Kieffer Moore kept up his fine introduction to the
international scene with a late winner as Wales
beat Finland 1 – 0 in their Nations League opener in
The Cardiff City new boy struck his third goal in
eight Wales games from close – range from Dan
James ’ teasing low delivery 10 minutes from time
to add a rare spark to an otherwise uninspiring
game in the Finnish capital , where an out- of – sorts
Gareth Bale was earlier taken off at half – time.
Moore looked to have nodded the visitors ahead
inside four minutes from another James delivery
but his goal was ruled out for a push in the build-
up, but that bustling start was far from a sign of
things to come .
There was little more in the way of further
goalmouth action until the second period, when
Finland defender Leo Vaisanen fired against the
Wales woodwork from four yards out after 49
minutes, as the hosts returned after half – time
But Wales dug in and began to wrestle back
control of the game, and finally had something to
show for it when Moore tapped in to send his side
top of Group B4 .
It would be no huge surprise if both sides
struggled to build the kind of intensity which had
propelled both into next summer’s re – arranged
Euro 2020 finals given the lack of match action
during a truncated pre – season across much of
Europe , but there looked to be few signs of rust
for Wales in the opening stages.
First, they momentarily appeared to have taken an
early lead when Ben Davies ’ nice ball down the left
channel released James , who turned back onto his
right and picked out Moore to nod into the far
corner – only to be denied by an eagle – eyed
assistant referee , who spotted his push on
Vaisanen in the build- up .