Wales 1-0 Mexico: Kieffer Moore’s goal turns out to be the difference as hosts take the win at Cardiff City Stadium and Chris Gunter becomes his country’s first-ever male player to win 100 caps.
- Wales beat Mexico 1-0 in their friendly on Saturday night thanks to Kieffer Moore
- Moore’s goal came in the 11th minute of the game, leaving Wales tight
- Chris Gunter became the first Welsh player to win 100 caps for his country
A friendly match in an empty stadium isn’t the way footballers dream of making history, but Chris Gunter could at least celebrate a victory when he became Wales’s first male player to win 100 caps.
The defender captained a heavily modified side in Saturday night’s friendly against Mexico and delivered a confident performance as Rob Page’s men triumphed thanks to Kieffer Moore’s 11th-minute goal – their only goal attempt.
The 31-year-old’s international career began in 2007 with a friendly against New Zealand and while his club-level performance did not match their early promise, Gunter has never left his country and can expect to see some more selection. .
Wales beat Mexico 1-0 in their friendly on Saturday night thanks to a goal from Kieffer Moore
Chris Gunter celebrated the victory and became the first Welsh player to win 100 caps
“I’m living a dream,” said Gunter, who plays for Charlton. ‘It is very special to share the field with people with whom I have played for so many years. I don’t think there is a happier man in the world right now. ‘
Page added: ‘He’s got 100 and maybe a few more to come. He gave a nice speech to the players and it was quite emotional after the game. ‘
With one eye on Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic here, Page – who continues to make it to the team in the absence of Ryan Giggs – dropped skipper Gareth Bale and other key figures from the starting XI.
Bale got a run-out for the last nine minutes, but his real work will be against the Czechs
Wolves attacker Raul Jimenez, who hasn’t played since he broke his skull, stood in the stands
Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Cabango, Norrington-Davies, J Williams, Levitt, Smith, Lawrence 6, T Roberts, Matondo, Moore
Subs: C Roberts, Sheehan, N Williams, Johnson, Bale, Robson Kanu, Davies, King, Rodon, Cooper, Ampadu, Morrel
Mexico: Ochoa; Gallardo, Montes, Alvarez, Rodriguez; Salcedo, Herrera; Guarded, Lozano, Pineda; Crown
Subs: Orozco, Talavera, Romo, Dos Santos, Sanches, Pulido, Pizarro, Lainez, Gutierre
Bale got a brief run-out for the last nine minutes, but his real deal will come against the Czechs, who showed their mettle by signing last night / Saturday with group favorites Belgium.
Wolf attacker Raul Jimenez, who hasn’t played since he broke his skull last November, was in the stands after training with Mexico this week.
Mexico could have won a penalty by barely a minute on the clock when Hirving Lozano was bundled by Ben Cabango before Wales took the lead.
Tyler Roberts found Jonny Williams whose cross was turned by Moore, who took advantage of poor defense to lead home from six yards.
Without Jimenez on the offensive, Mexico lacked punch. When Jesus found Corona firing room after swinging past Cabango, the Porto’s forward shot wide.
Hal Robson-Kanu had replaced Moore at half time and should have done better when Roberts was six meters behind him.
On the other hand, Wayne Hennessey made his first serious save in the 55th minute by denying Lozano with his feet. Mexico continued to dominate the ball and Corona lost another chance in the final seconds of the game.
However, without Jimenez in their attack, Mexico lacked punch in their game