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World Cup Qualification UEFA • Group D
  • 2nd Half
  • Moldova
  • Wales
  • Ramsey
  • Robson-KanuEdwards
  • IonitaBugaiov
  • GraurAmbros
  • Robson-Kanu
  • PascencoCojocari
  • KingVokes
  • LawrenceWoodburn
  • Robson-Kanu
  • Graur
  • 1st Half
  • Moldova
  • Wales
  • Dedov
  • King
  • Epureanu

Moldova - Wales
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 5 September 2017

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FT: Moldova 0-2 Wales. Much better in the second half as Wales net that crucial victory. The three points sees Chris Coleman's men leapfrog Republic of Ireland into second place. What a week for Wales! They sit in that play-off spot, one point ahead of the Republic, with two games to play. Plenty still to do. Thanks for joining us. Full report and reaction to follow on site. Goodbye.


It wouldn't have made too much of a difference but Moldova rattle the crossbar in the dying moments!


A huge slice of luck for Wales as Rasmey's volley takes a wicked deflection before finding the net.


GOOOOOALLL! Moldova 0-2 Wales. Game over as Ramsey nets a second.


SAAAAAAVE! He has had very little to do all night, but what a crucial stop that could be by Hennessey. The wicked attempt from Cojocari bounced in front of the Crystal Palace stopper, but Hennessey got two strong hands to it.


Four minutes of added time here. Can Wales hold on? Corner to Moldova...


Goalscoring hero Robson-Kanu's match is over, as Dave Edwards comes on in his place.


Moldova still very much a threat on the break. Wales must be careful.


During the break, Moldvoa make two chances with Graur and Ionita replaced by Vladimir Ambros and Igor Bugaev before play gets back underway.


What a turnaround!


SAVE! Woodburn looks like a natural at this level. Great feet by the 17-year-old, as he drags the ball back, before unleashing an effort at goal, which is well saved Cebanu.


What a role Woodburn has played once more for Wales. Great play from the youngster to get to the byline, before whipping a superb cross at full stretch onto the head on Robson-Kanu, who arches his back and guides the ball into the bottom corner. Jubilation on the Wales bench.


GOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLLL! Huuuuuuge goal for Wales as Robson-Kanu heads the visitors in front.


Ramsey has an effort from distance, but he again gets underneath it. Chance after chance for Wales now.


Wales piling the pressure on here. Williams is almost an auxiliary striker now.


This goal has to be the inspiration for Wales. They need a winner!


NO PENALTY! Bale feeds Woodburn, the youngster goes down under challenge from Posmac, but the referee points for a goal kick. Would have been harsh.


Moldova just scramble the ball away, as Cebanu completely misses his punch, Bale is lurking, but Epureanu clears.


Davies does well to get to the byline, tries to pull it back, but sees his cross blocked.


Coleman has upped the ante once more, with King replaced by a striker in the form of Sam Vokes.


CHANCE! Poor defending from Wales goes unpunished as King makes the clearance from in front of his own goal with Hennessey beaten.


Woodburn is already making a difference. The passing is slicker and more adventurous.


Ramsey with the cross, but Williams' header is easily saved. Better from Wales again.


Cometh the hour, cometh the boy. Coleman again turns to Ben Woodburn, as he replaces Lawrence.


Robson-Kanu then concedes a free-kick for a flailing arm and earns himself a yellow card.


CHANCE! Best of the lot for Wales. Fantastic first touch from Robson-Kanu, as he brilliantly lets the ball run, takes it past the defender, but fires wide from a good position. Great play, until the finish.


Cross from Robson-Kanu to the back post finds Ramsey, but the Arsenal man cannot get enough purchase on the ball to direct it goalwards.


All Wales now as Ramsey is denied at the last. Corner comes in, but is punched clear.


Another effort from distance from Lawrence this time, but again it is not on target and flies over the top.


Well worked by Wales, with Ramsey laying the ball off for Bale, but the strike is straight at Cebanu.


Better from Wales. All the possession with the visitors. Allen getting further forward to try and influence the game.


Back under way. Can Wales snatch that victory they so desperately need?


HT: Moldova 0-0 Wales. Not easy for the visitors to make any inroads here in Chisinau. Ramsey's woeful effort at the end of the half sums up their 45 minutes. The hosts have looked a real threat from set pieces too. Much work to do.


Another yellow card as Alexandru Dedov drags Bale to the ground. One minute of added time here...


First Wales yellow card for Andy King for a reckless challenge on Pascenco.


Ramsey aimlessly lumps a ball into the box, to nobody. Much improvement is needed.


Moldova come again as King needlessly gives way a corner. Pascenco again with the delivery.


Bales lines up a free-kick from distance, but gets underneath it and the ball flies high, wide and not so handsome.


