James' off the mark in Wales win

25th March 2019

Swansea City winger Daniel James scored his first international goal as Wales got their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off to a winning start.

James made his first competitive start for his country and he got off to a flying start as he struck the deciding goal after just five minutes in the 1-0 win over Slovakia in Cardiff.

Picked alongside club team-mate Connor Roberts in the starting XI, James pinched possession just outside the box before firing in a low shot into the bottom corner.

Of the win, James said: "It was a good start after we got that early goal. From then on, we had to dig in. The only thing I had in my head was to shoot and luckily it went in.

"In the second half they had a lot of the ball but we got the win in the end."

Swans defender Declan John was an unused substitute as Ryan Giggs' side held off a stong Slovakia fightback to kick off their campaign with victory.

Oli McBurnie was an unsused substitute as Scotland bounced back from their shock 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan with a 2-0 victory at San Marino.

Kristoffer Nordfeldt was also on the bench as Sweden beat Romania 2-1 while Joel Asoro was among the Sweden Under-21s squad that was beaten 2-0 by Russia.

Ben Cabango scored for Wales U19s but it proved in vein as they were beaten 5-1 by their Spain counterparts.

Brandon Cooper captained Wales while Cameron Evans was among the substitutes.

Simon Paulet started for Belgium U19s, who picked up a useful 2-0 victory in Serbia. The midfielder featured for 74 minutes before being replaced.

Today, Bersant Celina will be in action as Kosovo host Bulgaria at senior level while Joel Asoro will hope to feature for Sweden U21s against Scotland.