but he is sent off for some stupid, reckless act posed

Coufal, like in the later parts of the first half, sees a good chunk of ball early on before setting a deep cross that Wales can handle with ease Feet and movements attributed to Jankto and Schick

Belgium beat Belarus 4-0 at halftime – how many will it end up with?

The Czech national team refused to pull their knee before their World Cup qualifier against Wales after saying they would instead adopt a “neutral apolitical stance”, writes Sam Dean

As is customary in British football, the Welsh players all knelt after the first whistle sounded in Cardiff as part of the ongoing protest against racism

The Czech team stopped and instead showed “respect” to Uefa Badges on their shirts to “express their support for the fight against racism” ????

The Czech team consisted of defender Ondrej Kudela, who was accused of racially abusing Rangers player Glen Kamara in an incident under investigation by Uefa

Slavia Prague, Kudela’s club, have denied the allegations, while his international team-mate Vladimir Coufal said the Czech team was ready Kudela

In a statement released shortly before kick-off in Cardiff on Tuesday evening, the Czech national team said the players would adopt “a neutral, apolitical stance on certain issues that have resonated in the sporting environment” ?

The statement continued: â ???? This concerns the Black Lives Matter (BLM) initiative, in which some players kneel before football games

???? To show their support for the fight against racism and other signs of discrimination, xenophobia and anti-Semitism, the Czech national team will refer to the UEFA inscription on the left sleeve of their jerseys and refer to the UEFA campaign of the same name, before the game in Walesâ ????

That’s it for the first 45 – the visitors were mostly at the top, they had more chances, more possession and more territory, BUT Bale had the best chances and the Welsh captain should have made it 1-0 to the hosts

Jankto, who looked the best on the pitch, played a good one-two with Soucek outside the box before firing a left foot shot that missed He looked very good but should have found that target by now

James uses all his pace to take a left turn and head to and into the pits. The Man Utd man falls under a challenge from Soucek on which the umpires play and the replay shows that it is probably the right decision Was – the contact was minimal Good to see James running and raising the Czech defense and questions, Wales needs to do more of this

The Czech Republic is back in front, the ball goes deep to the right and Jankto shoots his left hand, which is well blocked by Williams and Lawrence – good defense

From the corner it is Mepham’s turn to defend himself well – under pressure on the rear post

At the next set piece, Schick pulls Lawrence off and works his way up a free header, which he wastes by taking a long look at himself

Schick turns out to be slippery in the box, he twists and turns and gets a right foot shot that is low and well rescued by Ward

A replay of that Bales chance shows he just didn’t get it clean enough – it was in the six yard box so any contact cleaner other than the one they got would most likely have seen Wales take the lead against the course of the game

He hasn’t scored for Wales in eight internationals and had a big chance to break his duck when Neco Williams put in a nice cross from the left that attacks Bale from close range and hits the ground for the first time, and Vaclik to do so forces a fine rescue

Corner to the Czechs and it doesn’t beat the first man – another disappointment for the visitors

Wales, who have been on their hindfoot for most of this game, will be happy to be on par – I know the Obvious Wales have only had one competitive loss since 2019 (last week against Belgium) so we know that they’re hard to beat

Free kick in a good position for the visitors – 40 yards away with all the big men up front, ready to wreak havoc – but it’s totally wasted and goes straight out The Czechs can have problems with their size due to set pieces, so Wales will be happy not to be tested there

Wales are still having a hard time getting on the ball long enough to achieve a lot. They need to gain a foothold in their match

A good pass from the Czechs ends with Jankto going into the box and Mepham taking care of it

That was probably always close and that’s how it is played at the moment. The Czechs looked better in possession, but have nothing to show

Wales now see a little more of the ball and deal with the Czech attacks relatively easily. At the moment it’s a kind of chess game – there are few chances

Obviously, the big topic of conversation so far is that the Czechs don’t get on their knees – I’ll see what the reaction to the statement the Czech Association has just published, if any,

A quick note on why the Czechs did not get on their knees The Czech Federation posted this statement on Twitter, apparently playing Kudela, who was accused by Rangers of racially abusing Glen Kamara, so failing to take the knee is in this one Aspect alone is controversial

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Another chance for Jankto – the ball happens to come to him in the penalty area after a good build-up by the Czechs. He is in the box on the right side, but shoots his shot into the side net. He should at least have brought it to the goal

Jankto creates the game’s first decent opportunity, receiving the ball in a central position just outside the box, turning around and trying to ripple into the bottom corner in a shot that only goes far, but that’s an early warning sign for the hosts

A little overwhelming start from both sidesCzechs see more of the ball, but can’t do much

The Czechs look relaxed on the ball, they are giving it away and Wales have yet to gain a foothold in this game, but no real chances were created

Wales is not really on the ball yet – visitors are dominating the territory and the hosts are being tied back at the moment

Schick, the only Czech striker, dances with the ball 25 yards from goal before preparing Soucek for a shot that Ward can easily collect – a good start for the Eastern Europeans

Visitors see the ball early, attacking on the right, but a miskick allows the Welsh defense to get the ball over the line for a goal kick

We’re touring the capital of Wales Can the hosts get their first points in the qualifying campaign?

