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Summary

  1. Robson-Kanu header, Ramsey from 18 yards
  2. FT: Republic of Ireland 0-1 Serbia
  3. Kolarov with left-foot strike, Maksimovic sent off
  4. Group D - Serbia 18 points, Wales 14 points, Republic 13 points
  5. Only group winner automatically qualifies - second could secure play-off place

Live Reporting

By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

That's all folks

A crushing night for Ireland but a great one for Wales. Even better for Serbia.

Group D's play-off spot is going down to the wire.

Here endeth our coverage of this international break.

We'll be back with the domestic stuff this weekend. Yay.

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Serbia

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill on Sky Sports: "We were terrific first half and really into it. We played little on- twos around the penalty area but couldn't get the elusive goal. At half-time I thought we could go on and win the game. Their goal came out of the blue and set us back but we came roaring back. We could have got the result. I am disappointed but I am proud of the team.

"It was a really tough game for them. We were tough, strong and also played. The important thing is that we are not out of it.

"It will be tough against Moldova but we must win the last two (they also play Wales). We have a chance. Even if we had drawn here tonight we would still probably have had to win the last two. We are capable of that."

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Serbia

Republic of Ireland's David Meyler: "We poured our heart and soul into the performance, we gave it everything, they probably had two good chances and with the second one they scored.

"Overall I think we deserved something from the game - probably three points."

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Serbia

This is quite a damning fact for the Republic of Ireland...

Martin O’Neill’s side have scored just two goals at home in 2018 World Cup qualifying; only Faroe Islands (1) and Latvia, San Marino and Liechtenstein (all zero) have scored fewer amongst European nations.

A bad night

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Serbia

It has been miserable night for the Republic of Ireland, who lost their first competitive home game under Martin O’Neill, ending a run of nine games without defeat at the Aviva Stadium.

This is also the first defeat they have suffered in competitive action at the Aviva Stadium since September 2013 (v Sweden), under Giovanni Trapattoni.

Serbia have proved a particular thorn in their side. The Republic have not beaten them in five games, with both defeats in that run coming on home soil.

Crushing.

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JavelBleach: Tbh, without #Woodburn, Wales would be 4 points worse off. Just good as a sub? I expect him to start in Georgia on 6 Oct.

Moldova 0-2 Wales

More from Wales boss Chris Coleman on Sky Sports: "That makes it 18 campaign games and eon defeat. Sometimes you have to dig a result out, you have to suffer and come through it. You have to show heart and courage and we have shown that. we are still int eh mix.

"You have to fancy Serbia but we have to try and get second. Still very exciting for us and everything to play for. Bring it on and make sure we take the red wall with us. We have to be better in our all-round play though. We will need our perseverance and resilience again."

Wales win away

Moldova 0-2 Wales

Wales' win was their first away from home since September 2015 (v Cyprus), and ends a run of six games without victory.

Chris Coleman’s side are unbeaten in their last eight games (W3 D5), and have won in consecutive outings for the first time since July 2016 (a run of three wins).

Moldova 0-2 Wales

Wales manager Chris Coleman on Sky Sports: "It was a win, a good win. Not our best performance over 90 minutes but it was going to be tough. We needed to be patient and not get frustrated. It is hard to come here and break them down. They hit us on the counter a couple of times but the lads did everything we asked.

"Again, young Ben Woodburn. He put in a good cross for Hal Robson-Kanu but Aaron Ramsey finished the game off. It was one of those where we had so much to lose, it did not matter how we got over the line. We need to finish the group off int he same style as these last two games."

Moldova 0-2 Wales

John Hartson

Former Wales striker in Chisinau

They have come out with maximum points and that is a sign of a decent team. When you are not at your best, they can get a result. They are now back in the mix.

It was never going to be easy. England get a lot of criticism against the lesser nations but it is hard against opposition who are gritty and are not interested in playing. You cannot question Wales's effort or spirit, sometimes they just lacked that bit of brilliance.

'We have the momentum'

Moldova 0-2 Wales

Wales midfielder Joe Allen on Sky Sports: "It was hard work, quite frustrating at times. We got the all important goal, kept the pressure on until we got it.

"What a camp it has been for Ben Woodburn – he has had a massive impact in both games and what a player he already is.

"The big thing is that we have picked up six points from this camp and are the team with momenetum going into the final round of games. It won't be easy but we want to get maximum points and lets see where that leads us."

Moldova 0-2 Wales

John Hartson

Former Wales striker in Chisinau

Ben Woodburn
Reuters

Wales needed the inspiration from somewhere and got it late on from Ben Woodburn. What an impact. He is so young but will he now start against Georgia? Has he stamped his name on the team?

Saturday against Austria he scored the goal, tonight he made the goal, which made the difference.

On a difficult night, against gritty opposition who sat in, Chris Coleman's side have done it again.

As it stands...

Wales are up to second in Group D - but really, surely with two games left it is Serbia's to lose now. Mind you the Serbs have to go to Austria before hosting Georgia.

