Gareth Bale heaped praise on his Wales team as they overcame travel issues and a bad pitch to beat Belarus 3-2. Bale ended his own two-year scoring drought for the country as he scored a hattrick. His goal-scoring drought spanned 16 games and has now been involved in all their goals in the qualifying campaign so far. The team was faced with a number of problems including visa issues, suspensions, and a COVID outbreak.

“It was a massive win,” Gareth Bale said after Wales beat Belarus. “Every game counts and these kinds of games when you are expected to win are probably the hardest. Everything was against us, it wasn’t a good first half whatsoever, but I thought in the second half we really changed that and got on the front foot.”

“I thought Mark Harris had a big impact on the game and it was like Andorra in the first qualifier for Euro 2016, getting that goal will hopefully keep our momentum going, and hopefully we can keep that into the next game,” he added. “Qualification is alive, we lost to a very good Belgium team but it is important we win every other game. I know the performance and we all know the performance wasn’t good enough in the first half, we corrected it more in the second half, we bounced back and showed character to get the result. In the back of my mind, I was thinking about the missed penalty in the Euros, but it was great to score two tonight because they were important goals.”

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