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  1. Wales to face Moldova at 19:45 BST
  2. Northern Ireland secure second place in Group C
  3. Jonny Evans and Chris Brunt score to beat the Czech Republic 2-0
  4. England survive scare to beat Slovakia 2-1
  5. Marcus Rashford and Eric Dier score at Wembley
  6. Get Involved - #bbcfootball

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By Libby Dawes and Laura Savvas

All times stated are UK

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Some parting words from Giggs...


Giggs backs Wales experience for Moldova test

But in the meantime...


Will the yellow kit prove to be lucky? Will Ben Woodburn extend his dream debut? Will the Moldova curse ever end?

Join us this evening for live commentary of Moldova v Wales.

'He's clearly a special player' John Hartson on Ben Woodburn's dream debut for Wales We've got live commentary of……

Is it Saturday yet?


When it feels like the international break has lasted forever and you need Premier League football back in your life...

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Never leave us again, Premier League...

And on the subject of the international break...


If time seems to be going in slow-motion and you just can't quite wait for the Premier League to be back this weekend, don't forget you can follow Match of the Day on Instagram for the best photos from the world of football.

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The Italians have some catching-up to do


Italy's 3-0 loss to group leaders Spain last week saw them trail three points behind Julen Lopetegui's side in their qualifying group with three games to go.

Although the chances of them topping the group are slim, boss Gian Piero Ventura believes they have every chance of reaching Russia via the playoffs.

The Azzurri, who had not lost any qualifier since 2006, host Israel in Reggio-Emilia this evening.

Who said international breaks were boring...


Tonight's games are:


Austria 19:45 Georgia

Moldova 19:45 Wales

Republic of Ireland 19:45 Serbia


Italy 19:45 Israel

Liechtenstein 19:45 Spain

FYR Macedonia 19:45 Albania


Iceland 19:45 Ukraine

Kosovo 19:45 Finland

Turkey 19:45 Croatia

Last night's results


And just in case you missed the results from last night, here's a handy breakdown for you.

You're welcome.

World Cup



Azerbaijan's 5-1 victory over winless San Marino was the first time the side had scored five goals in a game in their history.

The result equaled the record margin of victory which was last achieved when Azerbaijan beat Liechtenstein 4-0 in 1999.

The best of last night


Last night's action saw plenty of high-scoring games, with 32 goals across nine games.

Germany thrashed Norway to stay top of Group C and maintain their 100% record in World Cup 2018 qualifying, in perhaps the least surprising result of the night.

It turns out goalscorer Mesut Ozil likes a good sing-song after all...

That's the way ...aha...aha...I like it!!! 🎶😊🇩🇪⚽⚽⚽ #NiceWin #Fun #HereToCreate #GERNOR

That's the way ...aha...aha...I like it!!! 🎶😊🇩🇪⚽⚽⚽ #NiceWin #Fun #HereToCreate #GERNOR

Which teams have already qualified for Russia 2018?


  • Russia - qualified as hosts
  • Belgium - a whopping 17 Premier League players
  • Brazil - One word: Neymar
  • Mexico - They have reached the knockout stage in each of the past six World Cups
  • Iran - Their only victory in the tournament remains a 2-1 win over the United States at France '98.
  • Japan - Have qualified for every World Cup since 1998

Wales' new kit

Moldova v Wales (19:45 BST)

Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales in Chisinau, Moldova

Wales have sprung an early surprise before tonight's World Cup qualifier against Moldova by unveiling a new away kit.

They will wear yellow shirts with a black trim in Chisinau, seemingly inspired by the cross of St David, the patron saint of Wales.

The change of colour will come as a relief to Wales fans - the team had never won in their previous grey away shirt.

We're ready! Ydych chi'n barod hefyd? #MDAWAL #TogetherStronger
We're ready! Ydych chi'n barod hefyd? #MDAWAL #TogetherStronger
We're ready! Ydych chi'n barod hefyd? #MDAWAL #TogetherStronger
We're ready! Ydych chi'n barod hefyd? #MDAWAL #TogetherStronger

We're ready! Ydych chi'n barod hefyd? #MDAWAL #TogetherStronger

Copa America Centenario repeat on the cards


Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Philippe Moggio, the general secretary of the Concacaf region, covering north and central America, has been speaking to delegates at the Soccerex conference in Manchester.

Moggio has revealed talks are ongoing about hosting a joint North-South American international championship, similar to the Copa America Centenario that Chile won in 2016.

