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Video: Bale plays key role in brilliant Wales goal vs Belgium

Wales had fans purring as they netted a superb early goal against Belgium in Wednesday’s 2022 World Cup qualifying tie.

Just 10 minutes had elapsed in the Group E clash at Leuven’s Den Dreef stadium when the visitors sent social media into a frenzy with a wonderfully worked team effort.

The attack began in Wales’ own half, with some beautiful one and two-touch football then ensuing, with Gareth Bale at the centre of the action.

The Tottenham loanee – who caused a stir this week by revealing that he planned to return to parent club Real Madrid in the summer – provided an initial stellar one-touch pass with the outside of his boot to find Connor Roberts.

Swansea’s Roberts then squared the ball back to Bale courtesy of a cute Harry Wilson dummy, with the Liverpool winger – currently on loan at Championship play-off chasers Cardiff – continuing into the penalty area and expertly slotting Bale’s second pass beyond the despairing Thibaut Courtois first time.

It was a goal of tremendous quality, but Wales supporters did not have long to savour it as Belgium quickly hit back with a terrific long-range strike from Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne, who was given far too much space to shoot beyond Leicester’s Danny Ward.

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To make matters worse for Wales, still coached by Robert Page with manager Ryan Giggs absent, Thorgan Hazard headed home Thomas Meunier’s right-wing cross just six minutes later to put the hosts in front after a crucial slip from Roberts.

Joe Allen also suffered an injury just eight minutes into his return to international action and was replaced by Joe Morrell.

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