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Winning Start For Welsh Duo

6 September 2016

Wayne Hennessey and Joe Ledley helped Wales get off to the perfect start in their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign as they thrashed Moldova 4-0.

Fresh off their heroics at Euro 2016 over the summer, Chris Coleman's side had high hopes of ensuring their quest to qualify for a first World Cup since 1958 began brightly with a convincing victory that leaves them top of the group.

Both Palace players started the game at the Cardiff City Stadium and it took the Red Dragons 38 minutes to finally break down their opponents, but goals from Sam Vokes and Joe Allen gave them a 2-0 lead at the interval.

Gareth Bale then added a third before Ledley departed the fray on 62 minutes with victory assured, before the Real Madrid man added a penalty with the last kick of the game.

That was Hennessey's 22nd appearance for his country during his time at Palace, which saw him overtake Carl Fletcher to become the Eagles' all-time most-capped Welshman.

Tonight sees the final international action of this particular break, with three of the club's stars aiming to add to their respective cap hauls.

After scoring last week against China, Chung-yong Lee should feature in South Korea's qualifier against Syria in Malaysia, before Steve Mandanda's France take on Belarus.

At the same time, Christian Benteke will be hoping to get the nod from Roberto Martinez as Belgium tackle Cyprus in Nicosia.

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