Gareth Bale was hailed by wales manager Ryan Giggs following the Real Madrid star retained their Euro 2020 qualification hopes alive against Azerbaijan.
Bale struck six minutes from time – his goal for his nation and his first 10 months – to give Wales a success and lift them within three points of Group E pacesetters Croatia and Hungary.
Anything but victory against Azerbaijan – ranked 109 from the entire world and 85 areas below Wales – could have been a tragedy for their hopes of eligibility.
“Clearly Gareth has scored a lot of critical aims for Wales over the years,” Giggs said.
“Usually when he keeps grading, so that I was glad to see that he score for Real Madrid a week.
“Just enjoy the remaining lads he showed good character, kept going to the conclusion, I am very pleased for him.
“We were too hasty to get to the goal, too rushed. I’ve been in games like that before, you are never sure whether to stay or spin. There were not enough players in great form in the first half.”
Wales maintained a half-time direct that was fortuitous through the bizarre objective of Pavlo Pashayev.
The full-back was unaware that Bale shot spun in his direction and he headed it past goalkeeper Salahat Agayev that is advancing.
However, Azerbaijan equalised following 58 minutes with Neil Taylor and Wayne Hennessey both culpable through Mahir Emreli at a comedy of mistakes.
Giggs said:”I was not satisfied with the first halfof the We did not play well and we did not adhere to the game plan.
“I knew 1-0 would not be good enough, I was frustrated. We had a great deal of possession but the ball didn’t move .
“We weren’t patient and that’s what they’re good at, sitting back in their own contour, win the ball and sprint forward.”
But Giggs praised his side’s fighting qualities, including:”I’m delighted with the 3 points, together with the personality we have shown.
“We always work hard and we will discover from it. We’ll delight in this because it is not easy to acquire things in this group.”

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