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Gareth Bale scores twice, including a stunning free-kick, in Wales’ World Cup play-off win over Austria as anger for Spain’s Real Madrid ‘parasite’ grows


Gareth Bale proved to be the difference as his two excellent goals sealed Wales a 2-1 win over Austria in their World Cup play-off.

Wales drew blood at the Cardiff City Stadium in the 24th minute when Bale’s brilliant, plunging free-kick hit the net through the crossbar.

This Bale effort was like many of the strikes he produced at Tottenham
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Gareth Bale scores twice, including a stunning free-kick, in Wales’ World Cup play-off win over Austria as anger for Spain’s Real Madrid ‘parasite’ grows
The goal naturally sparked wild scenes
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Gareth Bale scores twice, including a stunning free-kick, in Wales’ World Cup play-off win over Austria as anger for Spain’s Real Madrid ‘parasite’ grows
Austrian goalkeeper Heinz Lindner also had no chance with the second goal
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And at the start of the second half, he doubled Wales’ lead with a soft strike into the top corner of the box after collecting the ball from team-mate Aaron Ramsey.

A Marcel Sabitzer goal halved Wales’ lead to set up a nervous finish but Rob Page’s men held on to go within 90 minutes of a first World Cup since 1958.

Wales will play the winner of Scotland’s draw with Ukraine, which was postponed until June amid the latter’s war with Russia.

It had to be Bale, given all the recent noise about his future at Real Madrid.

The 32-year-old is out of contract at the Bernabeu this summer and he’s highly unlikely to be offered a new deal.

He won a bunch of trophies with Real Madrid, however, his time at the club didn’t go to plan as fans generally didn’t take to him during his eight-and-a-half-year stay there.


Gareth Bale scores twice, including a stunning free-kick, in Wales’ World Cup play-off win over Austria as anger for Spain’s Real Madrid ‘parasite’ grows
Bale is kind of a villain at Madrid
Gareth Bale scores twice, including a stunning free-kick, in Wales’ World Cup play-off win over Austria as anger for Spain’s Real Madrid ‘parasite’ grows
But Bale will always be a hero in his homeland
Gareth Bale scores twice, including a stunning free-kick, in Wales’ World Cup play-off win over Austria as anger for Spain’s Real Madrid ‘parasite’ grows
Real Madrid are looking for Jovic but have yet to tweet about Bale
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There is no reference to Bale’s heroism on Real Madrid’s Twitter account, which praised Serbian striker, Luka Jovic, for scoring in their clash against Hungary.

Bale is truly a fringe player in the squad, having made just five appearances all season – although injuries have set him back this term and in previous campaigns.

The former Tottenham man missed Real Madrid’s 4-0 humiliation at home to Barcelona, ​​with Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti citing Bale “not feeling well” as the reason for his absence.

It was feared he wouldn’t be available for the game against Wales, but Bale confirmed earlier in the week that he would be playing.

This led to a furious reaction in Spain, with the Spanish media launching a scathing attack on him – Marca branding him a ‘parasite’.

Bale insists criticism is water off a duck’s back and has shown he still has a lot to offer on the pitch.

And he could have the last laugh if he represents his country in Qatar later this year.

Gareth Bale scores twice, including a stunning free-kick, in Wales’ World Cup play-off win over Austria as anger for Spain’s Real Madrid ‘parasite’ grows
Bale has stepped up time and time again for his country
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