Lawrence Strike Boosts Wales’ World Cup Hopes

Wales have boosted their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after they defeated Georgia 1-0 in Tblisi in what was a must-win game for Chris Coleman and his men.

Derby County midfielder Tom Lawrence was the matchwinner for Wales with his 20-yard strike four minutes after the interval. He received a pass from Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey before unleashing the strike to give Wales the only goal of the game.

Speaking after the game, Wales manager Chris Coleman praised his player’s commitment. He said:

“The players didn’t disappoint. It was a tough surface and we found it difficult at times.

“We made some great situations, which we didn’t always capitalise on – but the commitment from the lads was great.

“All we can do is work hard and take care of our business. We have a huge test on Monday against the Republic of Ireland. We have a gameplan and we will see where it takes us.

“It was always going to be tight in this group and I felt it would always go down to the last game.” he concluded.

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey also spoke about the game. He said:

“We found a way to break them down. We wanted to go back to Cardiff with three points and it will be a big game against Ireland on Monday now.

“We find a way and that is why this team is so special.

“We are halfway there. We wanted to finish with two wins. Hopefully we can give our fans something to cheer about on Monday.” he further added.