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FORMER Dorchester Town striker Kieffer Moore's goal secured Wales a precious 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Estonia in Tallinn.

Current Cardiff striker Moore – who was later booked and will be suspended for next month’s home game against Belarus – prodded home from close range after 12 minutes.

Wales remain third in Group E behind leaders Belgium and the Czech Republic.

Wales may have to rely on their Nations League success to confirm their play-off spot.

Robert Page promised to select an attacking line-up with Wales having an inferior goal difference and goals tally to the Czech Republic, the first two deciding factors in the event of a tie.

Page had declared Wales would attack from the start to avoid a repeat of September’s Cardiff stalemate when Arsenal teenager Karl Hein proved unbeatable in the Estonia goal.

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Hein pushed aside a fine effort from Roberts before Moore’s seventh international goal gave Wales the lead.

Sergei Zenjov’s goal line clearance denied Aaron Ramsey after some pinball in the Estonia box but Moore was on hand to prod the ball home from a yard out.

Moore came close to doubling the lead with a cute flick at the near post.

But Wales were fortunate to escape when Harry Wilson played a square pass across the face of his own goal, leading to Joe Rodon's goalline clearance.

In what was an increasingly-physical contest which yielded seven bookings, Wales had another huge let-off five minutes into the second period.

Markus Poom’s superbly-delivered free-kick was met by the head of Erik Sorga just six yards out but keeper Danny Ward was relieved to see the ball just clear his crossbar.

Wales might have had a penalty when Moore was sent sprawling by Marten Kuusk’s flailing arm.

The evidence appeared clear as Moore’s nose was left bloodied, but play continued after a VAR review with a free-kick actually awarded to Estonia.

Wales were far from comfortable at the back and Ward produced an outstanding fingertip save to prevent substitute Vlasiy Sinyavskiy from equalising.

But the visitors held on and must now aim to leapfrog the Czech Republic with closing home games against Belarus and Belgium.