Wales Go Second After Dramatic Late Victory In Moldova

Watch Gareth Bale try an incredible overhead kick against Austria only for Heinz Lindner to superbly parry the effort away

The 17-year-old Woodburn scored on his global debut for Wales on Sunday night as they defeated Austria 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier. He is also likely to be given more opportunities by Jurgen Klopp this season.

If the effort and will to win was exemplified by Bale's last-ditch tackle as an Austrian attacker bore down on goal, then just minutes later it shone through from the stand to the pitch.

"I look forward to what involvement he is going to have for Wales in the future". They dug in against Austria and the youngster Ben Woodburn did fantastically well to secure them the win.

The first chance for the visitors came from a corner as Hal Robson-Kanu rose tallest only to see his header divert narrowly past Ilie Cebanu's post.

"When I was a player and we lost 3-0 people would want to kill me".

Wales had never previously won in Moldova, a statistic that proved sobering to those still high on the fervour of Saturday, and were certainly not going to be in for an easy ride from the hosts. They can be hard to break down and to find the last team to score four goals against them as Wales did a year ago, you have to go back to 2013, when England beat them in a World Cup qualifier.

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And, while there are more than 800 miles between Chisinau and Moscow, Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and new hero Woodburn can take another huge step towards Russian Federation in the Moldovan capital tonight.

Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates after giving Wales the lead in Moldova.

Three points lifted Wales above the Republic of Ireland into second place in qualifying Group D, putting Chris Coleman's men in line for a possible play-off to reach the 2018 finals. The win in Dublin leaves the Serbs four points clear at the top of the World Cup qualifying group, but Wales have given themselves an excellent chance of reaching Russian Federation via the play-offs.

Chris Coleman played his joker on the hour mark as Liverpool starlet Ben Woodburn entered the fray after his heroics in Cardiff on Friday night, but it almost had the opposite impact as Moldova very nearly took the lead after a mistake from Ashley Williams was nearly punished. He's trying to convince everyone he's got a great squad but they need to prove it on the pitch.

Bale returned from suspension at the Principality Stadium after missing the 1-1 stalemate with Serbia in June, the fifth time in sixth qualifiers Wales had been held to a draw.

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