Wales Women win to move within point of World Cup play-offs

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Carrie Jones scored the crucial goal for Wales. (Geraint Nicholas/SPP)

Wales won 1-0 away to Greece to move within a point of securing second place in their FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying group.

Ceri Holland had an effort pushed away by Zoe Nassi for a corner but the breakthrough came in the 34th minute, when Carrie Jones stabbed home from a Gemma Evans header, after her initial effort was blocked.

Laura O’Sullivan had to make a save from Eleni Markou straight after, to keep Wales in front at the break.

Carrie Jones was unable to beat the keeper with a free header but it was her run that set up Angharad James for a 20-yard strike, which Nassi also saved.

Group winners France ran out 9-0 victors in Estonia with Ouleymata Sarr scoring four times, while Wales’ rivals for the runners-up spot – Slovenia – beat Kazakhstan 2-0.

Wales host Slovenia on Tuesday, backed by a likely 10,000 crowd inside Cardiff City Stadium, requiring just a draw to reach the play-offs for the first time.

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