Bale nets hat-trick as Wales beat China in Giggs debut

Todd Singleton
March 24, 2018

Wales will now face the victor of today's clash with Uruguay and Czech Republic in Monday's final of the China Cup. On a personal note it's obviously great to break the record and on my daughter Nava's birthday too, but I couldn't have done it without my team-mates over the years.

All three goals were good finishes from Bale, who will go down as one of the nation's greatest players following his record-breaking goal haul-and his exploits during Euro 2016.

Just a few minutes later, #Gareth Bale made history with his third of the game, latching on to the end of a Joe Allen long ball, and his 29th Welsh goal to take him past the legendary Rush.

Giggs started Bale despite him making the 12,070km journey to China only on Monday and the former Manchester United winger opted for a three-man defence in a 3-5-2 formation.

Vokes scored again in the 58th minute but the sixth and final goal of the night was scored by Bale before he was substituted to a standing ovation.

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Latching onto a pass from Bale, the youngster cut inside onto his deadly left foot and sent the ball sailing into the far corner.

Bale's every touch had been cheered by the time he broke the deadlock two minutes in and the 36,543 who had come to see the Real Madrid star were not disappointed from his performance. The Burnley striker played in Bale, who needed no invitation to double his and his team's tally.

The 28-year-old has received a rapturous reception since the squad's arrival in Nanning and he thrilled those in attendance with a brilliant second-minute solo goal. He can hurt any team in the world."Once upon a time I think this was a record people thought would never be beaten."It's a fantastic moment for Gareth and he fully deserves it".

"It is a massive honour and achievement for me", Bale told BBC Sport Wales. "We were at it right from the beginning, on the front foot, and scored some fantastic goals", Giggs said.

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