Wales remain on course to qualify for their first World Cup since 1958, after snatching a last minute 2-0 victory against Moldova in Chisinau on Tuesday night.
It had been a frustrating start for Chris Coleman’s men as they struggled to break down the home defence, wasting every opportunity they had during the first half. West Bromwich Albion striker Hal Robson-Kanu, Real Madrid’s Gareth Bates and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey’s all spurned chances to break the deadlock.
Wales dominated the opening exchanges of the second half but aware of problems in the midfield, the Wales manager brought on Liverpool FC teenager Ben Woodburn in the 61st minute. The super-sub who scored the winner against Austria on Saturday didn’t disappoint and his following assist in the 80th minute allowed Robson-Kanu to put Wales ahead.
Ramsey put the icing on the cake in extra time as he collected a pass at the top of the box and hit home on the volley, taking a deflection off the legs of Epureanu before nestling in the back of the net.
After the match Coleman admitted things had got scary as time ran out and a win was crucial if chances of qualification were to stay on course.
“I would rather say that was scary, but we got three points. Once we got the first one I felt we’d win it. They could have scored at other end but it didn’t matter.
“ It’s all about the wins at the moment, rather than saying we were brilliant, but we did not score. We’ve been here before and that experience will stand us in good stead. We can only do what we can do, take care of business.”
With group rivals Republic of Ireland slumping to a 1-0 defeat at home to Serbia, the three points moved Wales to second place and one above Ireland in Group D.