Woodburn produces magic in late rescue act for Wales

I have a small goal now and it is to win- Moldova boss ahead of Wales clash

Liverpool's Woodburn, 17, starred in the wins over Austria and Moldova that put Wales back in World Cup qualifying contention.

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has revealed he spoke to promising Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn and helped in convincing him to play for Wales at global level instead of England.

The Liverpool youngster, who scored on his global debut last Saturday to beat Austria, this time crossed for Hal Robson-Kanu to head Wales in front before Aaron Ramsey's deflected strike in injury time sealed a 2-0 win.

The Euro 96 qualifier took place in October 1994 - just three years after the country gained independence and five years before Woodburn was even born.

"I look forward to what involvement he is going to have for Wales in the future".

"I remember meeting him".

"We thought there could be a late goal. He's Welsh anyway so he's ours".

The two wins have injected a new sense of positivity amongst the squad and the public, knowing that their fate is in their own hands, something that Coleman would likely have taken at the start of the qualifying group, and probably would have bit your hand off had it been offered in June!

But he could have opted for England until he made a senior competitive worldwide appearance.

Woodburn became the second-youngest player to score for Wales when he found the bottom corner from 22 yards after 74 minutes at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The 17-year-old attacker had been courted by England at youth level before confirming his commitment to Chris Coleman's Wales - the birthplace of his maternal grandfather.

At his age Bale might have to make the most of this chance to reach a World Cup finals. We're delighted to have him. So we don't want to put pressure on shoulders. "It's been good fun".

Moldova's 4-0 defeat to Wales last September is their biggest losing margin of the campaign but they were proving to be far from pushovers on home turf, testing Wayne Hennessey on occasion as the deadlock ticked past half an hour.

"We had an ice bath. quiet night".

"We've got to do it the hard way now - three points against Moldova and go to Wales and have to win, and that's what we plan to do".

"We've been here before and that experience will stand us in good stead".

If they began with the fervour and passion of a team determined to hit the ground running then they were soon pegged back by Austria's ability to control possession and dictate the game.

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