A Kayleigh Green header ensured Cymru remain unbeaten in their 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign after a 1-1 draw with Slovenia in Lendava.
2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifying Round
Slovenia 1-1 Cymru
- Friday 22 October
- Lendava Sports Park, Slovenia
Cymru, playing their 200th official match, had one change to the team that beat Kazakhstan and Estonia in the opening matches of the campaign. Esther Morgan was handed her first start with Rachel Rowe missing out due to an injury.
The match was a tight affair from the opening stages, with Slovenia playing with confidence following their last minute 3-2 defeat to France in their previous match.Pamela Begic and Lara Prasnikar were a physical presence up top as they looked to battle Hayley Ladd and Gemma Evans in the air.
Gemma Grainger's side were unfortunate not to take the lead in the opening fifteen minutes. A superb through ball from Jess Fishlock saw Tash Harding through on goal but she was denied by a last ditch tackle from Lana Golob.
Cymru’s attacks were thwarted by goalkeeper Zala Mersnik with some impressive saves for the hosts. Halfway through the second half, it was Slovenia that took the lead after Manja Rogan punished Cymru for some misplaced passes with an effort from long range.
The reply from Gemma Grainger's side was instant, as a superb free kick from Angharad James was met by the head of Kayleigh Green who made no mistake in finding the bottom corner. The celebrations were short lived for Green, who was sent off moments later for a late challenge on Mernsik.
Down to ten players, Cymru held their ground. After creating some chances and denying the hosts from taking the lead, the match ended in a draw with Cymru remaining in second place in the group.
Grainger’s side will now face Estonia in the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday. With more than 3,800 tickets already sold, fans can purchase theirs at faw.cymru/tickets.