Bale Double Seals Wales World Cup Playoff Final


A brilliant double from Gareth Bale took Wales to the brink of a first World Cup since 1958 thanks to a 2-1 win over Austria in Cardiff on Thursday.

Robert Page’s men will face Scotland or Ukraine for a place in Qatar later this year after Bale rolled back the years to again produce his best form for his country.

Bale’s stunning free-kick and strike into the top corner either side of half-time gave the home side a two-goal advantage.

A Ben Davies own goal halved Austria’s arrears, but Wales saw out a tense final quarter to move one match away from ending the 64-year wait to reach the biggest stage in football.

Bale has been nearly a non-existent figure during the final year of his contract at Real Madrid.

The 32-year-old has played just 77 minutes at club level since the last international break in November and irked his critics in the Spanish capital by declaring himself unfit for Madrid’s 4-0 defeat to Barcelona last weekend.

There was never any doubt about Bale making himself available for possibly his last shot at leading his country to a World Cup.


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