Woodburn cracker seals Wales win

Wales gave their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup a boost when they beat Austria 1-0 in Saturday's Group D clash at the Cardiff City Stadium in the Welsh capital, courtesy of a Ben Woodburn cracker.

  • Wales 1 Austria 0
  • Arnautovic threatens
  • Sabitzer misses a good chance
  • Woodburn slams home a beauty
  • Robson-Kanu hits the post

Match summary

It was a tight first stanza though Marcel Sabitzer may rue missing a very good chance. Wales threatened little in terms of clear cut opportunities.

In the second period, it remained the same although substitute Ben Woodborn proved to be the hero as he lashed home a brilliant strike from 30 yards. At the end, Hal Robson-Kanu also hit the post.

Full report

It was a cagey opening 20 minutes though the visitors did threaten through Marko Arnautovic, when he sent a sizzling cross across the small box which the home team managed to scramble clear.

The Austrians dominated the ball for much of the first period although the Welsh thought they'd come close to scoring when Aaron Ramsey's chip hit the bar, though it wouldn't have counted as Sam Vokes was blown up for a foul in the build-up.

Moments later Arnautovic found space on the edge of the box but his curling effort went over the goal. Just before the break, Marcel Sabitzer missed a glorious chance after being set clear by David Alaba, yet he put his effort wide of the post.

After the break, it remained tight although the Cardiff Stadium would roar their approval in the 74th minute when Ben Woodburn picked up a poor clearance from Austria's defence, and sent a stunning strike from 30 yards into the back of the net.

The visitors struggled to create clear openings and in fact it was Wales who would nearly score again when Hal Robson-Kanu saw a strike come back off the post deep into injury time. The result sees Chris Coleman's men keep up their pursuit of Republic of Ireland and Serbia for a World Cup spot.

 

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