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17 November 2019 00:32

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Azerbaijan 0 Wales 2: Ryan Giggs’ men up to third in Group E thanks to goals from Kieffer Moore and Harry Wilson

Northern Ireland football fans will get to taste IFA's beer partner BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The Green and White Army will get its first chance to taste the Irish Football Association's official new beer partner at tonight's crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands. The Green and White Army will get its first chance to taste the Irish Football Association's official new beer partner at tonight's crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands. Northern Ireland's senior men's and women's football teams will welcome Sadler's Peaky Blinder Lager as their new partner after the IFA signed a multi-year sponsorship deal. The beer will be on sale tonight at The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park and in the Billy Bingham Lounge as Michael O'Neill's men attempt to keep their automatic qualification hopes alive with victory over the Oranje. Sean Murphy, chief operating officer at the IFA, said: "It's great to welcome Sadler's Peaky Blinder Lager to the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park and we're looking forward to working together over the coming months and years to build a partnership that has a real impact on our brilliant fans." Rangers midfielder Steven Davis missed a 29th minute penalty in Northern Ireland's crucial qualifier against the Netherlands.

Northern Ireland need to win tonight and away in Germany in their final game to ensure qualification through their extremely tough group. Striker Kieffer Moore says Wales cannot wait for Tuesday's final Euro 2020 qualifying group game against Hungary in Cardiff. Wales eased to a comfortable win in Azerbaijan to ensure their bid to qualify automatically for Euro 2020 will go down to the final game. Wigan's Moore put Wales ahead against Azerbaijan with his second goal in three games before Harry Wilson's header sealed a vital victory. KIEFFER MOORE continued his amazing rise on the international stage to boost Wales' Euro 2020 automatic qualification hopes.

The big 6ft 5ins rookie striker powered home from Harry Wilson's pin-point corner to take his tally to two goals in four games for his country. 5 Harry Wilson was on the scoresheet for Wales during their 2-0 win against Azerbaijan Credit: PA:Press Association 5 Wigan striker Kieffer Moore opened the deadlock in the 10th minute at the Bakcell Arena Credit: PA:Press Association But Wales boss Ryan Giggs will be glad the Wigan forward made a remarkable recovery as he helped the Dragons take a giant step towards next summer's finals with victory in Baku. Moore's tenth minute header - from a yard out - gave the visitors the perfect start to a crunch final double-header with a big showdown against Group E rivals Hungary to come in Cardiff on Tuesday night. Yet, incredibly, Moore's opener also meant the beanpole forward has scored double the number of goals for Wales than Wigan this season. This was a super show by Moore, who provided a focal point for Wales' attack, caused all sorts of problems for the Azerbaijan defence in the air and allowed attacking team-mates Gareth Bale, Dan James and Wilson to flourish.

Moore's header was followed up by a Wilson tap-in after James crashed the crossbar and post as Giggs' side put the hosts to the sword, particularly in the first half. This was a job well done by Wales, who were already guaranteed a Euros play-off spot on Friday night thanks to their Nations League finish, as they recorded a first victory on the road in 13 months to keep their automatic qualification dreams alive. 5 Wales can qualify for Euro 2020 should they beat Hungary in Cardiff on Tuesday Credit: AP:Associated Press Giggs even had the luxury of not starting midfielder Aaron Ramsey due to his lack of match fitness at Juventus. Bale was also a fitness doubt after he tore a calf muscle in Wales' draw with Croatia last month and Giggs revealed pre-match he could not take the risk of starting both of his superstars. The Dragons started on the front foot and the visitors only had to wait ten minutes for the opening goal.

