Just as the nerves were beginning to set in, Ben Woodburn produced once again for Wales as he provided the cross that Hal Robson-Kanu turned into the net to break the deadlock. Aaron Ramsey added a second in added time as Chris Coleman’s team move into second position in Group D.
Moldova 0-2 Wales
2018 FIFA World Cup - European Qualifiers
There was a sense of expectation as Wales visited the Stadionul Zimbru in Chisinau where a sell-out crowd was hoping to see an upset.
Wales were comfortable throughout the match and never looked likely to lose the encounter but having been unable to find a breakthough in the first 45 minutes, doubt spread throughout the away support that they could break the deadlock.
Once again Coleman called upon the 17-year-old Woodburn to use his talent to change the game - as he had done against Austria - and his positivity was of paramount importance to the win when he replaced Tom Lawrence on 61 minutes.
Woodburn was confident and coupled with a much better second-half performance throughout the team, the stalemate was broken.
The young Liverpool attacker sent a lovely cross into the box where he found Robson-Kanu, who headed the ball past Moldovan goalkeeper Illie Cebanu.
Moldova had several chances throughout the match but arguably their best came in the second minute of added time when Vitale Bordian drew a fantastic save from Wayne Hennessey to protect the Welsh lead.
All nerves were banished in the third minute of added time when Ramsey’s driven shot took a heavy deflection to give Wales a 2-0 lead and move above the Republic of Ireland in Group D following their 1-0 home defeat to Serbia in Dublin.
Wales go to Georgia next month (6 October) before the Irish visit Cardiff on 9 October.
MOLDOVA: Cebanu, Graur (Bugaev), Posmac, Epureanu (C), Ionita (Ambros), Dedov, Ginsari, Bordian, Anton, Pascenco (Cojocari), Rozgoniuc.
WALES: Hennessey, Gunter, B Davies, Chester, A Williams (C), Allen, King (Vokes 67’), Robson-Kanu (Edwards 88’), Ramsey, Bale, Lawrence.