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Gary Lineker reacts brilliantly to Ben Woodburn's sensational assist for Wales vs Moldova

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Despite International breaks often being dreaded by football fans who crave their domestic fix, one man has really enjoyed the sabbatical from the Premier League.

He is Liverpool starlet Ben Woodburn, who in the last few days has made quite a name for himself with Wales.

The young winger announced himself on the international stage against Austria, coming on late in the second half to score a sensational winner.

His goal effectively put Wales in the driving seat to at least achieve a play-off spot from their qualifying group, with the Republic of Ireland drawing 1-1 with Georgia.

On Tuesday evening, the Welsh travelled to Moldova and surprisingly, Woodburn had to make do with a place on the bench.

It was a testing game for Chris Coleman's side as the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Gareth Bale struggled to break down the opposition's determined defence.

Like he did against Austria, the manager called on Woodburn in the second half and once again, the teenage sensation produced another match-winning moment.

Picking the ball up in his own half, the winger drove past the opposing full-back and delivered an inch perfect cross for Hal Robson-Kanu to finish off.

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His sensational moment effectively decided the match, with Ramsey making sure of the three points late on to seal a priceless 2-0 victory.

Woodburn has received a lot of plaudits for his Welsh cameo appearances and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker was one of the first to praise the Liverpool man for his outstanding contribution against Moldova.

LINEKER REACTS

Woodburn has got some future ahead of him and new Liverpool signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may have even more competition for a starting berth than he expected.

With Ireland losing 1-0 to Serbia in Dublin, the Welsh are now firm favourites to make the play-off spot and have a chance at qualifying for their first World Cup since 1958.

Wales v Austria - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

If Woodburn can enjoy a productive season under the leadership of Jurgen Klopp, he may find himself in the starting lineup for the showpiece in Russia.

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