Winning start for Wales as James strike proves decisive

Wales are off and running in their quest to reach the Euro 2020 finals after Dan James's fifth-minute goal sealed a 1-0 success over Slovakia at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Swansea speedster James – making his first start for the national team – lashed a stinging shot past Martin Dubravka before continuing to impress with his lightning pace and clever movement.

Gareth Bale had a quiet game but a young and vibrant Welsh team were the better side for the opening hour and their goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey came to the rescue late on with a decent save from a near-post header from Slovakian substitute Michal Duris.

There is huge potential for Wales to improve but they are still flying under the radar at 66-1 in the tournament betting.

Wales have been cut from 4-1 to 11-4 to win Group E, while Slovakia have drifted from 7-1 to 10-1.

Kazakhstan's flying start to Group I ground to a halt when they lost 4-0 to Russia in Astana.

Denis Cheryshev's brace put Russia 2-0 up at the break and further gloss was added by Artem Dzyuba and an Absal Beysebekov own goal.

Russia coped far better with their trip to Kazakhstan than Scotland, who lost 3-0 at the same venue on Thursday.

But their impressive victory has not influenced the bookmakers, who are still offering 66-1 about a Russian triumph at Euro 2020.



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