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

Wales Moldova

Wales Moldova

The controversial Joey Barton has claimed that Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn is showing more promise than Real Madrid star Gareth Bale did at the same age.

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.

Burnley striker Vokes was also introduced in search of a precious goal and came close to a quick impact, nearly getting to Davies' by-line cutback before rising to head a cross narrowly across the face of goal.

Southgate wished Woodburn well for the future and insisted that capping players for the objective of locking in their allegiance was not in the national team's interest.

Instead, there was an unusual gap left in the back row, with Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale standing separately as if in a two-man team of their own.

That said, Moldova had come close to a rare victory in the two games preceding their match with Serbia.

"We're not a big nation and when good players come along we want them to produce and perform well".

Already the scorer of four goals throughout qualification, Bale always seemed likeliest to end the wait for an opener and the winger's long-range shot nearly drew a costly spill from Cebanu after the restart.

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"We are all proud of him. He's Welsh anyway so he's ours".

And he wanted to make sure he could one day fill his boots for the Dragons and not slip away back across the border.

"Mentally I think we all still feel 17 - me, Joe [Ledley], Wayne [Hennessey], Rambo [Aaron Ramsey], all of us - we're still young in our minds, maybe not so much in our bodies".

It has been a remarkable few days for the teenager, whose efforts against Austria and Moldova have helped put Wales in contention for a World Cup place next summer.

"If we win all four we'll have a great chance of top spot and if not we'll get into the play-offs".

Coleman said: "It was a good win. We know they'll make it hard but, we'll go into the match confident and very well prepared".

"Obviously it is nerve-racking coming in to any squad, but the players really welcomed me and helped me to feel at home".

Martin O'Neill's Ireland dropped two points behind Serbia, who they host in Dublin on Tuesday, while Austria's prospects now appear all but doomed ahead of the visit of Georgia.

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