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Wales' Harry Wilson celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Wales' Harry Wilson celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

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Wales' Harry Wilson celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Wales secured promotion to the top tier of the Nations League with a 3-1 win over 10-man Finland in Cardiff.

Harry Wilson, Daniel James and Kieffer Moore were on target as Wales moved up to League A and virtually guaranteed themselves a 2022 World Cup play-off spot.

Teemu Pukki had halved the deficit to set up an anxious half-hour for the Dragons, but Moore's header six minutes from time eased Welsh nerves.

Finland needed to win to deprive Wales of top spot in Group B4, but they were forced to play with 10 men for 78 minutes after Jere Uronen hauled down Wilson with the forward through on goal.

Uronen had failed to deal with Danny Ward's long goal-kick and Spanish referee Jesus Gil Manzano was quick to brandish his red card.

Wales were unbeaten in 10 competitive matches, a record-matching run in their history, and had kept seven successive clean sheets in that sequence.

They went into the game as the only team not to concede in all four tiers of the Nations League, and with a one-point advantage over opponents who had won four games in the competition since a 1-0 Helsinki defeat to Wales in September's group opener.

Gareth Bale wore the armband while one short of 200 career goals and Wales made three changes from the side which edged out the Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

Meanwhile Man City's Phil Foden scored his first two goals for England as Gareth Southgate's side claimed a comfortable win against Iceland in the Nations League.

West Ham's Declan Rice opened the scoring in the first half at Wembley, glancing in a header from Foden's free-kick.

Mason Mount then stabbed in to make it 2-0 before Birkir Saevarsson was sent off for Iceland. Foden then hit a late double, firing into the bottom corner before hitting a superb strike from distance.

There was nothing riding on thegame with England's 2-0 defeat by Belgium on Sunday ending Southgate's side's hopes of reaching the Nations League finals


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