Gareth Bale can still make a difference in Welsh first-team football, although he may not always have done so in some seasons at club level.
Bale (32) once again proved that he is still his country’s top scorer on Thursday, after his brace gave the team a 2-1 win over Austria in the 2022 World Cup qualifying play-off semi-finals. . Bowl.
With this victory, the Welsh national team is one step closer to qualifying for the world final for the first time since 1958.
Victory over Austria means Wales will play in the final at home against either Scotland or Ukraine next June, with the winner earning a place in the final in Qatar later this year.
The semi-final match between Scotland and Ukraine was postponed due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Bale appeared in a few games for his team, Real Madrid, this season and was criticized for his absence from the big showdown with Barcelona this weekend in the Spanish league, but he once again performed fully at international level.
In yesterday’s match, Bale scored his country’s first goal in the 25th minute with a free kick from a distance of 35 metres, the ball going through a defensive barrier of the Austrian players to pass between the post and the goalkeeper and enter In the net.
“This is the best free kick I’ve ever seen,” said Wales manager Rob Page.
Bale’s role in his 101st international match did not stop there.
After a corner kick at the start of the second half, Bale took advantage of a hesitation in the opposing ranks and hit a powerful ball into the net to drive his team forward and make it 2-0 on the scoreboard.
“I don’t remember a match where (his country) didn’t go well, we are in this situation because of him, we have Frey who is focused on him, but he is still the lovely player of the team, his presence in the team It means he can win any game.”
In Spain, after this clear brilliance, the local media attacked the Welsh winger on Friday and compared his performance at club level with his performance at international level.
Some media accused him of stating that he had a back injury, which caused him to miss last Sunday’s summit match against Barcelona, which ended with the Catalan club’s 4-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in La Liga. Spanish capital.
“Go Home, Bill,” read the headline of an article in The S by editor-in-chief Thomas Ronsero.
This is the final year of Bale’s contract with Real Madrid, which he joined in 2013 after spending last year on loan at his former club Tottenham Hotspur in London.
The Marca newspaper attacked Bell in its headline, calling him a “Welsh interloper”.
And the Mundo Deportivo newspaper, published in Barcelona, said: “With Wales making sure that he will give the desired performance without any problem or pain, Bale revealed with the selection of his country his priorities.”
Bale’s current contract with the ‘Royal’ club expires next June.