Woodburn stunner gives Wales hope

03 September 2017 03:10:05 EST

Ben Woodburn's excellent long-range strike kept Wales' World Cup qualification hopes alive as they beat Austria 1-0 on Saturday.

Liverpool youngster Woodburn was only five minutes in to his international debut after coming on as a 69th minute substitute when he brought the ball down on the edge of the box and fired a low effort in to the bottom corner to send the Cardiff City Stadium in to euphoria.

The 17-year-old's goal was enough to see Wales edge to a much-needed victory, keeping their hopes of automatic qualification alive.

After five consecutive draws before the visit of the Austrians, head coach Chris Coleman admitted his team needed to win all four of their remaining matches if they were to have a chance of reaching Russia next summer.

Saturday's narrow win sees them move to within two points of the Republic of Ireland in second, while they trail group leaders Serbia by four points.

With the top two in Group D facing off in Dublin on Tuesday, Wales could make up further ground when they travel to Moldova for their next qualifier.

The Welsh are 2/9 to win that clash, while Moldova, who have two points from seven games, are 18/1 and the draw is 11/2.

Coleman says the test for his team now is to build on their dramatic win over Austria, admitting Woodburn's effort has given the squad renewed hope of qualification.

"It was as poor as we have been for some time but it was still 0-0," Coleman told Sky Sports.

"20-25 minutes to go, still 0-0, but we have a strong bench - it is a great game for young Ben Woodburn to make his debut because they don't come much tougher than that, with that much pressure.

"His all-round composure was fantastic, I'm delighted for him. He added real value to the rest of the guys.

"I was really pleased, more than anything of course, is the result. But the second 45 minutes is more like a performance from this Welsh team that we are used to seeing.

"We have to go to Moldova and perform again and bring back the goods. We will be okay if we do what we did in the second half."

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