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Moore opens his account as Wales keep dream alive

Slovakia 1 Wales 1

By Phil Blanche

Wales stayed in the hunt for Euro 2020 qualification with a battling 1-1 draw against Slovakia in Trnava.

Kieffer Moore's first goal for his country gave Wales hope of ending a 12-month wait for an away win.

The 6ft 5ins Wigan striker gave Wales the lead on 25 minutes, getting on the end of a Daniel James cross and giving the goalkeeper no chance with a perfectly directed header.

But Juraj Kucka equalised eight minutes after half-time with a splendid volley from the edge of the area.

Slovakia were reduced to 10 men two minutes from time when Norbert Gyomber received his second yellow card, but Wales could not find the winner in what was a pulsating contest.

It was a must-not lose game for Wales who lie three points adrift of Slovakia, albeit with a game in hand, and matches in Group E fast running out.

The draw is not a disaster for Wales given that they beat Slovakia in Cardiff in March, meaning they would finish above them in the final standings on their head-to-head record should they finish level on points.

Wales now prepare for Sunday's visit from group leaders Croatia.

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