- End of 2nd Half
- 2nd Half
- Ward (o.g.)49'
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Czech Republic - Wales
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That's full-time; it's been a thriller in Prague and it's finished two each.
Moore stray arms a defender from the free kick, and is booked.
Sadilek brings down Moore as Wales try to break. Yellow card.
Zrmhal replaces Hlocek for the Czechs. We'll have a minimum of three additional minutes.
Wales are chucking everything at this, and have recovered admirably after the shock of that own goal. They're getting crosses in, but they're not accurate - yet.
Schick sets up Sadilek on the edge of the Welsh area, but he shoots high and wide.
For Wales Tyler Roberts replaces Mepham. Page is going for this.
Two more check changes: Kuchta for Kral and Wiesner for Novak.
It's been said before, but James can shift. He leads a break for Wales right to the edge of the Czech area, before dragging his shot several yards wide of goal. Ramsey, to his left, was in a better position there.
This is wild stuff. Four different Czech players have a yahoo at the Welsh goal in the space of ten seconds, the final strike cracking Roberts full in the face and flying clear. Wales then go up the other end, and Roberts tries the old Lee Sharpe vs Barcelona finish with a Cruyffian flick to the near post, but it's a yard wide. Phew!
Changes, and plenty of them. There's a Welsh debut for Sorba Thomas, who replaces Neco Williams and it's Vydra for Pesek and Sadilek for Barak for the Czechs.
CHANCE! Wales should be ahead. Ramsey crosses to the back post, where Moore rises. He heads it back across goal, where the ball somehow goes wide of the post and past the lunging Ramsey and out. That was an open net!
Wilson looks a canny change and then some by Page, as Wales are bossing this now. He's turning tricks on the edge again, and his shot deflects off Celustka and flies just wide with Vaclik beaten! My days. Corner to Wales.
CHANCE! Wilson's at at again, turning on the edge of the Czech box and poking a deft pass through to Ramsey on the right. He's in, and opts for a toe bunger that Vaclik clears with his feet. What a game we've got on now.
- GoalDaniel JamesWales
GOAL! Czech Republic 2 Wales 2 (James 69)
Well well, Wales are level! Wilson picks the ball up 40 yards from goal, strides forward unopposed, and slides a lovely pass through the inside right channel to James. He's clean through, and shoots across Vaclik and into the far corner to level it up!
The Czechs break again, and are looking dangerous now. A cross into the area finds Schick, who almost gets it down to shoot before Roberts gets his body in the way to draw a foul.
Ramsey loses possession on the left, and the Czechs eventually spring Schick clear down the left. He fires a stunning cross into the area, which goes between Pesek and Ward like an arrow through trees and flies out the other side to safety.
Half a chance here for Wales, as James hangs a cross up to the back post. Moore rises, jumping through two, but his header is tame and gathered on the line by Vaclik.
Harry Wilson and Connor Roberts are on for Wales, replacing Morrell and Gunter.
The Czechs win the ball in the Welsh half, and Barak piles forwards. He feeds Soucek to his right, who drags a shot well wide from 25 yards out.
The Red Wall are in good voice, belting out the Welsh anthem in the away end. That goal seems to have deflated Wales for now, and here it is. On the commentary they're debating whether the pass was too lively, but Ward clearly takes his eyes right off it.
The Czechs break through Kral, who for a split second looks to have a ball on the Schick to get him away but woefully underhits it and Wales regain the ball.
Can Wales recover from that? They win a corner, and a loose ball again falls to Williams, who again shoots well off target albeit from a wide angle this time.
- Own-goalDanny WardWales
GOAL! Czech Republic 2 (Ramsey o.g. 49) Wales 1
Oh my, what a nightmare for Ward. Ramsey wins the ball in midfield and passes it back to his goalkeeper. It's got pace on it but not an excessive amount and Ward miscontrols the ball with the outside of his foot before watching on in horror as it trickles behind him and his despairing attempt to slide and hook it clear can't stop the ball creeping into the corner of the net off the post. That's a disaster for Wales.
A Welsh free kick from the right is pumped into the box by James and cleared. It drops for Williams, who controls it nicely but can't sort his feet out and shoots high over the bar from 20 yards out.
Moore's lucky here; he clumps Soucek with a stray elbow. Dimmer views have been taken of those.
Once more, with feeling; we're underway in the second half.
- End of 1st Half
The Czechs make a hash of a late corner, and that's us for the first half.
One added minute folks, of a game with some serious heat in it.
Wales break again through the trio of Moore, James and Ramsey, but the latter can only blooter his attempted through ball to James straight up in the air and into the hands of Vaclik. They look really dangerous when they win the ball and spring quickly.
Let's have everyone calm down for a second shall we? The players and fans seem stunned by that flurry. It was a beautiful goal on the break for Wales, but the celebrations had barely calmed down before Pesek equalised. Your boy Pesek has just crossed from the right and looped it over Danny Ward and onto the top of the net. For a brief second that looked like it might creep in. Behave, everyone!
- GoalJakub PešekCzech Republic
GOAL! Czech Republic 1 (Pesek 38) Wales 1
Crikey, the Czechs are level! A flipped ball into the area from the left gives Hlozek (I think) the chance from a wide angle. He shoots across Ward, who can only palm the ball out. Williams slips over before he can clear, and Pesek taps the ball into an empty net!
