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

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

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

We all knew it was going to take a bit of time to break down Malta but you have to be concerned about some of the players and how they dealt with that pressure, although I think Raheem Sterling might have been feeling a bit of emotional strain after being linked with Arsenal!

The debut-making Ben Woodburn's victor took them to within two points of the Republic of Ireland in second and four points behind Group D leaders Serbia.

Hennessey produced a fine stop to deny Andrei Cojocari before Ramsey's deflected effort in stoppage time sewed up the points for Wales.

The visitors were frustrated in Chisinau for 80 minutes until substitute Woodburn, 17, dribbled from his own half and crossed for West Brom's Hal Robson-Kanu to score with a stooping header.

Former Manchester City full-back Aleksandar Kolarov's rasping 55th-minute strike off the underside of the crossbar lifted the group leaders four points clear with two games remaining.

It was a scoreline that reflected Wales dominance but nonetheless it was an uninspired performance from a Wales side that enjoyed 72% of possession.

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Knowing only a win would do, Chris Coleman will be delighted to back on the plane with three points in the bag, thanks to a Hal Robson-Kanu and Aaron Ramsey, and a top-two finish in Group D is now back in their hands.

You could see Malta were fairly well drilled against England and we saw with Luxembourg against France, if you can avoid an unlucky deflection, then the lesser sides can sit in and grind out results.

Asked to rate Wales' chances of qualifying for next year's World Cup (their only previous appearance in the tournament was in 1958), Coleman said: "We are still in the mix. We've got another game to play", he added. "We needed to build momentum and we have done that".

"I have not seen it back yet - I have just come out here - but the players in the dressing room say it's a clear-cut penalty and the referee has chosen not to give it".

"He was obviously very disappointed with what happened and playing with him at club level I know he was deeply affected by it", Chester said.

O'Neill was bullish when asked whether he thought Ireland could still make it to Russian Federation next summer. Only a 90th minute equaliser prevented them from winning a friendly away in Israel back in June and a few days later they let a two goal lead slip to draw 2-2 with Georgia.

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