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Cardiff City Stadium
World Cup Qualification UEFA • Group D
  • 2nd Half
  • Wales
  • Moldova
  • Bale (P)
    90'
  • DedovMihailov
    85'
  • WilliamsCollins
    82'
  • GinsariBugaiov
    75'
  • CebotaruSidorenco
    75'
  • VokesRobson-Kanu
    75'
  • LedleyHuws
    67'
  • Bale
    50'
  • 1st Half
  • Wales
  • Moldova
  • Allen
    44'
  • Vokes
    38'
  • Dedov
    11'
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Wales - Moldova
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 6 September 2016

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  • End of 2nd Half
90'+4 

And that is full-time, Wales win 4-0 over Moldova. Vokes and Allen with the goals in the first half, Bale with a brace in the second period to seal a convincing victory and get their World Cup qualifying campaign to an emphatic start.

  • Gareth Bale
    Goal by penaltyGareth BaleWalesGOAL! Bale strolls up and slots in the penalty to make it 4-0 and grab his second of the game.
90'+4 

GOAL! Bale strolls up and slots in the penalty to make it 4-0 and grab his second of the game.

90'+3 

PENALTY TO WALES! Bales is fouled in the box after a ball is whipped into the box, there looked to be minimal contact.

90'+2 

ROBSON-KANU CHANCE! The striker fires in a shot on the turn from inside the area which the keeper does well to save after a cross from Gunter.

90' 

There will be four added minutes.

88' 

It has been a procession for the home side in the second half, their defence has had an easy time of it.

86' 

Robson-Kanu has a chance to shoot 12 yards out but the ball strikes his heel and he cannot get a shot away.

84' 
82'

Skipper Williams makes way for Collins.

81' 

SO CLOSE! King has space 25 yards out and unleashes a ferocious drive which is inches away from nestling in the top corner.

79' 

With Ireland losing 2-1 to Serbia, this result has become even better for the Welsh with only the side which finishes first in the group qualifying for the World Cup automatically.

77' 

Armac blazes an effort from 30 yards over the bar, was worth a try with 13 minutes remaining.

75'

There is a huge cheer as Robson-Kanu is on for Vokes.

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71' 

Wales mount another attack, Allen heads the ball onto King whose shot from outside the area from a tight angle goes wide.

69' 

Huws' neaerly makes an instant impact, sending in a cross towards Vokes which is just too high for the striker.

  • Emyr Huws
    OffJoe LedleyWalesLedley is making way for Huws for Wales' first change of the night.
  • Emyr Huws
    OnEmyr HuwsWales
67' 

Ledley is making way for Huws for Wales' first change of the night.

65' 

A header is played into the Wales box, Williams does brilliantly to get in a challenge on Ionita. The last touch is off the Moldovan forward and its a goal kick.

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62' 

Cojocari is getting a stern talking to after a late challenge on Ledley.

60'

Vokes is getting treatment for a head injury after jumping for the ball in the box with Jardan.

58' 

Next on the agenda for the Dragons is Austria away followed by Georgia at home in October in Group D.

56' 

Ginsari just fails to get on the end of a through ball on the edge of the box, that was a good move from the visitors.

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52' 

Moldova have not had any answers going forward, their strength is their defensive solidity which was evident for the opening 39 minutes.

  • Gareth Bale
    GoalGareth BaleWalesGOAL! A woeful backpass from Jardan straight to Bale who runs in on goal and dinks the ball into the bottom corner. Easy as you like.
50' 

GOAL! A woeful backpass from Jardan straight to Bale who runs in on goal and dinks the ball into the bottom corner. Easy as you like.

49' 

Another brilliant tackle form King, he and Allen have bossed the centre of midfield with their workrate.

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46' 

No half-time substitutions for either side. Coleman's side can relax slightly after such a strong end to the first half.

  • 2nd Half
45'

Wales get the second period underway.

  • End of 1st Half
45'+3 

And that is half-time. After a frustrating start, goals from Vokes and Allen in the space of five minutes have given Wales a 2-0 lead over Moldova.

45'+2 

Ledley fires in a cross from the right, its just too high for Vokes. It falls to Taylor who blazes his effort over.

45' 

There will be three added minutes. Coleman can consider making changes at the break safe in the knowledge he has a two goal cushion.

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  • Joe Allen
    GoalJoe AllenWalesGOAL FOR WALES! The corner is clawed away by the keeper only to Allen who lashes in a first-time shot from inside the box to score.
44' 

GOAL FOR WALES! The corner is clawed away by the keeper only to Allen who lashes in a first-time shot from inside the box to score.

43' 

GOOD SAVE! Bale curls in a drive from around 25 yards towards the bottom corner that the keeper does well to parry behind for a corner.

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41' 

The vistors' plan A has been clear, nine behind behind the ball. What is their plan B now they have to score?

39' 

Bale took one touch before whipping in the ball on a plate for the Burnley forward, who headed the ball down and into the net despite the keeper getting a touch.

