Wales U21s withstood late pressure to claim three points after a 2-1 win at home to Liechtenstein in Bangor.
Wales 2-1 Liechtenstein (U21)
2019 UEFA U21 European Championship Qualifier
- Friday 7 September
- VSM Stadium, Bangor
- Scorers: George Thomas (4' 18') Lukas Graber (77')
Rob Page’s side started on the front foot with an early goal after four minutes. Some clever linkup play between midfielder Joe Morrell and George Thomas gave the striker an opportunity to extend his goal scoring tally in the U21 European Championship qualifiers as he dinked the ball over goalkeeper Armando Majer.
Wales continued to push, using the pace of wingers Rabbi Matondo and Dan James to exploit space out wide. The Young Dragons were quickly rewarded for their efforts as Matondo dazzled his opposition full back, dribbling through and drilling a low cross which gifted Thomas a second goal, doubling Wales’ lead.
Wales looked settled in possession with controlled passing and spreading the ball across the pitch effectively, but a third goal was disallowed as Mark Harris was caught offside after finding the back of the net.
Towards the end of the first half and beginning of the second half Wales had several chances to extend the lead further, with George Thomas unlucky not to get a hat-trick and U21 debutant Ashley Baker hit the post with a long-range effort.
Despite being in control, it was a nervy finish for Wales as Lukas Graber scored against the run of play from outside the box. The goal allowed Liechtenstein back into the game and a second chance minutes before the hand saw Benjamin Vogt’s header hit the crossbar several minutes after the goal.
After the scare, Wales took possession again and calmed the game down to ensure the three points. Rob Page’s side will now be looking ahead to the next game where they face Portugal at home on Tuesday September 11.
Wales: 1 L Pilling, 2 C Coxe, 3 R Norrington-Davies, 4 A Baker, 5 R Poole, 6 C Harries, 7 D James, 8 J Morrell, 9 M Harris (15 N Broadhead 53'), 10 G Thomas, 11 R Matondo (16 A Babos 72')