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By Gareth Vincent
BBC Sport Wales at Cardiff City Stadium
Daniel James’ finish gave Wales victory in their friendly against Belarus since Ryan Giggs’ team maintained a fourth consecutive home win.
After joining from Swansea City in the summer, the winger has created a spectacular start in Manchester United to life.
And his club form reproduced on the worldwide stage to hands a deserved triumph to Wales.
Giggs had urged his players to build some momentum following the hard-earned Euro 2020 qualifying triumph over Azerbaijan.
They responded with a bright performance which should really have made a relaxed win – though fans were there to view it.
In the Cardiff City Stadium history, only 1 match – the 2-1 defeat by Australia in 2011 – has drawn a crowd.
Gareth Bale insisted entering this match that Wales are moving beneath Giggs, who has now won seven of his 15 games.
After criticism of Wales’ functionality at the win over Azerbaijan, the Real Madrid forward said Giggs is attempting to generate a federal side who play fast, attacking soccer.
When Azerbaijan sat profound they fought on this score Friday and Wales made hard work of breaking down.
Despite all the Bale seeing prior to the 50th minute from the bench, it was a different story against Belarus.
Wales needed only 17 minutes to expose their opponents.
There has been a warning for Belarus on when Joe Allen led Harry Wilson and a Welsh break drove goalwards early.
Goalkeeper Maksim Plotnikov produced a respectable save, but he was helpless when Joe Morrell fed up Jonny Williams and that he sent James.
In what is turning into a signature move, the #15m United signing cut inside on to his foot before curling the ball inside the far post.
James’ goal was the most memorable period of the first half.
He made way with Wilson moving close every time a routine ended coming back off the far post because Wales’ control of the competition continued, for Bale.
Kieffer Moore headed wide when he seemed certain to score having been picked out by Wilson, before Bale overlooked.
The goal is to claim a spot as Bale pointed out, obviously – and what happened here will have little impact on that front.
But this was a positive operation and also a step in the ideal path , albeit a tiny one.
Giggs produced five changes to the side that started the Azerbaijan game, together with Tom Lawrence, Neil Taylor, Ethan Ampadu, Wayne Hennessey and Bale.
Came Danny Ward, Jonny Williams, Ben Davies along with two debutants, Morrell and Moore.
A occasion this match could have been, however Wigan striker Moore along with Lincoln Bristol City midfielder Morrell will recall it for quite a while.
Although Wales was given some bodily presence in assault by the towering Moore morrell was neat and tidy in midfield alongside Allen.
Of people who came into the negative, it was possibly Williams who produced the case for participation when Wales return to aggressive action.
The 25-year-old began on the rear of a good spell at Charlton Athletic, and he provided Wales craft to the ball which had been missing sometimes against Azerbaijan’s type.
He is useful when Wales go to Slovakia and then face World Cup finalists Croatia with this ground in two potentially pivotal qualifying matches.
With a little bit of luck, clearly, Juventus’ Aaron Ramsey is going to be fit to offer his guile to Giggs’ side-by-side also.