The Euro 2016 semi-finalists initially faced spirited Moldovan resistance but led 2-0 at halftime thanks to goals from Sam Vokes and Joe Allen. Wales started their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in confident fashion as they convincingly beat Moldova.

Wales’ win puts them top of Group D on goal difference ahead of Austria. Gareth Bale seized on a woeful pass for the third, then netted a last-minute penalty for his second of the night. As the group’s top seeds, Coleman’s side had been expected to make light work of Moldova, who are ranked 154 places below them in the world rankings.

Chris Coleman’s men travel to Vienna for their next World Cup qualifier on Thursday, 6 October. After a cagey first half hour they eventually did so with a flourish, becoming the first team to score three or more goals against the eastern European minnows since England’s 4-0 victory in 2013.

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