Reds Attacker Ben Woodburn Bags a Worldie as Wales Down Austria

Reds Attacker Ben Woodburn Bags a Worldie as Wales Down Austria

Javier Howell
September 4, 2017

Wales' 1-0 victory moved them to within two points of the Republic of Ireland - who drew 1-1 at Georgia earlier in the day - in second place in Group D.

Woodburn was born in Chester, northwest England but qualifies for Wales through his maternal grandfather.

"I've been working with Ben since he was 14 years old and he has an incredible attitude, he keeps his feet on the ground", the Liverpool legend told the BBC.

"I never thought it was going to go any other way".

"His all-round composure was fantastic, I'm delighted for him".

"He has taken his chance but he has to be patient again because things don't happen overnight and he must realise he probably won't start on Tuesday (against Moldova) but if he comes on he will do a job".

"I thought it was an excellent goal-he is a confident player-but it wasn't like a striker's goal it was more like a Steven Gerrard goal".

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In only his first global start, the 17-year-old unleashed a thunderbolt from 25 yards to give Wales a crucial victory as they seek to qualify for their first World Cup since 1958.

Coleman also had some encouraging words for the Liverpool starlet, but stopped short of praising the teenager too much.

"I know there was talk of Ben playing for England but that was outside our little group and we can't control that", said Wales boss Coleman.

Aaron Ramsey spurned two good chances in the first half before his powerful half-volley was blocked from 12 yards out at the start of the second half.

"The ball just came out of the air and I just tried to shoot it as quickly as I could", Woodburn told Sky Sports, after becoming Wales' second-youngest goalscorer in history at 17 years and 322 days, behind only Bale.

"I know how tough the industry is".

Serbia's comprehensive 3-0 win over Moldova in Belgrade mean that they remain top on 15 points with three games left.