Wales obtained off the mark of their World Cup qualifying marketing campaign as they claimed a significant 1-Zero win at residence to the Czech Republic.
The winner got here by way of the pinnacle of Dan James as he nodded in Gareth Bale’s cross from the left in a bad-tempered Cardiff conflict.
Each side have been decreased to 10 males as Connor Roberts and Patrick Schick noticed pink in separate second-half incidents.
Schick was dismissed after tangling with Roberts three minutes after the restart, an incident which noticed the Swansea wing-back booked.
Roberts collected his second warning 13 minutes from time after catching Tomas Soucek within the face throughout an aerial problem, which the West Ham midfielder ensured caught the eye of Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan.
Wales rapidly recovered from that setback as Gareth Bale crossed from the left after 81 minutes, and James’ downward header beat the despairing dive of Czech goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik for his fourth worldwide aim.
The identical can’t be mentioned for the Republic of Eire although, with supervisor Stephen Kenny and not using a win in his first eleven matches in cost.
James McClean scored his first worldwide aim for three-and-a-half years however they might solely handle a 1-1 draw to Qatar.
McClean fired Eire, who have been out to revive pleasure towards the World Cup hosts on the Nagyerdei Stadium in Debrecen after Saturday’s determined qualifying defeat by Luxembourg, right into a fourth-minute lead which they preserved till Mohamed Muntari levelled two minutes after the restart.
A 1-1 draw at the least left Kenny’s males with one thing to point out for a desperately disappointing worldwide break, throughout which their hopes of constructing it to Qatar subsequent yr have been dealt a probably deadly blow, and the supervisor will hope one thing to construct upon throughout a nine-day coaching camp in June.
A extra skilled facet than he was capable of area towards both Serbia or Luxembourg confirmed higher power towards technically adept and cellular opponents however as soon as once more have been finally unable to defend a lead, one thing upon which they’ve prided themselves within the current previous.