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FT: Swansea City 1 - 2 Manchester City

Swansea City have left the EFL cup after losing 1-2 to Manchester City.

Manchester City's Jesus Navas (centre) takes a shot during the EFL Cup, Third Round match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

They were hosting the current cup holders at the Liberty Stadium, and despite a late goal from Sigurdsson it wasn't enough to match the two from Pep Guardiola's men.


Swansea target success against cup holders Manchester City

Swansea City will look for a confidence boosting victory over Manchester City in the third round of the EFL Cup tonight to relieve pressure on manager Francesco Guidolin.

Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin Credit: Simon Galloway/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Swans are winless in the Premier League since the opening day of the season and sit one point off the relegation zone, following a 1-0 defeat to Southampton at the weekend.

Striker Oliver McBurnie scored twice in Swansea's 3-1 victory over Peterborough United in the second round of the EFL Cup.

Record signing Borja could make his first start for the club, while Wales international Neil Taylor is set to feature for the clash at the Liberty Stadium. The 27-year-old has not featured for the Swans since being substituted before half-time in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

FT: Wales 4 - 0 Moldova

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Wales built on their Euro 2016 heroics with a 4-0 victory over Moldova in their first World Cup qualifier match.

Wales struck twice late in the first half to take a firm grip on their opening World Cup qualifier against Moldova in Cardiff.

Moldova had defended stoutly until Sam Vokes reached Gareth Bale's 38th-minute cross to score with a powerful header.

Joe Allen doubled the lead a minute before the break with his first Wales goal after latching onto a loose ball from a corner.

Moldova's hopes of getting back into the contest were ended within five minutes of the restart when Ion Jardan was guilty of extreme carelessness.

Jardan played a ball blindly back towards his own goal, straight to the unmarked Bale who is not one to refuse such gifts.

Bale strode on and comfortably chipped Cebanu for his 23rd international goal, taking him into second spot on the all-time Wales list.

A second goal from Bale in the final moments - this time in the form of a penalty - finished off a comfortable night for Wales.


Ashley Williams wants to create World Cup memories

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Ashley Williams feels Wales are ready to create new World Cup memories after choosing to stay away from the 74,500-capacity Principality Stadium on the back of their Euro 2016 heroics.

Wales open their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign tonight, with Group D outsiders Moldova the visitors to the Cardiff City Stadium.

There was a clamour in some quarters for Wales to switch their home qualifiers to the spiritual home of Welsh rugby, with interest in football at an all-time high after reaching the semi-finals of the European Championship this summer.

But the Football Association of Wales resisted the temptation to cash in on that interest and elected to stay at a 33,000-capacity ground which served Chris Coleman's side so well in the Euro qualifiers.

This is our home ground when we play for Wales, that's what we feel. We fill it out and we have had a lot of success on this pitch in recent years.

We're comfortable here, we don't see the need to move to a stadium and pitch we are not as comfortable on. We've got some great memories and experiences here and we want to create more.

– Ashley Williams, Wales Captain

Wales fans asked to 'drink less enjoy more'

Welsh Ambulance Service and South Wales Police ask fans to drink responsibly ahead of Wales’ opening World Cup qualifier.

Wales fans in Cardiff during Euro 2016. Credit: PA

Thousands of supporters will descend on the Cardiff City Stadium on Monday night when Chris Coleman’s team host Moldova in their opening match on the road to World Cup 2018 in Russia, with many more tuning in at home.

Ahead of the game both emergency services are reinforcing the key message of Drink Less Enjoy More as the national side aim to build on their performance at Euro 2016.

Wales’s recent success is a big cause for celebration and of course we want everyone to enjoy themselves.

However, we would ask fans who are planning on drinking to do so responsibly and make sure that we are kept free to attend to those facing genuine life-threatening emergencies.

Wales supporters rightly earned a positive reputation at Euro 2016 and there are a number of ways in which you can help us.

One is by alternating alcoholic drinks with water and keeping track of much you’ve had. Plan ahead to make sure you know how you’re getting home and also look after your friends and those around you.

– Richard Lee, Director of Operations at the Welsh Ambulance Service

Bale not worried about losing world's 'most expensive' tag

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Gareth Bale says he is not bothered by losing the tag of the world's most expensive player to Paul Pogba.

His three-year reign as the most expensive player in football history ended when Pogba joined Manchester United from Juventus for £89million last month.

That fee eclipsed the £85.3million Real Madrid paid Tottenham to sign Wales forward Bale in the summer of 2013.

I'm not fussed and I couldn't care less. None of the players have pulled my leg on it.

– Gareth Bale, Wales international

Vokes: Coleman speculation will not distract Wales

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Wales striker Sam Vokes accepts speculation will continue to swirl around manager Chris Coleman should he oversee a successful World Cup campaign.

Coleman was targeted by Premier League club Hull after steering Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, the country's best ever performance at a major tournament.

The 46-year-old said he was flattered by Hull's interest and admitted that he gave serious thought to an offer which would have significantly improved his Wales salary.

But the Football Association of Wales rejected Hull's approach and Coleman, who has said that the 2018 World Cup campaign will be his last in charge of the national team, promised that he would never walk out on his country during a campaign.

With everything that happened in the summer the gaffer was always going to get linked to somewhere because we did such a good job. I wasn't surprised with that, but it's obviously great to still have him as the gaffer.

I'm sure there will be more speculation if we do well, but there's nothing you can really do about it. It's just important we do our job and work hard, get the results and see what happens.

We've spoken about the campaign coming up and what our goals are, so I'm sure it is as important for him as it is for us.

– Sam Vokes, Wales striker
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