Moldova v Wales: Welsh will put pressure on group leaders with win

Sheri Evans
September 7, 2017

After a pretty bland and dismal 75 minutes, it looked like Wales were going to be forced to settle for a disappointing 0-0 draw - that is, until Woodburn was summoned from the bench to pull off another of his magic tricks.

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has revealed he spoke to promising Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn and helped in convincing him to play for Wales at worldwide level instead of England.

Despite appearing nine times for the first team last season, scoring once, Woodburn has not managed to feature in a first-team squad so far this season.

Woodburn became the second-youngest player to score for Wales when he found the bottom corner from 22 yards after 74 minutes at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Wales turned to Woodburn on the hour and the Liverpool teenager was instantly into the action with a clipped cross which Robson-Kanu was just unable to reach.

"He obviously shows that every day in training with Liverpool and he shows that every day with us too".

"It was a great strike", Bale said. He is at a big club and has a good head on his shoulders, I am sure he will be nurtured in the right way".

Late goals from both Hal Robson-Kanu and Aaron Ramsey in stoppage time gave Wales three points as Coleman's men moved above Ireland into second place in group D.

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An Ireland win would keep Wales in third position, one point behind Serbia and two points off top spot.

Wales now have the worst record of the nine second-placed teams with eight points and a goal difference of +1 - not including the two wins against bottom-placed Moldova.

"It's a good recipe and hopefully they can help us". So we don't want to put pressure on shoulders.

"Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp loves him but he's not rushing him straight in and I think the same with [Wales boss] Chris Coleman", Rush said.

"I hope the crowd will be the 12th player on the pitch because we need their support", Dobrovolski said on the back of Saturday's 3-0 defeat in Serbia.

O'Neill was bullish when asked whether he thought Ireland could still make it to Russian Federation next summer.

Ramsey's 93rd-minute goal, meanwhile, brings to an end an excellent week for Wales, as they head into their penultimate qualifier against Georgia next month full of confidence.

"Picking up three points is exactly what we wanted to do against Austria", Davies said.

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