- GoalAaron RamseyWales
GOAL! Czech Republic 0 Wales 1 (Ramsey 36)
What a huge goal for Wales! From the Czech corner Wales break immediately, and find Moore on the right in the Czech half. His cross-cum-pass misses James on the penalty spot, but lands at the feet of Ramsey at the back stick. He calmly controls it, sits Vaclik down and strokes it into the far corner.
Schick's been quiet, but he's dangerous. Barak finds him on the edge of the area and his shot loops off Ampadu and behind for a corner.
James wins a corner for Wales. He takes it short, gets it back, and his looping cross to the back post is headed harmlessly wide by Moore.
Gunter winds in a cross from the right. Moore is in the vicinity, but fouls his marker on the edge of the six yard box and it's a free kick to the Czechs.
Wales trie to launch James over the top. He's one on one with Kalas, who fends off James and tidies up the danger with the help of Vaclik.
DOUBLE YELLOW! Ampadu absolutely clatters Mateju on the right wing and is booked. For insisting on a card of a different hue, Barak gets a caution too.
Wales win their first corner of the night, but take it short and make a right old mess of it.
A patient move by Wales gets James into space on the left. He tries to swing a cross into the area, but his delivery is low and poor and the Czechs clear.
This is a good spell for Wales, who are now buzzing around the Czech box and moving the ball crisply. The pace of James in transition is a real problem for the Czechs.
OH WHAT A CHANCE! The Czechs break on Wales, but Hlozek's shot from the edge is blocked. Wales then spring immediately on the Czechs and they've got a two on one! James slides Moore into the area, but it's a poor ball; too far ahead of Moore, who tries to slide it past Vaclik who is out like lightning to make a reflex save and keep it goalless.
James latches onto a loose ball on the left wing, and he's away. He cuts infield and across the face of the area, but his attempt to hit the postage stamp of the goal is woefully off target.
A long ball in behind the Czechs briefly threatens to get Moore in for a second, but runs too far wide to the left. Wales keep possession though, and Amapdu runs it into the area before hitting the deck theatrically; Aytekin isn't having a bar of it.
CHANCE! It's the first sighting of Schick, as he gets behind the Welsh midfield and runs the ball to the edge of the area. After turning one way then the other, he pokes a ball out to Hlozek on the left whose shot from 12 yards out is saved by Ward and then hacked clear.
Novak is involved everything so far, and crosses dangerously from the left but it's headed out of the Welsh area by Rodon (I think).
The Czechs have settled the better of the two, but a promising move around the left of the Welsh area is nixed by an offside flag.
- 1st Half
We're off, and after just thirty seconds Ramsey catches Novak with a stray arm as both players jump for a high ball. That provokes an immediate yellow card.
The anthems are done, it's time to get it popping. Before kick off the Welsh players take the knee, which is met with a chorus of depressing boos. There is no room for racism anywhere in life.
The players are on the pitch and, as Jimmy Lennon Junior so often opines, it’s showtime. Your referee for all the chuckles tonight is Deniz Aytekin.
There's another game in the group tonight, a concurrent fixture between Estonia and Belarus in Tallin. The Czech Republic and Wales will be facing both of those teams again before the Group E race is run.
Here's the previous meeting between the two in this group, where a towering late header from James snagged all three for Wales in Cardiff.
Can Wales blag a result tonight? Whereas it’s must-win for the Czechs, it’s must-not-lose for Wales. Given that it’s an away fixture and they are lacking their gamebreaker in Gareth Bale plus several others, even a point would be a handy return; manager Robert Page is targeting all three, but a stalemate would still leave Wales’s fate in their own hands.
They’ve been more than handy in the Euros since gaining independence, but the Czechs have struggled with the World Cup over the same period. They have only qualified once in the last 25 year, when they were unceremoniously bumped out of Germany 2006 in the first round. Hope springs eternal though, and emboldened by a decent turn at Euro 2020 and a big crowd in Prague tonight they’ll be looking to take this race for a play-off right to the wire.
Wales are missing the talismanic Gareth Bale tonight due to a hamstring injury. Ben Davies and David Brooks are also out, but Joe Rodon returns to what looks to be a back three, with the front line led by Kieffer Moore and Daniel James. Aaron Ramsey is back too, and there’s a lot riding on his performance tonight if Wales are to get a result.
The Czechs have Patrick Schick up front on his own tonight; you’ll remember him from his five goal turn at the Euros, but in the reverse of this fixture in Cardiff he was sent off. Vladimir Coufal, West Ham’s revelatory full back, is out of the squad but the Czechs are captained by his Irons teammate Tomas Soucek.
Croeso i Gymru:
Here are your Czechs:
Good evening, fans of critical junctures, and welcome to live coverage of the Czech Republic versus Wales in World Cup Qualifying UEFA Group E.
Let’s cut to the chase: Belgium are clearly going to win the group, and it’s a bun fight between these two teams to finish second and have a yahoo at getting to Qatar 2022 via the play-offs. Both are locked on seven points, with the Czech Republic having played five matches so far to Wales’s four. This is massive. Huge. Bigger than the biggest thing you can think of on this autumnal Friday night. A win here for either side will be crucial in their bids to make it to the World Cup.
Team news off the wires from Prague shortly.