2022 World Cup Qualifying - UEFA, Group Stage
  • Jakub Pesek (38')
  • Danny Ward (49' OG)
  • Aaron Ramsey (36')
  • Daniel James (69')

Wales fight back vs. Czech Republic to entertaining 2-2 draw in World Cup qualifying

A Daniel James strike helped Wales fight back to draw 2-2 with the Czech Republic in an entertaining World Cup qualifier on Friday after the visitor's goalkeeper had gifted the hosts a second-half lead.

Wales opened the scoring in Friday's Group E clash in the 36th minute, when Aaron Ramsey fired home from a sharp angle after a James header from a long Neco Williams pass found the Juventus midfielder at the far post. It was a sublime counterattacking move, but the hosts responded less than two minutes later when Welsh goalkeeper Danny Ward palmed an Antonin Barak shot into the path of Jakub Pesek, who swept the ball into the net to level the score.

- ESPN+ guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more (U.S.)
- Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only)
- Don't have ESPN? Get instant access

The Czechs then took the lead just after the break after another defensive miscue: Ramsey played a simple back-pass to Ward, who failed to control the ball and watched it dribble over the line, an easy goal in a match that saw both sides created plenty of chances.

The visitors -- playing without the injured Gareth Bale -- fought back to level in the 69th minute after substitute Harry Wilson slotted a through ball to James, who drove a shot into the far corner beyond Czech keeper Tomas Vaclik.

The Czechs have eight points from six matches in Group E, level with Wales, but both nations sit in second place behind leaders Belgium on goal difference. The Czechs next face Belarus away on Oct. 11, while Wales take on Estonia.