Great cross into the middle from Pascenco, but Williams is up highest to head clear.


Important challenge from James Chester as Ionita looked to break.


Big boys not firing...


Wales have had the ball for a few minutes now, but still they cannot find that killer pass.


Better possession for Wales, as they try to find a way through. Very patient football.


CLOSE! Great effort from Ben Davies as he attacks the bouncing ball before lashing a volley just wide from 20-yards.


Wales are simply struggling to find space. Moldova are making it very difficult. Plenty of time left, so no need to panic just yet.


Fizzing, instinctive effort from Bale on the edge of the box, but the half-volley is always going wide.


Wales still toiling here. Moldova have had a few free-kicks in dangerous areas. Coleman will be hoping they don't make one count.


Free-kick from Moldova causes problems, but the referee penalises Alexandru Pascenco for a foul.


Six men forward for Moldova as they break. They are not here to make up the numbers.


Robson-Kanu's effort from the edge of the box is saved, but the linesman's flag was up either way.


All Wales now. They have seized the initiative and really are causing problems.


CHANCES! How have Wales not scored there? Bale's tame effort straight at the 'keeper is spilled, Aaron Ramsey is on hand to sweep home the rebound, but Cebanu brilliantly recovers to block, before Epureanu blocks Robson-Kanu's effort on the line. Incredible defensive effort, but it really should be 1-0.


Moldova really starting to take the attack to Wales. This is not going to be easy.


Ramsey with the corner, but it is headed clear once more. Still very little threat from Wales.


Spain showing Wales how to deal with minnows...


Another shot from range for Moldova as Artur Ionita cuts inside twice before lashing an effort over the top.


Alexandru Epureanu announces himself on the game by flying into a challenge on Gareth Bale, which earns the Moldovan captain a yellow card.


Reasonably slow pace to the game at the moment. Wales really struggling to get on the ball.


CLOSE! Robson-Kanu glances a header at goal from a corner, Moldova goalkeeper Ilie Cebanu scrambles across, but the ball rolls just wide.


Four Wales players on the cusp of a ban tonight. They mustn't get over excited.


Ashley Williams looks long and direct, but that is never going to find the run of Bale and it is headed clear.


4-4-2 for Wales, with Bale up front with Hal Robson-Kanu. Scrappy so far.


The Polish match official gets the game under way here in Chisinau. Wales must win, with goal difference in need of some TLC.


We are minutes away!


However, Wales have lost just one of their last 19 qualifying matches (W9 D9) for either the European Championships or World Cup since losing 3-0 to Serbia in September 2013. Moldova haven’t won a home international match since October 2013, when they beat San Marino; they have drawn four and lost 10 since that win. 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.


This is not a foregone conclusion this evening. Wales are winless in six away games (D3 L3), their worst run since August 2002 under Mark Hughes (a run of seven).


HEAD-TO-HEAD: This will be the fourth ever meeting between these two sides. Wales have won the last two, after losing their first game against them back in 1994 (2-3). No Welshmen has scored more goals against Moldova than Gareth Bale (2 – level with Gary Speed.) Wales lost their only previous fixture in Moldova 3-2 in October 1994.


Men on a mission...


ALLEN ALERT! Huge boost for Wales as Joe Allen returns to the heart of the Wales midfield. Andy King also comes into the midfield, with Dave Edwards and Jazz Richards on the bench. Hal Robson-Kanu is handed a starting berth, replacing Sam Vokes.

Wales' Joe Allen is among the 40 nominations for UEFA's Team of the Year poll

TEAM NEWS - WALES: Hennessey, Gunter, Chester, Williams, B. Davies, Allen, King, Bale, Ramsey, Lawrence, Robson-Kanu... Subs: Davies, Ward, Taylor, Ampadu, Lockyer, Richards, Evans, Edwards, Ledley, Woodburn, Vokes, Watkins. /// MOLDOVA: Cebanu, Posmac, Epureanu, Bordian, Rozgoniuc, Graur, Ionita, Dedov, Anton, Pascenco, Ginsari. Subs: Pascenco, Namasco, Armas, Carp, Cociuc, Cebotaru, Cojocari, Ivanov, Antoniuc, Platica, Ambros, Bugaiov.


The teams are in...


Hello and welcome to our LIVE text commentary of Wales' crucial World Cup Qualifier in Moldova. All looked lost ahead of the midweek clash with Austria for Wales. Chris Coleman's men had picked up too many draws to trail Republic of Ireland in second by four points, but a vital win over Austria in Cardiff, coupled with the Republic's disappointing draw in Georgia, blew Group D wide open. Win tonight in Chisinau, and the pressure will be firmly piled on the Boys in Green, who take on group leaders Serbia in Dublin. Wales' goal difference could do with a boost, too. I'm Pete Hall, and I will be bringing you the action, as it happens, live!