Wales needed to dig deep to win 1-0 in Estonia with Kieffer Moore’s first-half aim sufficient for a scrappy three factors in World Cup Qualifying Group E.
Recent from their spectacular 2-2 draw within the Czech Republic, Moore gave Wales the lead on 11 minutes when turning residence from shut vary after Aaron Ramsey’s header was cleared.
The second aim although didn’t come for Robert Web page’s males, who dropped deeper within the second half and allowed Estonia loads of territory. Nonetheless, goalkeeper Danny Ward, who made a obtrusive error in Prague, stood robust within the Wales aim, making three saves from Estonia’s 10 makes an attempt.
The draw leaves Wales and the Czech Republic locked on 11 factors behind runaway group leaders Belgium – and the Dragons nonetheless have a recreation in hand on their rivals with residence fixtures in Cardiff towards Belarus and Belgium to return in November.
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Robert Web page had declared Wales would assault from the begin to keep away from a repeat of September’s Cardiff stalemate when Arsenal teenager Karl Hein proved unbeatable within the Estonia aim.
Estonia weren’t simply right here to defend on this recreation although they usually examined Ward inside 40 seconds when Taijo Teniste fired in a stinging effort.
Estonia’s heavy-handed strategy noticed Harry Wilson clattered twice within the opening exchanges and the Fulham ahead curled a free-kick excessive.
Wales did not have to attend lengthy to open the scoring although as Moore’s seventh worldwide aim gave them the lead.
Sergei Zenjov’s goal-line clearance denied Ramsey after some pinball within the Estonia field however Moore was available to prod the ball residence from a yard out.
However identical to of their draw with Czech Republic, Wales switched off after taking a lead.
Wilson performed a sq. move throughout the face of his personal aim and Zenjov’s effort was touched by Ward earlier than Joe Rodon accomplished the clearance on the road to guard Wales’ benefit.
Wales had one other large let-off 5 minutes into the second interval.
A perfectly delivered free-kick was met by the top of Erik Sorga simply six yards out however Ward was relieved to see the ball simply clear his crossbar.
Wales may need had a penalty when Moore was despatched sprawling by Marten Kuusk’s flailing arm. The proof appeared clear as Moore’s nostril was left bloodied, however play continued after a VAR evaluation with a free-kick truly awarded to Estonia.
Moore was substituted with 20 minutes to go as Wales sunk deeper to guard their lead.
Wales have been removed from snug on the again and Ward produced an impressive fingertip save to stop substitute Vlasiy Sinyavskiy from equalising.
Web page: We needed to dig trench second half
Wales supervisor Robert Web page mentioned: “It has been an amazing camp for us. We’re nonetheless a younger group so I assumed the efficiency we gave within the Czech Republic was excellent. They’re studying from these experiences. We knew we weren’t going to dominate and we knew it was going to be an unpleasant recreation. We matched that at the beginning after which we knew with the gamers we had on the pitch we might trigger them issues.
“I used to be a bit of bit pissed off within the first half as we stored the ball properly however then induced our personal issues at instances, giving the ball away too cheaply. Within the second half, we needed to dig a trench and defend resolutely. Fortunately, we did that.”
What the pundit mentioned
Former Wales defender Danny Gabbidon advised Sky Sports activities:
“It is job achieved for Wales and it was a vital win. Robert Web page and the boys would’ve appreciated to have scored extra targets however to get the three factors was a very powerful factor. They received off to an amazing begin with the early aim they usually managed the primary half with a great deal of possession.
“Credit score to Estonia within the second half as they actually got here at Wales however they confirmed nice resilience. Danny Ward needed to produce a few saves to hold onto the three factors. Estonia actually did throw every thing at them.”
- Wales are unbeaten of their 4 conferences with Estonia (W3 D1), solely having fun with larger 100% unbeaten data towards Azerbaijan (8), Israel and Luxembourg (6 every).
- Estonia have gained simply gained of their final 20 aggressive fixtures, shedding 14 and drawing 5.
- Wales are unbeaten in 4 video games away from residence (W2 D2), their longest run with no defeat on the street since October 2017 underneath Chris Coleman (5 video games in that run – W2 D3).
- Wales have solely misplaced twice of their final 18 World Cup qualifying matches (W8 D8), with these defeats coming towards Republic of Eire in October 2017 (0-1) and Belgium in March 2021 (1-3).
- Since his worldwide debut in September 2019, Kieffer Moore has scored seven targets for Wales, three greater than every other Welsh participant in that point.
- 5 of Kieffer Moore’s seven worldwide targets have come outdoors of Wales, with the Welsh unbeaten within the seven video games total Moore has scored in (W5 D2).
Wales host Belarus on Saturday November 13 (kick-off 7.45pm) earlier than ending their World Cup Qualifying marketing campaign at residence to Belgium three days later.
Estonia go to Belgium on Saturday November 13 earlier than dealing with Czech Republic in Prague.