Gareth Bale was a key player in Wales’ return to the World Cup this year after sixty-four years. The regular footballer scored two goals against Austria in the semi-finals of the reserve qualifier, and then against Ukraine, he scored the opponent’s own goal from his cross, which sent the Welsh national team to Qatar. The former Real Madrid player also emerged as a leader at the World Cup, he scored Wales’ first World Cup goal after a long wait, which was a point against the United States.
When Bale won the penalty, there was no question as to who would be responsible.
“There was no doubt in my mind.” I knew I had to take the shot and I was happy to do so, said the Welsh team captain. About the same, the national team captain, Rob Page, said: “it was a million percent” that Bale was behind the ball.
Bale admitted that the first half did not go well in the comeback for Wales.
– They played well, and we came up with a weak game. The boss carried us thoroughly during the break and we changed several things. Our performance in the second half was fantastic, it can give us a lot of confidence, said the Los Angeles player.
Wales have now played four World Cup group matches in their history, all of which have ended in draws. In the next round, against Iran, Bale wants a better result than this.
The Wales star was voted man of the match but still received criticism.
– His game was very flat, he lacked energy, he was not active at all. It was far from his best performance in a Welsh shirt, but he scored a very important goal again – assessed Bale’s predecessor, the former captain of the national team, Ashley Williams.
Roy Keane chose Bale and England captain Harry Kane for a completely different reason. According to the Irish legend of Manchester United, the two footballers should have accepted the yellow card by wearing the rainbow armband.
– They could have accepted the penalty in the first match, that would have been a real message. If they really got the yellow card, they could have stopped it after that, since nobody wants to be banned. But the two players made a mistake, said Keane, who excluded himself from the World Cup in 2002, when he left the Irish national team behind due to conditions that were not suitable for him.
Cover photo: Gareth Bale celebrates his first World Cup goal (Photo: MTI/EPA/Neil Hall)
Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.
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