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Thanks for joining me for this coverage of Wales' 1-0 win over Estonia in the Group E qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The visitors remain third in the group but still have a game in hand on second-placed Czech Republic. They have a massive game at home to Belarus next time out before finishing up with hosting Belgium on the final matchday of the group. That game was a fatal blow to the hosts' chances of qualifying for the tournament as they are officially knocked out of automatically making the tournament through the group stages.
It finishes 1-0 to the visitors, and what a huge three points that could end up being. It ended up being a professional job for Wales, who took the lead after 12 minutes through a poked finish from Moore after a James corner caused havoc. The hosts tried to get back into the game but their final assault towards the end of the game ended up being fruitless. It consisted of long ball after long ball into the box that Rodon and Mepham easily dealt with, and the Dragons take a massive three points home.
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FULL-TIME: ESTONIA 0-1 WALES
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Johnson tries to nick a second on the counter but his shot is fired well over.
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The home side are sending delivery after delivery into the box in their search for an equaliser but so far the visitors are remaining resolute.
The hosts send a deep free-kick in that causes issues but they can't find space to get a shot away and the visitors' lead is preserved.
Poom sends in a teasing delivery from the right that goes all the way through but just evades the back post.
A dangerous Sinvayskiy cross is cleared.
The hosts are really having a lot more of the ball now as they try and level the game up.
Wales' record appearance holder and Charlton full-back Gunter comes on for Roberts.
Fulham midfielder Wilson comes off for Johnson.
Zenjov makes way for Vastsuk.
Kait is replaced by Kallaste.
Sorga is taken off for Kirss.
Morrell replaces Juventus man Ramsey in midfield.
Harris gets a cross into feet in the box, but his shot is low and Hein easily gathers. The Cardiff man should've done better.
Ward does excellently to turn a Sinyavskiy curling effort round the post for a corner.
Ojamaa comes on for Teniste.
The hosts are starting to throw more bodies forward as they look for an equaliser.
The hosts claim for a penalty after Sinyavskiy goes down in the box. Nothing is given though and the visitors smash it away.
Allen is booked for bringing down Mets after giving the ball away in midfield.
Kuusk sends a wild effort from distance over.
Moore makes way for Harris.
Moore is down, seemingly struggling with an injury to his eye.
James is played through but the Leeds man's effort from a tough angle is blocked away from danger.
Moore just can't reach a cross from the right and it goes behind for a goal-kick.
This would be a huge three points for the visitors, who are moving into those crucial top two positions as it stands,
Moore is booked for a sliding challenge.
Kait runs into the box and tries to spin to get an effort away at goal, but his tame effort is easily caught by Ward.
This would be Wales' third win in their last 11 games in all competitions.
Kuusk is booked after an elbow on Moore.
Thomas sends a teasing cross low across the box but there isn't a visiting player there to divert it goalwards.
The booked Pikk makes way for Sinyavskiy.
Poom sends the free-kick deep to the back post but it's cleared. The visitors can't make anything of the counter though.
Thomas sees yellow for bringing down Kait on the counter.
Moore does well to win a corner down the right after his cross was blocked. The visitors bring the centre-backs up but play it short and give it away.
The ball comes into the home box but eventually they clear after a nervy moment where Thomas saw a shot blocked.
The hosts have a free-kick in a dangerous position and Sorga sends a flicked header just over the bar. He was in acres of space and perhaps should've done better.
Moore runs into Paskotsi and gives away a free-kick as he tried to chase a long-ball.
The visitors get us back underway.
As we move to the second half, two sides who need the points will be looking to achieve their desired result. The hosts will look to get back into the game and offer more attacking threat than they did in the first-half, while the visitors will need to grab a second and put this game beyond the reach of their opponents.
And so we go into the break with the visitors 1-0 up. It's a half that the Dragons shaded and they will go into half-time a goal to the good after Moore turned in a corner from James. Since the goal it's been pretty uneventful but they were nearly pegged back after giving the ball away in defence, although Sorga's chipped shot at goal didn't have enough on it and the visitors cleared.
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HALF-TIME: ESTONIA 0-1 WALES
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Moore tries to send Roberts away down the right and the momentum of the attack is stopped.
