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Chris Mepham on bench as Wales win in Toulon

Late penalty gives Wales win over Bahrain

3 June 2017

Daniel James kept his composure from the spot with four minutes to play as Wales continued their unbeaten start to the 2017 Toulon Tournament with a 1-0 win over Bahrain on Friday.

After a 0-0 draw in their first game against hosts France, Wales were given an early scare at the Stade Parsemain in Fos-su-Mer as Abdulaziz Almansoori smashed an effort against the bar after seven minutes. Everton's Nathan Broadhead went close on a couple of occasions before Hasan Alkarrani became the second Bahrani to be denied by the woodwork before half-time. 

The chances dried up in the second-half but the decisive moment came with four minutes to play as Swansea City's James' run into the box was ended by Hamad Alshamsan. He was shown a second yellow card and James picked himself to slot home the crucial spot kick.

Brentford defender Chris Mepham was an unused substitute for yesterday's game as Wales set up a winner-take-all match against group leaders Ivory Coast on Monday as they look to join Ellery Balcombe and England in the semi-finals. 


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