After being left out of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad against FC Barcelona on Sunday, Gareth Bale scores a stunning goal against Austria. This goal sends a message loud and clear to everyone that Gareth Bale is just not finished.
After being criticized for consecutive injuries and bad performances, one might have thought that Gareth Bale’s career has come to an end. But Bale thinks not just differently but has a much more focused approach towards Wales National Team.
While preparing himself for his first Qualifier match against Austria, in an interview with Sky Sports, he recently said, “What’s required is to not to go wandering off with our minds and thinking about the future, as we know it’s going to be a difficult game,”
The 4 times Champions League winner has all his hopes alive for a world cup though the chances may seem slim at the moment. This might be his last chance at the world cup since he would have turned 37 by the time of the next World Cup in 2022. He said,
‘It’s been a long time. It will only be regretful if we don’t give 100 percent and leave anything in the tank.
‘Once you’ve done that there won’t be regrets regardless of the result. Hopefully, our best will be enough.’
Watch Gareth Bale Score a Brilliant Brace against Austria
In World Cup Qualifiers where every team is fighting to get a spot for FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar, Wales has performed well against their first opponent. Fouled just outside the box and then having received a free-kick, Gareth bale wastes no time and spectacularly curls the ball into the near corner to give Wales a lead of 1-0.
Watch his brilliant free-kick here.
This was not the end of his wonderful performance, as he managed to score yet another beautiful goal in the 51’ minutes to complete his magical brace. The fans could be seen enthralled at the Welsh Dragon’s yet another remarkable performance.
Watch Gareth Bale completes the wonderful brace.
Other Teams Playing for World Cup Qualifiers
Other teams fighting for their place in World Cup include the Euro 2016 winner Portugal, 4 times world champions Italy, Poland, Turkey, and many more. To see the full list of teams playing the qualifiers, click here.
Italy, even though were fantastic in UEFA Euro 2022, but they still have a bigger task at hand as their final rival could be Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal who has not missed a single world cup since 2002. Portugal qualified for the 2002 tournament and has not missed a World Cup since.
They would have played the world cup right away this time too had it not been for a refereeing mistake that could come as very costly.
Why is Portugal Playing World Cup Qualifiers?
The infamous story of the disallowed goal of Portugal against Serbia in 2021 aroused a lot of criticism from fans and the media. In the very last minutes of the game, Cristiano Ronaldo managed to score a completely legal goal that could have sent Portugal directly to the World Cup 2022 that will be played in Qatar.
But unfortunately, the goal even though crossed the line was disallowed and disappointed every Ronaldo fan. Do remember that this might be the last world cup of his career and if he misses out on it, fans will see the worst endings to one of the greatest stories of football.
Portugal’s first match is against Turkey which might not seem a very dangerous opponent at first but prove to be lethal like every other small team with fewer expectations. On the other hand, Portugal has no option but to face Mancini’s fantastic Italy eleven.
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