Tom Lawrence stunner earns Wales vital World Cup qualifying win in Georgia

It is not quite a case of all roads point to Russia for Wales, but the path to the World Cup finals tournament next summer has certainly become a little clearer. A third successive qualification victory, courtesy of Tom Lawrence’s first goal for his country, means that another win against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff on Monday night will all but guarantee a place in the World Cup play‑offs next month.

That will be easier said than done, yet all that matters for now is that Chris Coleman and his players have emerged from another awkward fixture with three points and proved in the process that they are capable of winning matches without Gareth Bale. This is the first time Wales have managed to do that in four years, which says much about the Real Madrid forward’s influence on a team that seems to have found momentum in this qualification campaign at just the right time.

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It is not quite a case of all roads point to Russia for Wales, but the path to the World Cup finals tournament next summer has certainly become a little clearer. A third successive qualification victory, courtesy of Tom Lawrence’s first goal for his country, means that another win against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff on Monday night will all but guarantee a place in the World Cup play‑offs next month.That will be easier said than done, yet all that matters for now is that Chris Coleman and his players have emerged from another awkward fixture with three points and proved in the process that they are capable of winning matches without Gareth Bale. This is the first time Wales have managed to do that in four years, which says much about the Real Madrid forward’s influence on a team that seems to have found momentum in this qualification campaign at just the right time. Continue reading…

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/06/tom-lawrence-winner-wales-georgia-world-cup-report

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