Wales beat Moldova in the World Cup qualifierPosted: September 10, 2017
Wales boosted their chances in qualifying for the 2018’s World Cup after defeating Moldova by a 0-2 score on 5th of September.
Moldova is more than 100 places behind the Welsh in the Fifa World Ranking and on the bottom of their qualifier Group D. They lost, but it was only due to a quick play in the late game, which followed after a goalless 80-minute play.
There wasn’t much, what the Moldovans could do against the Wales’ fierce attacks, who were prevailing by 72% in possession with 4 times more shots on target. The hosts showed a stubborn defence, but their opponents managed to find the momentum and hit them when it became quite critical maintaining a similar pace.
Hal Robson-Kanu released the tension that the visitors’ side gathered during the game in the 80th minutes, mustering the first goal. This time, it was also thanks to the teenager’s, Ben Woodburn’s, contribution, who made the difference in their match against Austria. As he went out of substitution, he rushed to give a cross to Robson-Kanu helping him score from a header.
Wales was ahead, but it could end even with a draw, as several minutes after the opener, the substitute Andrei Cojocari mustered a dangerous effort, where Wayne Hennessey managed to perform an excellent save.
Aaron Ramsey calmed the visitors, as he sealed the score in the extra time, giving his team a more decent look on the scoreline.
Wales are now second in the Group D, with Serbia on top. As Serbia has earned the wins, they will automatically progress in the World Cup now, and it remains for Wales only to battle their way through in the final two matches. The Republic of Ireland, who has slipped to the third spot, will most likely remain there, which makes Wales the most suitable contenders for qualifying for the World Cup together with Serbia in their group.
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