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Wales go second after leaving it late in Moldova

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Hal Robson-Kanu

Wales left it late to beat lowly Moldova as goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Aaron Ramsey gave them a second win in four days to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Despite a gulf of 141 places between the two in the Fifa world rankings, the game was goalless at half-time thanks to a combination of stubborn Moldovan defending and a dearth of quality in the Welsh attack.

Just as their desperate search for a winning goal seemed destined for crushing disappointment, the visitors were again left to cherish the impact of Ben Woodburn – their match-winner against Austria on Saturday – as the 17-year-old’s superb run and cross set up Robson-Kanu’s diving header.