Ben Woodburn kept Wales’ World Cup qualification hopes alive thanks to a stunning international debut.

The 17-year-old Liverpool striker, on as a 69th-minute substitute, scored within four minutes of his arrival with a fierce strike from 22 yards.

Austria were the better side for large parts of an entertaining contest, but victory takes Wales to within two points of second-placed Republic of Ireland in Group D.

What they said:

Chris ColemanChris Coleman during the 1-0 victory over Austria (Aaron Chown/Empics)

Wales boss Chris Coleman: “It is one of those nights to remember. It was a great way to win the game. Ben is young but we have seen enough. This is not a player we have just discovered, we have had him for some years in our system. I had no worries about him at all. It wasn’t just his goal, it was his all-round play, his intelligence. He has good composure, he is not fazed. He still has a lot to do. But we have seen in our experience he is capable at our level to make a difference.”

Tweet of the match

Commonwealth table tennis player Megan Phillips enjoyed Woodburn’s contribution.

Star man – Ben Woodburn

Everton defender Ashley Williams was immense at the back, particularly in the second half, but Woodburn deserves the headlines for a decisive contribution during his cameo.

Moment of the match

Teenager Woodburn was less than five minutes into his international debut when he broke the deadlock in spectacular style. The 17-year-old substitute controlled the ball 25 yards from goal, took a touch and then unleashed a powerful drive into the bottom left corner, sparking mayhem inside the Cardiff City Stadium.

Stat of the match

Ben WoodburnBen Woodburn is Wales’ second youngest goalscorer behind Gareth Bale (Aaron Chown/Empics)

At 17 years and 322 days old, Liverpool forward Woodburn becomes Wales’ second youngest goalscorer. Gareth Bale, who was 17 years and 35 days old when he scored against Slovakia in October 2006, holds the record.


Gareth BaleGareth Bale went close with a fierce strike towards the end of the match (David Davies/PA)

Wales: Wayne Hennessey 7, Chris Gunter 6, James Chester 6, Ashley Williams 7, Ben Davies 7, Jazz Richards 6, David Edwards 7, Aaron Ramsey 7, Tom Lawrence 6, Gareth Bale 7, Sam Vokes 6. Substitutes: Andy King (on for Richards, 46min) 7, Ben Woodburn (on for Lawrence, 69min) 8, Hal Robson-Kanu (on for Vokes, 69min) 7.

Who’s up next?

Moldova v Wales (World Cup qualifier, September 5)