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Wales v Estonia Live Commentary, 08/09/2021

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Cardiff City Stadium


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Wales host the Czech Republic in a crucial game for both sides next, while Estonia face Belarus at home.
There goes the full-time whistle! Wales will feel they have missed an opportunity as the game ends level despite the hosts taking 20 shots and creating numerous chances to win the game comfortably. Their finishing let them down, however, and Estonia could have nicked a win with a couple of opportunities in the closing stages, but Ward was alert and made a couple of important saves. Wales stay third but move level on points with the Czech Republic with a game in hand, while Estonia remain bottom despite picking up their first point in qualifying. It finishes 0-0 in Cardiff.
90' + 6' NO PENALTY! Morrell drives into the box and goes to ground under pressure, but the referee waves away his furious appeals! Page is then booked for his reaction to the decision.
90' + 4' SAVE! Sinyavskiy is set away down the left by fellow substitute Poom and he drives down the wing before cutting into the box, beating his man and lashing at goal, but Ward is well-positioned to make the save!
90' + 1' SAVE! Ward has to be alert from the resulting corner as well, punching awkwardly clear as the delivery ended up swerving towards the target.
90' SAVE! Ward is called into action for the first time this evening, diving low to his right to palm Vassiljev's fierce effort from the edge of the box round the post.
89' CROSSBAR! James takes a corner short and gets it back before floating a cross to the back post that goes a little deeper than he intended. Ampadu is there to redirect it back into the danger zone, however, and it clips the top of the bar and bounces behind!
M. Lukka
M. Paskotši
86' It's a double-substitution as Paskotsi's cramp forces him off for Lukka in defence.
M. Poom
V. Kreida
86' Haberli makes a late change as Estonia cling on, bringing Kreida off for Poom in midfield.
85' SAVE! Bale flicks the ball cleverly around the corner and Allen runs onto it before striking at goal from distance, but Hein stands tall and makes another save!
84' POST! Bale charges into box down the right and fires at goal, but Hein denies him with a low save. The ball pops straight back to Bale, however, but the Wales captain can only head against the post!
83' SAVE! Davies whips a cross into the middle from the left and Bale meets it with it head, but the effort is too central and Hein holds on well!
81' Paskotsi is down with cramp in his right calf and the Wales camp are not impressed, believing it to be a time-wasting tactic. Morrell goes over to complain as he's being treated, but Page tells him not to get involved.
V. Kreida
Yellow Card
79' Kreida hacks James down from behind and is immediately shown a deserved yellow card.
76' A long Bale throw is half-cleared to the edge of the box and Davies is there to meet it with a thumping volley, but it's charged down.
J. Morrell
Yellow Card
73' Morrell makes a cynical foul, scything Mets down from behind, and earns himself a yellow card.
V. Sinyavskiy
H. Anier
71' Anier is the second player to depart, with Sinyavskiy coming into the side in his stead.
E. Sorga
R. Sappinen
71' Haberli makes a double-change now, with Sappinen the first to go off. Sorga comes on in his place.
70' Bale takes a shot on from distance and it's far from his finest effort, hacked high and well wide.
68' James and Bale have swapped flanks now, with the former on the right and the latter on the left as they look to stretch the pitch and create gaps in the middle.
66' Wales will be wondering how they aren't ahead yet. They're continuing to pile the pressure on Estonia, but time is beginning to run out on them.
M. Harris
T. Roberts
63' Page makes his first change of the second half now, bringing Roberts off for Harris in attack as he searches for a breakthrough.
62' OVER! The ball pops out to Bale on the edge of the box and he deftly lobs a cheeky effort at goal, but it loops just over the bar as Hein scrambled back into position!
60' SAVE! Roberts is played in behind and is one-on-one with Hein, but the goalkeeper comes off his line and makes himself big, stopping the forward's low strike with his foot! Williams is furious that the ball wasn't squared to him, but he looked a fraction offside.
58' Williams, who replaced Wilson in the first half due to an injury, is also down now in the box after a corner was delivered. He's checked over and taken to the sidelines for further treatment before eventually being allowed to return to the pitch.
56' SAVE! What a save from Hein! Davies delivers the free-kick into the middle and Bale arrives to head powerfully at goal, but Hein produces a terrific reaction save to keep it out!
55' James knocks the ball down the line and sprints away from his man, but Paskotsi comes flying in with a sliding challenge and scythes the winger down. The free-kick is in a promising position to deliver into the box.
52' The home support stand for a minute's applause in honour of the late Gary Speed on what would have been his 52nd birthday.
50' It has been a cagey start to the second half. Wales' approach play is much more controlled, unlike their start to the first half.
48' Wales have shipped just three goals in their last 13 home games in all competitions, remaining unbeaten in all 13 (W10 D3) and never conceding more than once in a game in this run. So far, they've hardly given Estonia a sniff.
46' We're back underway for the second half!
Wales showed plenty of urgency in the first 25 minutes but the two injuries disrupted the flow of the game and the hosts subsequently lost their momentum. Estonia, meanwhile, looked timid from the off and Kait's effort against the bar was the visitors' only shot of the half. Improvement needed from both in the second period.
There goes the half-time whistle! Wales dominated the first 45 minutes but couldn't convert their chances as Wilson, Bale and Roberts all missed the target from promising positions. Both sides were forced into an early change, with Puri and then Wilson going off injured, before Estonia had their best opportunity when Kait struck the top of the bar. It remains 0-0 at the break.
45' + 2' Wales are building very patiently now, playing secure, lateral passes at a fairly low tempo. They seem content to go into the break level.