Serbia - 18 points

Wales - 14 points

Republic of Ireland - 13 points

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Dave Sommerville: These are the kind of games that Wales were losing up until a few years ago

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Paul Mulligan: Frustrating night for @FAIreland. Just not enough quality and creativity in the final third. Tough to qualify now.

A big night in Group D. Wales are up to second as Republic of Ireland drop to third. Serbia lead on 18, Chris Coleman's side are four points behind but one ahead of Martin O'Neill's men.

Oh, and Wales host Ireland in the final round of fixtures. Tasty.

FULL-TIME

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Serbia

Serbia players punch the air as Irish men sink to the turf.

Shane Long
Reuters

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Serbia

Late corner for Ireland. Last chance saloon.

It is swung in... and headed over.

FULL-TIME

Moldova 0-2 Wales

Job done for Wales.

Aaron Ramsey
PA

HITS THE WOODWORK

Moldova 0-2 Wales

Moldova come so close to a consolation as a Alexandru Dedov shot from the left beats Hennessey, strikes the inside of the far post and flies across goal and wide.

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Serbia

All Republic at the moment but they lack composure at crucial times - another long-range effort smashed well over.

GOAL - Moldova 0-2 Wales

Aaron Ramsey

Game over!

Aaron Ramsey ends the contest with a shot from the edge of the box that strikes the leg of Alexandru Epureanu and loops over Ilie Cebanu and in.

Wales deserve this win. Looks like they are going second in the group.

Aaron Ramsey
Reuters

Moldova 0-1 Wales

Hearts are pounding in that Wales end. Andrei Cojocari picks up the ball and fires a low shot that Hennessey has to dive low top palm away.

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Serbia

Five minutes of added time for Ireland to find a leveller.

Martin O'Neill
PA

Moldova 0-1 Wales

There will be four added minutes in Moldova. Nervous times for Wales.

Two minutes for Wales to hold on. Two minutes for Ireland to rescue something.

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Serbia

There was the chance for Ireland!

The ball breaks in the box for Daryl Murphy and he strikes it cleanly enough but too close to the Serb keeper, who is able to drop and block.

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Serbia

Republic of Ireland are desperate in Dublin. Cyrus Christie has a sight of goal but drags his angled shot wide of the post.

Cyrus Christie
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SUBSTITUTION

Moldova 0-1 Wales

Vladimir Ambros and Igor Bugaev are on for Moldova. They have to go for it now, after having dug in for the best part of 80 minutes. Dinu Graur and Artur Ionita make way.

Moldova 0-1 Wales

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Radio 5 live in Chisinau

The shirts are off in the Red Wall; fans twirling them above their heads with Welsh bellies bouncing in celebration of that nutcracker by Robson-Kanu.

1,400 of them bursting into another rendition of Star Man after Ben Woodburn's vital contribution.

Moldova 0-1 Wales

Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales in Chisinau

It took 20 minutes - rather than four - for Ben Woodburn to make a game-changing impact this time. I think Wales fans will forgive his tardiness.

"Super Ben Woodburn" is the chant and relief is the emotion for the travelling supporters.

Moldova 0-1 Wales

Woodburn is taking the mickey now. He collects the ball in the box, drags back to fox two defenders and then fires a low shot that Ilie Cebanu has to palm away.

Moldova 0-1 Wales

All the chants from the away fans are for "Super Ben Woodburn". What a few days this lad has had.

As it stands....

As it stands in Group D....

Serbia - 18 points

Wales - 14 points

Republic of Ireland - 13 points

Moldova 0-1 Wales

John Hartson

Former Wales striker in Chisinau

Ben Woodburn, what a part he plays in this goal.

He drives down the left-hand side, trusts his pace and whips the ball in. Hal Robson-Kanu plants his header home.

Wow, we needed that.

Hal Robson-Kanu
Reuters

GOAL - Moldova 0-1 Wales

Hal Robson-Kanu

Hal Robson-Kanu
Reuters

We have lift off in Moldova!

It is Hal Robson-Kanu's header that has broken the deadlock - a diving effort from close range - but a lot of the plaudits must go to that kid, Ben Woodburn.

The teenager's run down the left is purposeful and his cross pinpoint.

It has been a long time coming but for these travelling Welsh fans it was absolutely worth it!

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Serbia

Ireland should have a penalty. Daryl Murphy is clearly held by Jagos Vukovic in the box as a cross comes over.

The ref gives nothing and salt is poured into Irish wounds when Cyrus Christie follows up on the loose ball and fires over the bar.

The home fans are not happy.

Elsewhere in Europe

A big goal in Group I.

Turkey have taken the lead against leaders Croatia through Cenk Tosun.

As it stands...

1. Croatia - 16 points

2. Iceland - 16 points

3. Turkey - 14 points

4. Ukraine - 14 points

Moldova 0-0 Wales

Wales are laying siege to the Moldova goal. Aaron Ramsey is set up for a shot on the edge of the box but he swings his curling shot over the bar. Wales' 22nd shot.

Aaron Ramsey
Reuters

Moldova 0-0 Wales

Meanwhile, in Moldova, it is all Wales. Ben Woodburn tumbles in the box looking for a penalty but the ref waves away the protests.