Bale brace sends Wales through to World Cup play-off final

Bale brace sends Wales through to World Cup play-off final

With brace from star Gareth Bale as Wales beat Austria 2-1 and qualified for the final of the European playoffs for the Qatar-2022 World Cup, this Thursday in Cardiff.

Nevertheless, Wales will have to wait several months to find out if they qualify for the World Cup, since the other match of track A of the playoffs, which had to face Scotland with Ukraine, was postponed until June as a result of the Russian invasion.

Despite not playing for Real Madrid, Bale paved the way for the British with a great goal from a free kick, a left-footed shot from the top of the area that slipped through the corner of the goal defended by Heinz Linder (25).

In a quick counter, the other star of Wales, Aaron Ramseyhad the chance to score the second before the break, but his left-footed shot went wide (38).

The second Welsh goal came early in the second half and again Bale was its author, with a great left-footed shot on the half turn from inside the area (51).

Austria reopened the tie after Marcel Sabitzer scored in the 65th minute. In the last half hour he put pressure on the locals looking to force extra time, but he did not succeed, saying goodbye to the World Cup dream.

If successful, it would be the second World Cup participation for Wales, who only played the World Cup in Sweden-1958, where the British team reached the quarterfinals.

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