Gareth Bale Pulls Wales To Euro 2016 After 56 Years

Gareth Bale Pulls Wales To Euro 2016 After 56 Years

By Joseph Emmanuel | Staff Reporter on October 14, 2014

Wales star, Gareth Bale, has said the 10-man victory of Wales was the product of hard work and determination of the collective win against Cyprus on Monday, October 13, 2014 to qualify for the Euro 2016.

His side played  with one man off as Andy King was sent off.

Gareth Bales side holds the top of Group B after the two goals from David Cotterill and Hal Robson-Kanu helped them to a win in Cardiff.

Wales were initially holding the possession of the match in the first 20 minutes with 2 steady goals up against Cyprus, but the opponent managed to gather momentum to pull one back before the interval through Vincent Laban,  as the hosts country ended up playing almost the entire second half with 10 men when Andy was sent off.

According to Bale, his side was able to pull through due to the commendable start which the team put out from the beginning of the qualifying games after going unbeaten in their two qualifiers during the international break and having held Bosnia-Herzegovina to a draw on Friday October 10, 2014.

“It was a great start from us again. We came out of the blocks firing, like we wanted to,” Bale told Sky Sports.

“We got a good start to the game, obviously a little mistake off a set-piece, but I think you can see how much the lads want it.

“It’s a different feeling in the camp now, everyone’s really fighting for each other, the team spirit’s amazing and the fans again were literally unbelievable.”

The Real Madrid star also believes Wales’ endeavour to continue perform better with 10 men during the game shows how desperate they are to reach a first major championship finals since the 1958 World Cup.

“I think you need a bit of luck sometimes. Obviously it didn’t go for us today, but I think we showed hard work,” he said.

“Since the sending off, we worked hard as a team. I think – again – we covered every blade of grass and showed how much we want it.”


Bale said the international break was a successful one for Chris Coleman’s men, giving them plenty of confidence for their trip to Belgium in November.

“It’s obviously a great place to be. I think the minimum from these two games was four points, we knew it was going to be a difficult game against Bosnia and a winnable one tonight,” he said.

“I think when guys like [Fulham youngster George Williams] come in, they do a fantastic job. It’s a big game against Belgium, and we’ll go there full of confidence.”


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