The Czechs didn’t take their knees before the game, I’ll try to find out more about it if I can

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a huge fan of my fathers country. The Czech national song is a solid tune, but maybe not in the same league as the Welsh anthem Unless the Wales players Having no hidden talent as a singer, the stadium sound system plays a loud recording

CZECH REPUBLIC XI TO FACE WALES: Vaclik, Coufal, Kudela, Celustka, Boril, Soucek, Holes, Provod, Darida, Jankto, Schick, Subs: Kaderabek, Zima, Stronati, Barak, Pavelka, Krmencik, Masopust, Mandous, Pesek, Vydra, Pekhart, Pavlenka

Ondrej Kudela is on the news for all the wrong reasons ahead of today’s clash Rangers’ Glen Kamara said he was racially ill-treated during a Europa League game by Kudela earlier this month He denies the allegations but has been reported that the defender of Slavia Prague would not travel with the Czech squad for security reasons

Also on the side, a man who needs little introduction – Tomas Soucek was in good hunting for West Ham and also for his national team after scoring a hat trick against Estonia last week

What was against protocol was that Hal Robson-Kanu, Rabbi Matondo and Tyler Roberts were forced to take the naughty step (AKA sent home) but the trio’s absence is known to increase Wales’ chances of victory today Evening Will Affect It is unlikely they would have started, but all three could have fallen off the bench

Former Welsh international Danny Gabbidon had this to say about the sad situation on Sky Sports News

WALES XI TO FACE THE CZECH REPUBLIC: Ward, Mepham, Lawrence, Rodon, Roberts, Wilson, Ampadu, Morrell, N Williams, James, Bale, Subs: Hennessey, Gunter, Cabango, Lawrence, Williams, Johnson, Moore, Norrington -Davies, Sheehan, Davies, Levitt

As expected, with the inexperience and youth that led Wales to victory over Mexico on Saturday, Page has made a number of changes (all 11 in fact) but there is no room for Moore which may be a bit of a surprise

1/7 – Including the games in Czechoslovakia, the Czechs won only one away game against Wales in seven attempts (D3 L3), a 3-1 victory in a EURO qualifier in April 1971 at Vetch Field testing

If you take away the 3-1 loss to Belgium in Leuven last Wednesday, Wales will be in good shape in this competitive game

I’m sure some of you have read this and questioned one or both of the claims in this short sentence But listen to me

Let’s take the second claim first – Wales are in good shape They have only been beaten twice in the last 10 games (Belgium and England their only losses) and come into play after Saturday’s 1-0 win against Mexico Admittedly, it was a friendly, but Rob Page played an inexperienced and youthful XI and against the number 9 side. The Welsh played with authority and calm – not an easy task against a team that had only been beaten once in their last 22 games

Now for the first claim – that this is a must to win. The fact that you can brush aside a loss to Belgium – the best team in the world (at least according to the Fifa rankings) – is based in part on the assumption / Hope that Wales will get something out of each of their home games Qualifying for the World Cup is tough – only the top team are guaranteed to make it to Qatar – and so it wins at home against a team that is as anticipated as Wales wants

On top of that, it is always difficult to catch up in qualifying and one thing, or I dare say, zero points after two games is the kind of start that is difficult to recover from

Tonight’s opponents lead the group after beating Estonia 6-2 ahead of Saturday’s draw with Belgium So make no mistake – Wales and the Czech Republic are battling it out for second place – provided Belgium doesn’t stumble spectacularly

After a series of changes for the game in Mexico, substitute manager Page hopes to have his strongest team available

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â ???? We went from head to toe against Belgium in the second half and stood our ground. Saturday’s win prepares us well and we will aim for victory [tonight]

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One dark spot affecting the pre-game hosts is the violation of protocols by the trio Hal Robson-Kanu, Rabbi Matondo, and Tyler Roberts. They were published as a result and are not available for selection

Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen, Ben Davies and Tom Lockyer remain unavailable due to injuries

Good news is that the winner’s goalscorer against Mexico, Kieffer Moore, is fit and fit to play

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