Cardiff City Stadium
World Cup Qualification UEFA • Group D
  • 2nd Half
  • Wales
  • Austria
  • Baumgartlinger
  • HarnikJanko
  • SabitzerGregoritsch
  • Woodburn
  • VokesRobson-Kanu
  • LawrenceWoodburn
  • 1/2 Time
  • Wales
  • Austria
  • RichardsKing
  • 1st Half
  • Wales
  • Austria
  • PrödlDanso
  • Chester
  • Prödl

Wales - Austria
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 2 September 2017

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FT: Wales 1-0 Austria. It is indeed. Wales win thanks to Woodburn's moment of individual brilliance, and credit to Coleman for how his changes - both at half-time and in introducing Woodburn - changed the game.


Close again for Wales! This time Robson-Kanu hits the post, but surely that's that.


How are Wales not 2-0 up? First Robson-Kanu wastes a great one-on-one openeing by firing over from range, then Bale produces a great save with an overhead kick. Austria don't look like getting back into this.


Hennessey comes for a cross, flaps at it, and wins himself a soft free-kick.


Since the goal it's been pretty much all Wales, with Woodburn looking lively down the right.


Bale looks to get on the end of a long ball from Hennessey and, unable to do so, goes to ground after colliding with Lainer but the referee isn't interested.

  • Julian Baumgartlinger
    Yellow cardJulian BaumgartlingerAustriaBaumgartlinger booked to add to Austria's frustrations.

Baumgartlinger booked to add to Austria's frustrations.

  • Marc Janko
    OffMartin HarnikAustriaJanko comes on for an unhappy Harnik.
  • Marc Janko
    OnMarc JankoAustria

Janko comes on for an unhappy Harnik.


What a block! Alaba finds Arnautovic who cuts inside to shoot from close range but can't beat Williams, who brilliantly heads behind.


Wales are on the offensive straight away, and it takes a smart punch from Lindner to prevent Bale having a free header at the back post.


What a goal! What a moment! Ben Woodburn picks up the ball, 25 yards out, and lashes a fierce shot into the bottom corner. What a moment for the 17-year-old!

  • Hal Robson-Kanu
    OffSam VokesWalesAnd Robson-Kanu is on too, with Vokes making way.
  • Hal Robson-Kanu
    OnHal Robson-KanuWales

And Robson-Kanu is on too, with Vokes making way.

  • Ben Woodburn
    OffTom LawrenceWalesDouble swap for Wales. First Lawrence off for Woodburn, who is making his debut at 17.
  • Ben Woodburn
    OnBen WoodburnWales

Double swap for Wales. First Lawrence off for Woodburn, who is making his debut at 17.


Bale is at it again, this time making a last-ditch tackle to deny Harnik as he was about to pull the trigger 12 yards out. He may not have done much in an attacking capacity so far, but he's put a shift in.


There nearly is now! Ramsey runs at the Austrian defence and with them backing off decides to shoot. The ball looks to be creeping in the far corner until it's tipped wide by Lindner, although just a goal kick is given much to the chagrin of the home fans.


Coleman's change has certainly worked so far, but still nothing to show for it.


Williams shoulder-barges Sabitzer off the ball and is fortunate that the referee appears to have missed it. That was naughty.


Ramsey shoots well over, on the turn 20 yards out.


Some good comedy as Hinteregger's bobbling cross nutmegs thee Welsh defenders but there's nobody in a white shirt on hand to take advantage.


Austria break from the resultant corner and it's Bale who gets back to put a vital deflection on the ball and stop the move.


Wales good start to the half continues as Bale has a go from range and produces a smart save from Lindner. That was a great strike.


Many would call it streetwise.


Cynical foul from Lainer on Ramsey, midway inside the Austria half, but no booking.


Bale decides not to shoot from a long-range free-kick and that proves to be a good decision as his cross finds Willims who in turn heads into Ramsey's path and the Arsenal man smashed the ball goalwards, only for it to be blocked. Promising start to the half from the home side.


Wales look to have switched to a 4-2-3-1, with Bale now on the right.


Bales hurls a long throw into the Austrian box but no Welshman can get on the end of it.

  • 2nd Half

And we're back underway.

  • Andy King
    OffJazz RichardsWalesWales are making a change at the break, with King on for Richards. Presumably that means they're now playing a back four.
  • Andy King
    OnAndy KingWales

Wales are making a change at the break, with King on for Richards. Presumably that means they're now playing a back four.

  • End of 1st Half

Ramsey sends a free-kick straight into Lindner's arms and that brings the first half to a close.


Two added minutes.


Almost an open goal for Wales as Lindner puts Danso under unecessary pressure with a loose pass and is nowhere near his goal, but the youngster does just enough to prevent Lawrence or Ramsey getting to the ball.


Another let off for Wales as Sabitzer shoots wide from the right having been set up by a perfectly-weighted Alaba pass. He was inside the box and really should've hit the target.


A nice Austrian move down the left, with Alaba and Arnautovic involved again, creates an opening for Sabitzer just inside the box and he becomes the first player from either side to have a shot on target. Hennessey is equal to it though.