Copa America has been held every four years since 2007 and will next be hosted by Brazil in 2019. The Concacaf Gold Cup is held every two years, and always in the USA, who beat Jamaica in the most recent final in July.

Moggio said: "It is still at the early stages but there is active dialogue with Conmebol to create a combined Copa America."

Limited anti-doping problem - Uefa


Simon Stone

BBC Sport

It is Day Two of the three-day Soccerex conference in Manchester, debating anti-doping problem.

Uefa's director for integrity, Emilio Garcia has just said: "Looking at provisional figures published by Fifa, I could say the problem is limited.

"Three and five cases a year, mostly to do with recreational drugs."

Now for a quick breather...


Here's an update from BBC Sport's Simon Stone from the Soccerex conference in Manchester.

Allen and Taylor back in action

Moldova v Wales, 19:45 BST

Midfielder Joe Allen and defender Neil Taylor have returned to the Wales squad for their trip to Moldova.

The pair missed Wales' 1-0 win over Austria on Saturday that kept alive their hopes of going to Russia.

Allen replaces Jonny Williams and James Collins drops out to accommodate Taylor's return.

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'We've got four finals to keep our hopes alive'

Moldova v Wales, 19:45 BST

Gareth Bale has been speaking ahead of tonight's match.

Bale on Wales World Cup qualifying hopes

'He was obviously very disappointed with what happened'

Moldova v Wales, 19:45 BST

James Chester says his Wales team-mate Neil Taylor was "deeply affected" by his leg-breaking tackle on Seamus Coleman.

Taylor received a two-match ban for his challenge on Coleman in Dublin in March which left the Republic of Ireland captain with a double leg fracture.

The Wales defender has not spoken about the incident as he prepares to return from suspension in Moldova on Tuesday.

"Playing with him at club level I know he was deeply affected by it," Aston Villa defender Chester said.

"He was obviously very disappointed with what happened.

"Neil has moved on with his career and he seems back to normal now."

Read more of Chester's interview here.

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Can't wait to get back out there tomorrow. Huge game, only the win will do! 🐉

Can't wait to get back out there tomorrow. Huge game, only the win will do! 🐉

Coleman recalls Moldova 1994

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As you would expect from any elite international football team with Gareth Bale in it, the Wales squad are staying at a plush hotel.

However, it has not always been this way...

Declared an independent nation in 1991 following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Moldova had only played their first fixture six months earlier in 1994 and their game against Wales was just the fifth in their brief history.

But if Wales landed in Chisinau as overwhelming favourites, their swagger soon disappeared as they were confronted by the squalor of their hotel, Cosmo's.

"We were sleeping in our wetsuits because the beds were so damp," says Wales' current manager Chris Coleman, then a 24-year-old centre-back in the Welsh side.

"The country was in a lot of trouble at the time.

"It was unbelievable. The beds were wet. It was so damp. We had cockroaches too."

Read more, if you can stomach it, here.

Can he break the Moldova curse?

Moldova v Wales, 19:45 BST

All eyes will undoubtedly be on 17-year-old Ben Woodburn, after his 20-yard screamer secured a Wales victory over Austria at the weekend.

Ben Woodburn: Debut Wales winner 'a dream come true'

Will history repeat itself?

Moldova v Wales, 19:45 BST

Wales must do something they have never done before, and win in Moldova.

Chris Coleman's side are in Moldova tonight for only the second time, and Chris Coleman and his assistant Kit Symons will have unhappy memories of the first visit as both players started for Mike Smith's side in a 3-2 defeat back in October 1994.

The defeat was part of Wales' failed Euro 1996 qualification campaign, which saw Wales finishing bottom of their group, after picking up just two wins from ten games.

Fast-forward to September last year, when Wales beat Moldova 4-0 at home at the beginning of the campaign - but can Wales claim an unprecedented win in Chisinau tonight?

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Gareth Bale will be hoping to score another brace against Moldova tonight

First up

Moldova v Wales, 19:45 BST

Wales are four points behind Group D leaders Serbia, who beat winless Moldova 3-0 at the weekend.

Only the nine group winners in Europe's qualifying procedure automatically earn a place in next year's tournament in Russia, while the eight best runners-up enter the play-offs.

Chris Coleman's side are two points behind the Republic of Ireland, in second place, who face Serbia in Dublin tonight.

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Wales are currently third in Group D

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It's lunch time, which means we aren't far from the end of the working day...

