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Video: Joe Allen just scored a long-range screamer in Wales vs Austria qualifier

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Joe Allen has had a fantastic six months or so. 

The Welshman returned to form late on last season to play a key role for Liverpool in the run in to the 2015-16 campaign before going on to earn a place in the Euro 2016 team of the tournament after his exploits for his country.

And the midfielder's form has been maintained into the new campaign after he joined Stoke City - Manchester United fans need no reminding of that after his equaliser at the weekend.

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However, Allen has just scored a goal for Wales versus Austria this evening that puts his goal at Old Trafford to shame. In fact, it might be the best goal of the 26-year-old's career to date.

Facing a difficult fixture against Austria away from home, Chris Coleman would have been hoping Allen could put in one of his now trademark all-action midfield performances. 

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What he probably wasn't expecting, though, was the diminutive midfielder to produce a thunderous half-volley from the edge of the box to put Wales in front after 22 minutes.

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To borrow a phrase from former Sky commentator Andy Gray, you just don't save those.

Indeed, when fans watching on TV saw a long haired Welshman making a dart for the ball on the edge of Austria's box, they probably assumed it was the nation's talisman, Gareth Bale, who was lining up a speculative effort.

However, even the Real Madrid star would have to bow down to his international teammate after seeing Allen unleash his unstoppable left-footed drive.

Before this evening, the Stoke City player had only managed one previous goal for Wales and, despite playing professionally for almost a decade, he is only just into double figures at club level.

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All of that just makes his opening goal versus Austria all the more impressive.

Despite Allen's goal, though, Wales aren't assured off three points against Austria.

Indeed, at the time of writing, the World Cup qualifying fixture is currently tied up at 2-2 - Allen's Stoke teammate Marko Arnautovic having scored twice for Austria, while Kevin Wimmer scored an own goal to give Wales a second.

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