Wales 0-1 Uruguay | Giggs suffers first defeat

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Ryan Giggs suffered his first defeat as Welsh manager as Uruguay beat them 1-0 to win the China Cup in China. The Uruguayans were good value for their win and secured the Cup thanks to Edinson Cavani’s second half strike.

Bale, who had played 63 minutes of the first game against China where he scored a record breaking hat trick, played the full 90 here, but could not find an equaliser against Oscar Tabarez’s men.

The only previous meeting between Wales and Uruguay was back in 1986 and ended in a goalless draw.

China 0-6 Wales | Bale scores record-breaking hat trick

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Ryan Giggs began his reign as Wales manager with a 6-0 win over China in Nanning that saw Gareth Bale become the country’s top scorer. Bale, who had scored the first goal of two of the three previous managers before Giggs, also netted the first of the former Man Utd star’s era. This was also Bale’s first international hat trick and the first by a Welshman since Robert Earnshaw’s treble against Scotland back in 2004.

The 6-0 win was the biggest win on debut for any Welsh manager and was also the heaviest international defeat for China manager Marcelo Lippi’s career. Continue reading

Real Madrid become first Spanish side to score 6000 league goals, beat Betis 5-3

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Real Madrid became the first Spanish side to score 6000 league goals, and the sixth team overall in Europe (other five all English, are Everton, Villa, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal) in their 5-3 win over Real Betis over the weekend.

Gareth Bale started the game and was subbed off in the 73th minute for Isco. Bale also received a yellow card- one of five Real Madrid to players to receive one. Eight players overall went into the book of referee Jesus Gil. Continue reading

Bale introduced from bench as Real beat Unai Emery’s side 3-1 in first leg

Gareth Bale came off the bench to help Real Madrid beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie. Bale was on the bench as coach Zinedine Zidane opted to start with Benzema, Isco and Ronaldo. The game was tied at 1-1 when Bale came on as a substitute for Benzema midway through the second half. Continue reading