Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn does it again for Wales in win over Moldova


Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn has been at it again – with another international rescue to keep alive Wales’ World Cup dream.

Woodburn came off the bench shortly after the hour with Chris Coleman’s side struggling to find a way through in their crucial qualifier in Moldova.

And the 17-year-old, in only his second senior appearance for his country, broke free down the left with 10 minutes remaining and produced a brilliant cross from which Hal Robson-Kanu netted the all-important opener before Aaron Ramsey sealed the win during injury time.

It came just three days after Woodburn scored the only goal in the 1-0 win over Austria in Cardiff five minutes after emerged as substitute for his senior international debut.

The win moved Wales into second place in Group D and in the play-off place ahead of the Republic of Ireland, who were beaten 1-0 at home to Serbia in Dublin.

With two games remaining, Serbia are on 18 points, with Wales on 14 points, Ireland 13 and Austria on 8.

Wales travel to Georgia next month before what is likely to be a second-placed decider when they entertain Ireland.

Woodburn will hope his exploits have put him in contention for a place on the bench when Liverpool resume their Premier League campaign at Manchester City on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Mohamed Salah put Egypt’s World Cup qualifying campaign back on track by scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Uganda in Cairo.

Egypt lead the Ugandans by two points in their group with two games left to play.


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