Giggs hails ‘gritty’ Wales as Moore de­liv­ers again

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Wales opened their Na­tions League cam­paign with a win against fel­low Euro 2020 qual­i­fiers Fin­land in Helsinki. Ki­ef­fer Moore struck 10 min­utes from time – his third in­ter­na­tional goal in six games – as he latched on to Daniel James’s invit­ing cross and re­warded Wales’s su­pe­ri­or­ity at the Olympic Sta­dium.

The lack of pre-sea­son train­ing was ev­i­dent and Wales cap­tain Gareth Bale, mak­ing his first start since Fe­bru­ary, lasted only 45 min­utes be­fore be­ing with­drawn at half-time. But Wales called the tune for most of the night and de­served a third suc­ces­sive away win.

“I thought it was a re­ally gritty per­for­mance, not our usual flow­ing football, but credit to Fin­land, who made it dif­fi­cult for us,” Giggs said. “It is the kind of game we can learn from, but also take a lot of plusses be­cause we dug out the re­sult.

“With a clean sheet, you have al­ways got chances be­cause of the play­ers we have and they pro­duced again, DJ [James] and Ki­ef­fer.”

Wales started well and had the ball in the net in­side four min­utes. James sped down the left and cut back to de­liver a cross which Moore headed in, al­though ref­eree Daniel Siebert had spot­ted a tug on Leo Vaisa­nen. James then set up a Bale chance, which was kept out.

The sec­ond half started with­out Bale, and Fin­land should have

De­served: Ki­ef­fer Moore con­verts Daniel James’s cross to give Wales an open­ing win taken the lead when Vaisa­nen, from two yards out, hit a post.

Neco Wil­liams made his de­but on the hour mark, the Liver­pool full­back mak­ing an im­pact as Wales fin­ished strongly. They were re­warded when James crossed for Moore to seal the win.

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