Joe Morrell saw a 25-yarder turned around the post by Azerbaijan goalkeeper Emil Balayev, and from Wilson's resulting corner, Moore climbed highest at the back post to nod home. Moore was a constant threat and had two headers saved by Balayev in quick succession, the second after a mazy Bale run down the right flank. 5 Ryan Giggs' men are third in Group E - three points behind leaders Croatia Credit: PA:Press Association James saw his right-footed curler strike the crossbar and then post before the on rushing Wilson nodded home the rebound into an empty net. Wales were buoyant and the travelling support began to enjoy themselves after Bale and James swapped flanks. That ditty was in reference to Bale's pre-match comments when he admitted he is more excited about playing for his country over the Spanish giants.

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There is no doubt Bale and Wales would have enjoyed this victory. 5 Ryan Giggs knows one more win will seal his side's place in next summer's tournament Credit: PA:Press Association Wales thought they had scored a third early in the second half when Charlton defender Lockyer headed another Wilson corner into the back of the net. And Giggs will hope his star duo can do the business in the second part of this crucial double-header. Moore and Wilson had further chances but Wales could not add to their dominance. And his side returned home to Wales in the early hours of Sunday morning full of confidence and believing they can now finish the job of automatic qualification. Gareth Bale claims never to have taken a triple-bogey while playing golf — and his return helped Wales score a solid par in Azerbaijan to keep alive their hopes of reaching the finals. First-half goals from Kieffer Moore and Harry Wilson saw Wales to a comfortable win here as they seek to finish their round in style and qualify automatically for Euro 2020. Boss Ryan Giggs' decision to leave Aaron Ramsey out of his initial XI was vindicated as Joe Morrell, the Bristol City midfielder on loan at Lincoln, was superb on his first competitive start for his country. Gareth Bale looked comfortable in a Wales shirt after responding to his Real Madrid future Kieffer Moore gave Wales the lead with a commanding back post header off a swinging corner Harry Wilson doubled Wales' advantage as he pounced on a rebound from Dan James effort When Ramsey replaced Bale after an hour, Wales were in full control and already looking to Tuesday's clash with Hungary which – with qualification rivals Slovakia at home to Azerbaijan – they will surely need to win to have any chance of reaching the Finals without needing to go through the play-offs in the spring. Bale had not played since picking up a calf injury during Wales' 1-1 draw with Croatia on October 13 and his appearance here raised eyebrows with his club, Real Madrid. Wales XI: Hennessey 6.5, Roberts 6, Mepham 6.5, Lockyer 6, Davies 7, Morrell 7.5, Ampadu 6.5 (Vaulks 87' 6), Bale (c) 6.5 (Ramsey 59' 6.5), Wilson 7, James 7 (Matondo 82' 6), Moore 7. Goals: Moore (10), Wilson (34) Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER) 6 Man of the match: Joe Morrell His admission before the match that representing his country excites him more than playing for the Spanish giants is hardly likely to have endeared him to his detractors, some of whom believe he places turning out for Wales, and spending time on the golf course, above his Real career. Against Hungary, where Wales face a far sterner test than the world's 111th-ranked side were able to give them, will Giggs risk his two superstars from the off? 'If they'd both started here, at least one of them would not have been able to play on Tuesday,' Giggs revealed. Wales started with purpose and deservedly took the lead in the ninth minute. Morrell's rising drive from 35 yards was pushed around the post, and from Wilson's corner Moore rose and headed in, from practically underneath the crossbar. They doubled their lead in the 34th minute when James glided in from the left and delivered a curling shot that beat Emil Balayev before skimming both the post and the bar. Aaron Ramsey featured for Wales for the first time in a year to the relief of boss Ryan Giggs The call meant Wales had no nasty surprises before half-time, and they thought they had a third soon after the break, but Lockyer's header from James' corner was ruled out, seemingly for a foul on Balayev. On the hour mark, Giggs stuck to the pre-match plan, sending on Ramsey for Bale. The Juventus midfielder slotted into the No 10 role and soon created a chance for Moore, whose deflected shot trickled wide for a corner. Moore missed further chances to make the scoreline more comfortable but his wastefulness did not matter and Wales now look to Tuesday with confidence.