Wales boosted their chance of reaching next summer's World Cup in Russia as they pipped Georgia, according to the Guardian. Tom Lawrence's stunner in the second half was just good enough to seal the victory for a well-coordinated Wales team. Gareth Bale led Wales dominated play throughout the encounter setting up promising chances in front of goal. The Dragons had several chances that would have extended the goal difference but squandered them all. However, the victory in Tbilisi, marked Wales first victory against Georgia. Wales is ranked second in Group D, a point behind group leaders Serbia, while Georgia is fifth with five points.

Here are the three things observed in the match.

Wales players were determined

The Dragons players were apparently focused and determined throughout the encounter. They attempted several goal scoring opportunities but were wasteful in front of goal. However, they were able to break the deadlock through Tom Lawrence's fine finish from close range. Wales is desperate of reaching next year's World Cup and the victory ultimately kept their hopes of an automatic World Cup qualification alive and in turn boosted their chance of reaching the playoffs. Indeed, the Dragons is up and ready to take on any team that comes their way in a bid to secure qualification to Russia 2018.

Tom Lawrence got it right for Wales

The goal marked Tom Lawrence first international goal for Wales. Lawrence's thunderous second-half strike apparently gave Wales the victory against a resilient Georgia team in Tbilisi. It was a better way for Lawrence to firmly establish himself in the Wales national team. Obviously, playing in the World Cup will be an adventurous experience for Tom Lawrence and even the Wales team.

Wales on the verge of making history

Undoubtedly, the victory against Georgia on Thursday night boosted Wales chances of reaching the World Cup. Qualifying for the World Cup is certainly Wales' priority, and they're an inch closer in actualizing that goal. This victory and a positive outcome against Ireland on Monday 9 October will strengthen the Dragons chance of competing in October's playoff matches.

Upcoming matches in Group D

In their last matches in the group, Wales will slog it out with the Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium on Monday 9 October. The same day, Georgia will take on group leader Serbia on the road. A win against Georgia will automatically earn Serbia a place at Russia 2018 World Cup.