Bulgaria 0-1 Wales: Substitute Jonny Williams scores late winner

Bulgaria 0-1 Wales: Substitute Jonny Williams scores late winner

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Leeds United ahead Tyler Roberts (left) was making simply his fourth begin for Wales in Bulgaria

Substitute Jonny Williams grabbed a late victory for a depleted Wales facet in Bulgaria which retains them high of their Nations League group.

With main gamers reminiscent of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey lacking by means of damage, their youthful understudies confirmed indicators of promise however lacked a innovative for a lot of the sport.

There was extra thrust within the second half, with debutant Rhys Norrington-Davies blazing over from an excellent place earlier than Rabbi Matondo shot broad.

Matondo then wasted what regarded like the very best probability of the sport as he shot over from shut vary, earlier than Williams got here to the rescue on 85 minutes with a fantastic first-time end to attain his first purpose for his nation.

It was a dramatic strategy to snatch victory and, with the decisive cross coming from Neco Williams, there have been echoes of Wales’ win over Bulgaria in final month’s reverse fixture – when the Liverpool teenager had scored an injury-time winner in its place.

The win might not have come with no price although, with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey compelled off within the 79th minute and Wales will wait to seek out out the severity of the damage.

Finland beat the Republic of Eire earlier on Wednesday to momentarily take high spot in Group B4 however a 3rd win in 4 matches retains Ryan Giggs’ facet one level forward of the Finns.

With all three victories coming courtesy of late targets, Wales have solely led for a complete of quarter-hour over the course of their 4 matches on this marketing campaign.

They now have two house matches left in November – towards the Republic and Finland – to try to win their group and earn promotion to the highest tier of the Nations League.

Depleted Wales go away it late once more

Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey had to be replaced injured after 79 minutes in Sofia
Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey had to get replaced after being injured within the 79th minute in Sofia

Wales arrived in Sofia ravaged by damage and suspension, with Bale, Ramsey, Joe Allen, David Brooks, Hal Robson-Kanu, Kieffer Moore and Joe Morrell all unavailable.

Giggs was compelled into making 4 modifications from Sunday’s goalless draw within the Republic of Eire, with a swap of formation to a wing-back system which included a debut for Luton City’s Norrington-Davies on the left flank and a primary begin for Liverpool’s Neco Williams on the fitting.

These two gave Wales extra width, whereas an interchangeable entrance three of Daniel James, Harry Wilson and Tyler Roberts provided a distinct risk to the direct strategy that the bodily imposing Moore would encourage.

The guests stretched their opponents and demonstrated some promise of their strategy play, however there was nonetheless a definite lack of penetration within the remaining third throughout a staid first half.

Giggs’ facet improved after the break, with Williams and Roberts combining to arrange Norrington-Davies, whose half-volley sailed effectively over.

That appeared to offer the sport some life as, a minute later, each units of gamers needed to be separated as tempers frayed following two bookings in fast succession for James and Wilson.

Wales’ most fruitful assaults continued to come back from broad positions and on the fitting particularly, the place Neco Williams and Roberts mixed effectively.

With quarter-hour left, they thought that they had lastly discovered a breakthrough – however Matondo in some way shot over from Roberts’ glorious cross.

That didn’t matter, although. Within the eighty fifth minute, Neco Williams as soon as once more original a gap on the fitting, crossing low for namesake Jonny, with the Charlton Athletic midfielder not breaking stride earlier than sweeping an excellent half-volley into the roof of the online.

Wales supervisor Ryan Giggs mentioned:

“I am actually happy and particularly happy for Jonny. I am proud of the purpose – the purpose was magnificent – however we will enhance, and we’ll.

“We’ll be taught, it is a younger crew. We’re pleased with the defensive facet as a crew and the gamers put an actual shift in.

“I am actually happy with the end result and, in elements, I believed we performed the very best soccer we had for a very long time.”

On Wayne Hennessey’s damage: “We’re not too positive in the intervening time.

“It was only a tweak I hope however we’ll get him again, scan it and hopefully he shall be OK.”



  • 13Mihaylov
  • 6GusmaoBooked at 50mins
  • 3Terziev
  • 5DimitrovBooked at 59mins
  • 14Nedyalkov
  • 16MalinovSubstituted forTsvetkovat 45′minutes
  • 8Nedelev
  • 11DespodovSubstituted forKaragarenat 84′minutes
  • 12KarabelyovBooked at 52mins
  • 17Yomov
  • 10KraevSubstituted forIsa Mustafaat 75′minutes


  • 1Lukov
  • 2Panov
  • 7Yavorov Krastev
  • 9Karagaren
  • 15Georgiev Bozhikov
  • 19Isa Mustafa
  • 20Iliev
  • 21Velkovski
  • 22Tsvetkov
  • 23Iliev


  • 1HennesseySubstituted forDaviesat 79′minutes
  • 13Mepham
  • 6Rodon
  • 4DaviesBooked at 27mins
  • 3N Williams
  • 15Ampadu
  • 19SmithSubstituted forLevittat 72′minutes
  • 17Norrington-Davies
  • 7H WilsonBooked at 49minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 72′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Roberts
  • 20JamesBooked at 50minsSubstituted forMatondoat 54′minutes


  • 2Gunter
  • 5Cabango
  • 8Williams
  • 10Ramsey
  • 11Matondo
  • 12Ward
  • 14Roberts
  • 16Johnson
  • 18Levitt
  • 21Davies
  • 22Woodburn
  • 23Vaulks

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