Gareth Bale: Ben Woodburn Makes Me Feel Old

by Fredrick Graves September 7, 2017, 1:31
Gareth Bale: Ben Woodburn Makes Me Feel Old

Those with a keen eye may have noticed that Wales did not line up for a traditional pre-match team photo ahead of their 2-0 World Cup qualifier win against Moldova on Tuesday night.

With Group D leaders Serbia taking on second-placed Ireland in Dublin at the same time, if third-placed Wales can secure another victory tonight they will be in a flawless position to secure one of the top two spots with two games left to play.

The 1-0 victory for Wales over Austria on Saturday was a crucial one for their qualification hopes, on a night when the Republic of Ireland dropped points away in Georgia.

Though Moldova were stubborn in defence, Wales did not lack chances.

The singing of the Welsh national anthem during the game began in that incredible 1-0 win against Belgium two years ago, a way to motivate and raise the flagging spirits of the players, and as it echoed around the stadium the ball fell to the feet of 17-year-old Woodburn.

Once again, it was Liverpool starlet Ben Woodburn who would make the difference from the bench, this time setting up fellow sub Hal Robson-Kanu after a superb run and cross on 80 minutes.

"I do congratulate Ireland on their fighting spirit and I hope they are going to progress further because they will fight with Wales for the next spot in the table".

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In the caption, he wrote, " 20 years ago today , the world lost an angel". There was no blood on her at all", he told the newspaper. And the memory of that night will stay with me forever.

Coleman's faith in the boldness of Woodburn's youth paid dividends, and if Austria fancied their chances of pegging Wales back, then they were given short shrift by the team's defensive effort.

And, while there are more than 800 miles between Chisinau and Moscow, Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and new hero Woodburn can take another huge step towards Russian Federation in the Moldovan capital tonight. And I'm sure if he does we'll all let him know!

Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates after giving Wales the lead in Moldova. We know it is not going to be flawless football every game, but Austria showed they are a good team.

The teenager struck a stunning victor in Wales' 1-0 defeat of Austria before helping overcome a stubborn Moldova, supplying the cross for Hal Robson-Kanu to break the deadlock in a 2-0 victory.

He's a typical winger, likes to take on a player, likes to shoot, likes to cross.

Woodburn has certainly shown a lot of promised and has been touted as a possible superstar for the future.

The winners of each of the nine groups in the European section will automatically qualify for the World Cup, and the eight best runners-up will secure a play-off spot.


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