A knockdown drops invitingly for Lawrence who, 25 yards from goal, catches it sweetly. However he cuts across the ball a tad too much and the ball fizzes narrowly wide.


Gunter undercooks a backpass, causing Hennessey to take out a sand wedge to clear the onrushing Austrian striker. Wales don't need to be creating problems for themselves.


What a chance! Arnautovic plays a one-two but Baumgartlinger, whose return ball is sublime and finds the West Ham man 10 yards from goal, but he shoots over. A lovely move and that really should be 0-1.


A ricochet falls perfectly for Ramsey to go through one-on-one but the referee correctly calls play back for a foul on Danso. Ramsey hit the bar anyway.


Certainly the two standout players thus far.

  • Kevin Danso
    OffSebastian PrödlAustriaProdl injured himself when picking up that booking a few moments ago and he has to go off, so on comes 18-year-old Danso for his international debut. Quite the time for it.
  • Kevin Danso
    OnKevin DansoAustria

Prodl injured himself when picking up that booking a few moments ago and he has to go off, so on comes 18-year-old Danso for his international debut. Quite the time for it.


Big chance for Wales as Bale puts Davies through on goal with an outrageous backheel, but the fullback looks as though he couldn't quite believe what he'd seen and takes a heavy first touch that runs through to the goalkeeper.

  • James Chester
    Yellow cardJames ChesterWalesChester also booked for dragging Arnautovic to the ground earlier in the passage of play.

Chester also booked for dragging Arnautovic to the ground earlier in the passage of play.

  • Sebastian Prödl
    Yellow cardSebastian PrödlAustriaProdl goes into the book after arriving a little late to a 50-50 with Vokes.

Prodl goes into the book after arriving a little late to a 50-50 with Vokes.


Ilsanker becomes Il-shanker as drags a shot horribly wide from 30 yards.


Hennessey needless comes off his line to challenge Arnautovic down the Austrian left and ends up outside his area without the ball. Luckily for him Chester is on hand to block the cross.


Who can resist the lady in red?


Arnautovic is at it again, first coming inches away from teeing up Alaba 12 yards out and then fizzing a wicked cross through the six yard box which is deflected behind.


Lawrence is okay and play is back underway.


A delay now as Lawrence is down injured. It's been a lively start and, unsurprisingly, as soon as Arnautovic started getting on the ball Austria looked markedly more dangerous.


Some delightful Arnautovic trickery gets him past Chester and to the byline, but Sabitzer is unable to do anything of consequence with his cross and eventually gets penalised for handball.


Austria's first chance falls to Harnik, who heads an Alaba corner wide from about 10 yards out although he did have to contort his body to get there.


Ramsey gets on the end of a downward chest from Vokes and dribbles into the box before shooting over. Good start from Wales, this.


A lovely touch from Ramsey gives Lawrence an opportunity to run at the Austrian defence, but he chooses instead to try and find Bale and his pass is easily intercepted.


Lainer gives away a free-kick down Wales' left, which Ramsey takes, but it's cleared from within the Austria penalty area.


The stadium comes alive as Bale picks up the ball midway inside Austria's half and runs at their defence, but he then scuffs a right-footed shot wide.


An early stoppage as the referee comes across to ask the fourth official to fix his headset battery pack.

  • 1st Half

Austria get the game underway. They're wearing white shirts and socks with black socks, while Wales are in red shirts, white shorts and red socks.


And as usual the Welsh national anthem is belted out by most of those in the stadium. Almost go time.


Some particularly tone deaf singing from Prodl as the Austrian national anthem is played out.


As the players make their way from the tunnel onto the pitch at the Cardiff City Stadium, here's a reminder of the teams.

WALES: Hennessey, Gunter, Williams, Chester, Davies, Richards, Lawrence, Ramsey, Edwards, Bale, Vokes.

AUSTRIA: Lindner; Lainer, Dragovic, Prodl, Hinteregger, Ilsanker, Baumgartlinger, Alaba, Arnautovic, Harnik, Sabitzer.


However, they are unbeaten in the last two meetings and drew 2-2 in Austria back in October of last year. That was a cracker, with Austria twice coming from behind and Marko Arnautovic scoring both of those goals.

Autria's Marko Arnautovic scores against Wales

In nine previous meetings, Wales have only twice beaten Austria and lost five times.


A nice moment from midweek.


Both teams start this match on eight points - five behind second-placed Ireland and seven off group leaders Serbia - but with a game in hand. With only nine points to play for after tonight, a defeat for either team here could well prove terminal. Ireland's draw earlier today in Georgia means second place and a play-off spot is very much attainable though, even if Serbia look too far ahead at this stage.


The big news as far as Wales are concerned is that Tom Lawrence comes into the side to make his first competitive start for the senior team. Gareth Bale is back in the team, obviously, with his suspension over, while Joe Allen and Neil Taylor are both suspended, hence their absences.


And this is how Austria will line up.


Here's the Wales XI, plus subs.


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