'I won't sleep tonight' - Woodburn elated with stunning goal on Wales debut

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The 17-year-old Liverpool player netted a sublime effort to give his side a crucial three points, earning praise from Chris Coleman for his composure

Ben Woodburn admitted he will have a hard time getting over the thrill of scoring on his debut for Wales in a 1-0 win over Austria on Saturday.

The 17-year-old became the nation's second-youngest goalscorer behind Gareth Bale when his searing 73rd-minute strike reignited Wales' hopes of reaching the World Cup.

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Born in England, the Liverpool youngster had been on the pitch for just five minutes before he fired the hosts to within two points of second-placed Republic of Ireland in Group D.

And with a home match against Ireland to come after clashes with Moldova and Georgia, the goal could prove to be a turning point in Wales' qualification campaign.

Ben Woodburn Wales Austria 02092017

Ben Woodburn Wales Austria 02092017

"The ball just came out of the air and I just tried to shoot it as quickly as I could," Woodburn told Sky Sports.

"It is a great feeling. I could not ask for much more from the fans. I will not sleep tonight."

Woodburn's goal rewarded the faith of Wales boss Chris Coleman, who introduced the teenager in search of a much-needed three points.

With a play-off place now in reach, the former Fulham and Real Sociedad manager paid tribute to his new star's cool head.

"I know his strike was fantastic but his all-round composure was great too," Coleman said.

"I just told Ben to express himself in the last third and he knew all about his defensive duties.

"It was a great game for him to make his debut in – they do not come tougher than that."

Wales have the chance to make it two straight victories in qualifying when they visit Moldova on Tuesday ahead of October's all-important double-header.

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