Gareth Bale spurs Wales to comfortable 4-0 win over Moldova

Gareth Bale set Wales on the path to reaching its first World Cup since 1958 as he scores twice in a 4-0 win over Moldova.

By: Reuters | Updated: September 6, 2016 12:16 pm
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Wales talisman Gareth Bale set up the first goal and scored twice, including a late penalty, as the Euro 2016 semi-finalists won 4-0 in their opening Group D World Cup qualifier on Monday.

The Welsh, who controlled the match in Cardiff, made the breakthrough seven minutes before halftime when Bale swung over a left-footed cross from the right and Sam Vokes headed home.

Joe Allen made it 2-0 in the 44th after a poor clearance from a corner fell to the midfielder on the edge of the box and he fired past three defenders for his first international goal.

Five minutes into the second half, Bale was quick to latch onto a poor back pass by Ion Jardan and raced into the box to neatly chip past goalkeeper Ilie Cebanu before scoring his 24th Wales goal from the spot with the last kick of the match.

“We know these games are very difficult,” said Bale. “We’ve played teams like this before who are very difficult to break down. We’re learning to cope with this kind of play against us a little better, we’re growing as a team.

“It was an important win for us to get off to a good start. We enjoyed the past, that’s history now. It’s time to make some more,” he added referring to their run at the Euros in France.

The win put Wales top of the group on goal difference from Austria, who won 2-1 against hosts Georgia in the early kickoff. Ireland drew 2-2 away to Serbia in the other match in the group.