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STUN­NING DE­BUT STRIKE FOR WOOD­BURN, 17, KEEPS WALES’ WORLD CUP HOPES ALIVE

Wales On Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

TEENAGE wonderkid Ben Wood­burn made a sen­sa­tional im­pact to keep Wales’ World Cup qual­i­fy­ing hopes alive last night.

The 17-year-old Liver­pool star­let came off the bench to make his Wales de­but and within five min­utes had found the back of the net with his first touch.

Wood­burn’s right-foot bullet in the 74th minute proved enough to give Wales vic­tory over an Aus­trian side whose own qual­i­fi­ca­tion hopes now ap­pear to be all but over.

But for Chris Cole­man’s men, they will head into Tues­day’s game in Moldova hav­ing closed the gap on sec­ond-placed Repub­lic of Ireland to two points.

Group D lead­ers Ser­bia de­feated Moldova 3-0 yes­ter­day but the Ir­ish dropped cru­cial points in a 1-1 draw in Ge­or­gia to open the door for Wales.

Full re­port: Sport on Sunday

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