Wales Go Second After Dramatic Late Victory In Moldova

And Wales can thank Woodburn for keeping their hopes of reaching a first World Cup for 60 years alive.

"We have two games to go and hopefully we can do it". Still, very exciting for us and everything to play for... we have to be better in our all-round play though.

"Ireland winning would have been better".

Moldova have nothing more than pride to play for and they will do everything they can to stop Gareth Bale, so the value sits with those who will benefit from the additional space to operate. It's theirs to lose. "We could have got the result".

"We had some half-chances, shots from the edge of the box that didn't hit the target.

Liverpool think a lot of him, and they're going to keep progressing him, but not too quickly".

The forward then capped off a memorable few days for his country when again as a substitute, he created the opening goal for Hal Robson-Kanu in Moldova on Tuesday night.

"But it doesn't matter how you perform if you don't get the points". That is the aim now. We felt so flat going into that game but I should have known that Scotland always produce when they're down on themselves.

Midfielder Joe Allen admitted the whole nation was grateful for the efforts of super-sub Ben Woodburn.

Wales enjoyed 72% possession but struggled to break down a Moldova side rooted firmly to the bottom of Group D until Hal Robson-Kanu's 80th minute header broke the deadlock.

Already Liverpool's youngest-ever goalscorer, Woodburn stamped his credentials as global player with a pair of eye-catching performances in the recent World Cup qualifiers.

"Jurgen Klopp felt it was a bit early for Ben but we've all got opinions which is what is great about football", said the Wales boss.

It certainly makes a lot of sense for Liverpool to try and tie Woodburn down to as long-term a deal as possible, as while they are clearly fully aware of the talent he possesses, his worldwide duty bow would have surely won him plenty of admirers.

"We had to get three points". "We have to go to Moldova and do the same, but the feeling is that we can have momentum again". He's so young, but if you're good, you're good.

"The game in Serbia last week was a nightmare for us but we showed, against Wales, that with discipline and heart, we can achieve something".

Asked if he had spoken to Coleman about Woodburn's call-up, Klopp said: "Actually I was surprised by this".

That win over San Marino in 2013 - by a 3-0 scoreline - is also the last time the Moldovans have kept a home clean sheet.

  • Julie Sanders