Bale urges Wales to keep momentum going after Belarus win

Date published: Sunday 5th September 2021 6:14 - News Desk

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale has urged Wales to build on their momentum following Sunday’s dramatic win against Belarus.

Bale’s late free-kick winner in Andorra seven years ago spared Welsh blushes against the part-timers and sparked Wales’ incredible run all the way to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

After going nearly two years without an international goal, Bale was Wales’ hero again – converting twice from the penalty spot before squeezing home a winner in the third minute of stoppage time for a 3-2 World Cup qualifying victory in Kazan.

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“It was like Andorra in the first Euro qualifiers,” Bale told Sky Sports.

“To get that kind of last-minute goal, to get the three points and keep the momentum going.

“Hopefully we can keep that going into the next game. It’s massive because every game counts.

“We know these types of games are probably the hardest games.

“For one you’re expected to win and the other teams make it difficult.

“Everything was against us. It was not a good first half whatsoever, but I felt in the second half we really changed it and got on the front foot.”

The game was switched to Russia as Wales were unable to enter Belarus by air due to sanctions against the Minsk government.

Interim manager Rob Page – whose side host Estonia on Wednesday – was delighted by the character of his much-changed team.

Wales were without 13 players from their last competitive matchday squad against Denmark at Euro 2020 in June through a variety of issues.

“What pleases me is the resilience we showed,” Page said. “Sometimes you just have to find a way to win.

“What we have now is a team that will keep going right until the end and fight for that win.

“Thankfully we have done that and hopefully that will fill us with confidence.”

Wales were in real trouble after conceding twice within 90 seconds and Page said: “We went off the game plan after a good start but we addressed it at half-time.

“We lost our shape and Gareth got frustrated and was drifting inside.

“But the big players stepped up. Gareth was the captain and he deserves the plaudits he will get.”

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