  • Sam Vokes
    GoalSam VokesWalesGOAL! Vokes makes the breakthrough, heading in a sublime Bale cross at the far post.
38' 

GOAL! Vokes makes the breakthrough, heading in a sublime Bale cross at the far post.

36' 

SO CLOSE! Great through ball from King to Gunter in the box, whose ball across goal is blocked by Armas for a corner. The set piece comes to nothing though.

34' 

Bale with an injection of pace bursts past two men on the right wing but over-runs the ball, a a bit of a missed opportunity there for a cross.

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30' 

Davies bursts forward but is flagged off-side. There is no sign of impatience yet from the Welsh but they need to show more composure in the final third.

28' 

Bale has gone down clutching his shin after a late challenge from Gatcan ten yards from the penalty. The Real Madrid man swings over the free-kick, it evades everyone and just misses the far post. A brilliant delivery.

27' 

The chance for Ledley has been Wales' best opportunity so far against a stubborn defence.

25' 

The home side's short passing has deserted them, they have become quite sloppy after a bright start.

23' 

Coleman's side have had 66 per cent possession so far as we pass the midway point of the half but have created few clear-cut chances.

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21'

Cebanu is getting treatment on his face from the physio after that collision with Vokes.

20' 

Vokes is penalised after jumping for the ball with the goalkeeper Cebanu after a deep cross i to the six yard box. Taylor side-footed his effort wide but it would not have counted anyway.

18' 

Brilliant slamon run from Taylor, he checks inside and aims a low ball towards an unmarked Bale on the penalty spot but the cross is blocked.

17' 

The home fans are furious after Jardan handles the ball on the edge of the box after a tussle with Vokes but the referee did not see it.

16' 

In the other game in this group, the Republic of Ireland lead 1-0 away to Serbia.

14' 

LEDLEY EFFORT! Gunter steams down the right and delivers a good ball, it falls to Ledley on the edge of the area who dummies and fires a shot straight at the keeper.

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11'

Dedov is booked for failing to go back ten yards after Wales are awarded a free-kick. Bale goes for goal with an ambitious effort, more than 35 yards out, and it goes high and wide.

9' 

FREE KICK TO MOLDOVA: Dedov is tripped by Allen around 35 yards from goal. Ginsari chips the ball into the box but Davies clears the danger - it was not a great delivery.

8' 

Wales have a free-kick near the corner flag down the left. Allen swings it into the far post, the keeper collects. Ledley went down under a challenge but no foul is given.

7' 

PENALTY SHOUT! Gunter has his shirt pulled and then goes over after a tangle but the referee waves play on. That would have been a soft penalty.

5' 

Cojocari tries his luck from long range, but he gets it all wrong and his strike is well wide after a decent spell of pressure.

3' 

Vokes with a flick-on near the box but the Moldovans clear the danger.

1' 

The visitors immediately camp inside their own half, plenty of men behind the ball, inviting the Welsh onto them and leaving Ginsari up front on his own.

  • 1st Half
19:49

Moldova, wearing yellow, get the game underway.

19:45 

There is a huge roar from an expectant home crowd as the Welsh national anthem finishes.

19:40 

Five minutes until kick-off in Cardiff..

19:35 
19:30 

The last time these sides met was in September 1995 when a Gary Speed header gave the Welsh a 1-0 win in the Euro 96 qualifier in Cardiff.

19:25 

The Moldovans have never qualified for a major tournament in 11 attempts. Wales are 11th in the Fifa world rankings, 154 places above Moldova.

19:20 

Coleman's side are top seeds in Group D in a group with Austria and Republic of Ireland. Earlier today, Austria beat Georgia 2-1.

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19:10 

Wales are without Aaron Ramsey and Jonathan Williams due to injury while Robson-Kanu is on the bench having not played a game this season after joining West Brom on transfer deadline day.

19:05 

Chris Coleman has called for his side to build on their success at Euro 2016 and qualify for a first World Cup since 1958. "What happened at the European Championships was way beyond mine or any of our dreams. If you are a manager at a club and things are going well, it's a great feeling because you've got the whole city behind you. If you're manager of your country and it's going well, you've got a whole nation behind you - a whole nation proud of you."

19:00 

WALES: Hennessey, Hunter, Taylor, Davies, Chester, A. Williams, Allen, King, Bale, Ledley, Vokes. /// MOLDOVA: Cebanu, Armas, Espureanu, Ionita, Gatcan, Cebotaru, Dedov, Ginsari,Cascaval,Cojocari, Jardan.

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18:50 

The game is 22 years since the Welsh lost 3-2 to Moldova in a qualifier for Euro 96 with the likes of Neville Southall and Ian Rush infamously staying in a cockroach-infested hotel.

18:45 

Hello and welcome to LIVE commentary of the World Cup qualifier between Moldova and Wales. It is the first game for Chris Coleman's side since their defeat to Portugal in the semi-final of Euro 2016 after a memorable campaign. Kick-off is at 19:45 GMT.