It's been quiet since the goal and it feels like both teams need the break to regroup.
Wilson's effort is straight at Hein.
Wales win a free-kick high up the pitch after Tamm brings down James. Wilson is lining it up.
Poom sends the free-kick in but it's poor and cleared easily.
Hein sends the resulting free-kick long and after some play in the midfield it ends up with Ward.
Wilson tries to shoot but ends up catching Teniste at the back post and is booked.
This is the fourth meeting between these sides in the fourth different stadium.
Kait goes in the book for dragging back Wilson as he broke away.
The visitors look the more likely to score the next goal.
Estonia have never led against their opponents tonight.
Ampadu fires high and wide from the edge of box.
Pikk is booked after clattering into Roberts on the right-wing.
The visitors make a mistake in defence but Sorga's effort towards goal isn't strong enough and they clear.
Moore tries a clever flick towards goal but it is easily saved by Hein.
This is more of the same from Wales against their opponents having never lost to their opponents in three previous meetings.
Roberts shifts the ball onto his right and tries to dig a cross into the box out but it is blocked behind for a corner, which Hein does well to come and claim.
A free-kick from Page's men is headed clear.
The home side try and hit back straight away but Zenjov's shot is blocked well by the defence.
It's probably just about a deserved goal for the Dragons, who have shaded the opening of this game.
And it's 1-0 to the visitors! What a scrappy goal it is too. It's Moore who eventually turns it in. Mepham sends a header from a corner towards goal and the ball ends up pinging around the box before falling to Moore who toes it in.
Roberts tries to curl one from distance with his left foot but Hein scampers over to turn it behind for a corner.
It's been a cagey first ten minutes without any real chances so far.
Sorga shoots from distance but it is blocked by Mepham before it gets anywhere near the goal.
Wilson, the winner of the free-kick, sends the set-piece just over.
Wales win a free-kick in a dangerous position after Wilson is heavily brought down.
Zenjov wins a corner after he was set away down the left channel. Poom sends in the corner but it is easily cleared.
An early free-kick is hacked away from danger by Estonia. There was some light shouts for a handball but nothing doing.
Teniste sends an early shot at goal that Ward parries away.
The hosts kick us off and we are underway.
The two sides make their way onto the pitch before the national anthems.
Visiting manager Rob Page also makes a trio of changes and gives a debut to Thomas while Wilson and Roberts also come in. Gunter, Williams and Morrell start on the bench.
Home manager Karel Voolaid makes three changes as Zenjov, Teniste and Pikk come in. Anier and Kreida miss out through suspension, whilst Sinyavskiy is on the bench.
SUBS: Wayne Hennessey, Chris Gunter, Adam Davies, Joe Morrell, Tyler Roberts, Brennan Johnson, Neco Williams, Will Vaulks, Jonathan Williams, James Lawrence, Ben Cabango, Mark Harris.
WALES (4-4-2): Danny Ward; Connor Roberts, Chis Mepham, Joe Rodon, Sorba Thomas; Harry Wilson, Joe Allen, Ethan Ampadu, Aaron Ramsey; Daniel James, Kieffer Moore.
SUBS: Ken Kallaste, Vlasiy Sinyavskiy, Matvei Igonen, Bogdan Vastsuk, Henrik Purg, Markus Poom, Karl Andre Vallner, Henrik Ojamaa, Marco Lukka, Robert Kirss.
ESTONIA (5-3-2): Karl Hein; Marten Kuusk, Joonas Tamm, Maksim Paskotsi, Taijo Teniste, Artur Pikk; Konstantin Vassiljev, Karol Mets, Mattias Kait; Sergei Zenjov, Erik Sorga.
The visitors meanwhile are third in the group but level on points with second-placed Czech Republic with a game in hand on them. They could move above them into that crucial second spot with a win or draw tonight.
The hosts head into this game in fourth place in Group E after losing their opening three qualifiers. Their two games since that though have been an away draw with their opponents tonight and a 2-0 win at home to Belarus.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of this 2022 World Cup qualifier between Estonia and Wales at Le Coq Arena in Tallinn.