To get you through the next few hours, why not join us as we preview tonight's World Cup qualifiers, including Moldova v Wales.


That's all from us for now but join us later for a look ahead to tonight's fixtures, including Moldova v Wales...

Thankfully, Dele Alli's apology tweet is PG...

Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker! Apologies for any offence caused! Great win 2nite

'England lack sparkle'

England 2-1 Slovakia

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Progress through the group has been reasonably efficient but thoroughly unspectacular. For all that some of England's players flourish at club level, this is a colourless and largely joyless team.

England's motto could be "job done" - but it is not one that will carry them through if and when they reach the sharp end of the action in Russia.

Southgate's England lack sparkle, although Rashford hinted at an X-factor with his outstanding display, and this was another night of toil in the manner of the win against Malta, when the 4-0 scoreline embroidered a poor display via three goals in the last six minutes against exhausted minnows.

I am not allowed to post it because I want to keep my job, but just letting you know, Kyle Walker has tweeted his team-mate this morning....

Just banter....

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Dele Alli says his middle-finger gesture during the World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia was aimed at team-mate Kyle Walker.

Television pictures showed Tottenham's Alli gesturing in the 77th minute of Monday's 2-1 victory at Wembley.

The incident occurred after he was body-checked by Martin Skrtel, and referee Clement Turpin waved play on.

"Just to clarify, the gesture was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker," Alli, 21, wrote on Twitter.

"Apologies for any offence caused."

But all anyone wants to discuss today is *that* gesture from Dele Alli....

'We've got an absolute gem on our hands'

England 2-1 Slovakia

"Rashford's biggest quality is his temperament," said former England defender Phil Neville on BBC Radio 5 live.

"He never looks flustered. He makes a mistake, he misses a chance, he is straight back on the ball and he improves every time I see him.

"We have got an absolute gem on our hands. He has brilliant technique and he has his feet on the ground. He goes watching his mates play on a Sunday morning, he has a laugh and a joke with Jesse Lingard, he doesn't post things on Instagram which make you think he is getting carried away.

"He is a little superstar."

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'Young England side will learn from this week'

Gareth Southgate says the past week has been a great experience for his young side to learn from after two difficult World Cup qualifying wins.

Job done

England 2-1 Slovakia

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

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England survived a scare as they came from behind to beat Slovakia at Wembley and take a giant stride towards qualification for next summer's World Cup in Russia.

Stanislav Lobotka took advantage of sloppy defensive work to put Slovakia ahead after just three minutes - the start of a shoddy first-half display by Gareth Southgate's side.

Marcus Rashford was culpable in conceding possession for the goal but recovered superbly to inspire England to a win that leaves them five points clear at the top of Group F with just two rounds of games to play.

Rashford's clever near-post corner was swept in by Eric Dier eight minutes before half-time, and the Manchester United teenager was England's match-winner as he powered a superb shot past Slovakia keeper Martin Dubravka after 59 minutes.

England will confirm their place in Russia with victory against Slovenia at Wembley in their next qualifier on 5 October.

Read the full match report here.

Shall we move onto England's performance...?

Another great set of results for the home nations but a special mention for N.Ireland, their form in recent years has been unbelievable.

The numbers speak for themselves...


"Twenty-five attempts at goal - that says it all," said Strachan.

"Forty-eight for the last two games, so that's good enough to win games of football, if you make that amount of chances. You don't make those chances all the time at international level.

"I don't know the last time we had 25 attempts at goal. We could have scored more goals tonight but maybe they were a wee bit tired after Friday. That was more than enough tonight."

If that's how they perform after being a wee bit tired, I can't wait until they host Slovakia on 5 October.

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Scotland managed five times more shots than Malta...

It took England 53 minutes to unlock Malta on Friday night, but the Scots managed to do it in nine - and they almost did it even earlier than that.

Read the full match report here.


Hear more from the man himself below:

Try not to fall off your chair with excitement from this clip....

Strachan 'not thinking about Slovakia'

Strachan content to stay in play-off hunt

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Head coach Gordon Strachan said he is happy that Scotland's World Cup qualifying fate is in their own hands after a 2-0 win over Malta at Hampden.

Scotland dropped a place to fourth in Group F, level on points with Slovenia and a point behind Slovakia. England are five points clear at the top.

Wins over both in their final two games next month will secure second place and a play-off spot for Scotland.

"I'm all right with that," said Strachan.