45' There will be four minutes of stoppage time at the end of this half due to the delays required to treat Puri and Wilson.
42' The pace of the game has slowed somewhat as half-time approaches. Wales appear less willing to take risks now than they did at the start of the game.
40' Bale drifts infield from the right, attracting several markers before attempting to slide a pass in behind for Roberts, but it is cut out at the last moment.
38' CROSSBAR! Estonia craft their best chance of the game as Pikk gets down the left before feeding Kait on the edge of the box. The midfielder cuts onto his right foot and unleashes a sweet, dipping strike that flies over Ward, but clips the top of the bar before going over!
J. Williams
H. Wilson
36' After a lengthy conversation with the medical team, Wilson is substituted off and Williams takes his place in midfield.
34' Wilson is down now and it looks like he, too, will have to be replaced. He suffered a blow to the head in the 16th minute and appears to be indicating that it is affecting him now.
32' Estonia have rallied after a difficult first half-hour and are beginning to show some attacking intent, pushing men into the Wales half.
M. Lilander
S. Puri
30' Puri's thigh injury - which appears to be a dead leg - forces him off early, with Lilander taking his place in the side.
28' Puri is down on the turf again and it looks as though his night is over. He shakes his head in disappointment and Haberli turns to the bench.
26' Wales threaten once again as they work the ball down the left before crossing into the middle for Bale, who tries to connect on the volley, but it's charged down as soon as the contact is made.
S. Puri
Yellow Card
24' James gets the better of Puri, flicking the ball over his head and the Estonia wing-back responds by wrestling the new Leeds signing to the floor, earning himself a yellow card.
23' WIDE! Wilson slips the ball in behind for Roberts down the right side of the area and the Leeds United forward races onto the ball and hits a low drive across goal, but it's just wide of the bottom-left corner!
21' Wales are knocking on the door and are starting to gain more control of the game as well now. It feels like just a matter of time before they open the scoring.
19' CLOSE! James leads a break down the left with his searing pace and finds Roberts, who once again gets out of a tight spot to feed Bale on the right side of the box. Bale hits it first time, aiming to bend one into the top-left corner, but just gets too much on it and it's high and wide!
16' Bale gets down the right and lofts a cross into the box that Wilson attacks, but Hein claims it and the Wales attacking midfielder is down on the turf holding his head. He's given some treatment, but thankfully appears to be fine and eventually returns to the pitch.
14' Roberts skips away from danger superbly and drives towards the edge of the box before unleashing a fierce effort, but it is charged down.
12' After receiving some treatment, Puri seems to be okay and is back on the field as he looks to run off his injury.
10' Puri goes down after a collision with James as the pair contested an aerial ball on the touchline. It looked like James caught Puri on the thigh and it could be a dead leg for the Estonia right wing-back.
8' Wales press hard, win the ball and launch a quick attack, pouring men forward in an attempt to hit Estonia in transition, but the visitors are playing conservatively and have men back to deal with the danger.
6' Despite looking the more threatening side, Wales have had less than 40 per cent of the ball so far. They're taking plenty of risks in possession and moving it quickly to try and open Estonia up rather than going for a more patient approach.
4' Wales are looking dangerous in the opening stages, playing with urgency and looking to grab themselves an early goal.
1' MISS! What a chance for Wilson! With less than 40 seconds on the clock, Gunter bursts in behind down the right and slides a terrific low cross into the middle that Wilson meets, unmarked, in the box. He tries to steer the ball into the bottom-right corner with a one-touch finish, but somehow fires wide!
1' We're underway in Cardiff!
Meanwhile, Estonia have won just one of their last 18 away qualifying matches for major tournaments (D4 L13), demolishing Gibraltar 6-0 in October 2017 but then failing to score 14 times in that run with those six goals making up 60% of their total goals scored (10).
Wales have lost just one of their last 16 home qualifying matches for major tournaments (W10 D5), losing 1-0 to the Republic of Ireland in October 2017.
Meanwhile, Estonia head coach Thomas Haberli alters his starting 11 more drastically following a 1-0 defeat against Northern Ireland in their last match. Only, Kuusk, Paskotsi, Vassiljev, Kreida and Sappinen are retained from that game amidst six changes.
Wales manager Rob Page makes three changes to the side that beat Belarus 3-2 last time out. Lawrence, Johnson and Colwill drop to the bench and are replaced by Ampadu, Wilson and Roberts.
Estonia substitutes: Karl Andre Vallner, Vlasiy Sinyavskiy, Michael Lilander, Robert Kirss, Marco Lukka, Erik Sorga, Taijo Teniste, Markus Poom, Sergei Zenjov, Matvei Igonen, Martin Miller, Rasmus Peetson.
Estonia (5-3-2): Karl Hein; Sander Puri, Maksim Paskotsi, Marten Kuusk, Karol Mets, Artur Pikk; Mattias Kait, Vladislav Kreida, Konstantin Vassiljev; Henri Anier, Rauno Sappinen.
Wales substitutes: Dylan Levitt, Tom King, Brennan Johnson, Ben Woodburn, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Joe Rodon, Wayne Hennessey, Rubin Colwill, Mark Harris, Jonny Williams, Matt Smith, James Lawrence.
Wales (4-2-3-1): Danny Ward; Chris Gunter, Ethan Ampadu, Chris Mepham, Ben Davies; Joe Allen, Joe Morrell; Gareth Bale, Harry Wilson, Dan James; Tyler Roberts.
Wales are third in Group E coming into this game, but have two games in hand on the teams above them. Estonia have also played just three qualifying matches, but have lost all three and are bottom of the table.
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