It's not Hal over after Ben Woodburn's late show lifts Wales

It's not Hal over after Ben Woodburn's late show lifts Wales

It's not Hal over after Ben Woodburn's late show lifts Wales

Teenage super sub Ben Woodburn was the inspiration for Wales as they scored two late goals to leapfrog the Republic of Ireland into second place in Group D.

The 1-0 victory for Wales over Austria on Saturday was a crucial one for their qualification hopes, on a night when the Republic of Ireland dropped points away in Georgia. He is also likely to be given more opportunities by Jurgen Klopp this season.

Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen, Ben Davies and Chris Gunter - who won his 80th cap against Austria - were all capped while still in their teens.

"Young Ben delivered again - a good cross and Hal Robson-Kanu puts it into the back of the net - fantastic".

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.

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.

Chris Coleman restricted the forward to substitute cameos on both occasions and Rush, Wales' all-time leading goalscorer, agees with the conservative approach. In fact it was Wales who should have comfortable put the game to bed, Robson-Kanu selfishly blasting over when Bale was free and unmarked, before hitting the post with another effort, and Bale was denied as his outrageous overhead kick was saved by Lindner.

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Moldova boss Igor Dobrovolskiy, meanwhile, makes four changes from the 3-0 defeat in Serbia, with Vitalie Bordian, Artiom Rozgoniuc, Dinu Graur and Alexandru Pascenco coming in. As Wales won without conceding at the weekend and Moldova lost without scoring, the price of [1.92] for Wales to Win To Nil is appealing.

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

The 17-year-old Liverpool striker drilled home the victor just four minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute to keep Wales unbeaten in qualifying and four points adrift of Group D leaders Serbia.

Son played the whole match and although he couldn't find the net, the point for his country was enough to guarantee them second place in Group A, which sees them automatically qualify for Russian Federation.

The play-off matches will be between the eight best runners-up in the nine qualifying groups and for Wales to finish second they must win their final two matches next month, away to Georgia and then at home to the Republic of Ireland.

Woodburn has certainly shown a lot of promised and has been touted as a possible superstar for the future.

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