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Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Wasteful Wales leave it late to beat Moldova 2-0

Wasteful Wales leave it late to beat Moldova 2-0

Moldova's 4-0 defeat to Wales last September is their biggest losing margin of the campaign but they were proving to be far from pushovers on home turf, testing Wayne Hennessey on occasion as the deadlock ticked past half an hour.

Wales arrive in Chisinau with renewed optimism that they can make next summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation after Saturday's 1-0 victory over Austria.

"It doesn't matter who scores the goals, it's a team game". Robson-Kanu also had a more than decent chance, shooting just wide after a nice touch in the build-up.

Hal Robson-Kanu opened the scoring after 80 minutes before Aaron Ramsey sealed the win in stoppage time.

2 wins out of 2, job done.

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

England have made a number of advances to convince the Reds winger to defect to the country of his residence, but he committed his worldwide future to the Wales national team.

"The chances just didn't come our way I suppose".

It wasn't always pretty, and certainly not easy, but it was a vital and important win, one that set up the trip to Moldova on Tuesday night.

Wales were once more indebted to the rich promise of Liverpool teenager Woodburn.

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Victor Fraile GettyImages

Wales made hard work of their World Cup qualifying match away to Moldova, eventually winning 2-0.

Moldova, for their supposed minnow status, had a few opportunities of their own but the scoreline, much like Friday, was 0-0 at half-time.

On the counter, Gareth Bale's low drive was spilled by Ilie Cebanu, who recovered well to parry out Ramsey's shot on the follow-up.

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.

Group leaders Serbia are four points better off ahead of their game with the Republic in Dublin on Tuesday.

The message from Chris Coleman to his players at half time would surely have been for them to remain patient, and try to move the ball slightly quicker, and ultimately it paid off.

Chris Coleman's side dominated for long periods in Chisinau but were missing the final touch to punish Group D's whipping boys.

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

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