Wales won their opening game in their World Cup qualifying campaign against Moldova. It was a game they were expected to win, with Moldova at home being seen as the easiest of their fixtures. However, it was still a tough test as while Moldova don’t win many games, it’s rare for them to get beaten by a large margin.
For the first half hour, Wales seemed to struggle to apply consistent pressure and complete passes successfully, especially in the final third. The game changed in the final seven minutes of the first half as a Gareth Bale cross from the right was met by Sam Vokes to open the scoring with a header. With a minute to go until half time, Joe Allen doubled the lead with a shot from the edge of the area. Wales were gifted a third five minutes into the second half when a Moldovan defender passed directly to Bale, who ran into the area and coolly finished past the goalkeeper. Wales were more fluent in the second half and had Moldova under pressure for much of the time. The fourth was added in stoppage time when Bale was fouled in the area and stepped up to score a penalty and take himself within 4 goals of the Welsh goalscoring record.