Gareth Bale was instrumental for Wales as they qualified for the World Cup tournament for the first time in over six decades. The Welsh team and 31 others would be one at this year’s World Cup tournament in Qatar. The last World Cup appearance for Wales was at the 1958 edition in the European nation of Sweden.
Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale scored a brace with a goal in each half as his Welsh team beat Austria 2-1 at home in their World Cup 2022 playoff semi-final tie to qualify for the playoff final. In their playoff final tie, Wales made the tournament in Qatar thanks to the 1-0 home win over Ukraine.
Gareth Bale was instrumental for Wales in the World Cup qualifiers, but the same thing can’t be said in the current UEFA Nations League campaign where he has one goal in three games. Bale and Wales are in Group A4 alongside the Netherlands, Poland and Belgium. Wales started their campaign in the group with a 2-1 away defeat to Poland. Gareth Bale was rested for the Poland game with the World Cup playoff final clash with the Ukrainians some days away. Poland came from behind to beat Wales and take the points available.
Bale made his first appearance in Group A4 of the ongoing UEFA Nations League as a substitute during the 2-1 loss at home to the Netherlands. He played the final 13 minutes as Burnley striker Wout Weghorst scored a late winner for the Dutch team. Bale made his first start during the 1-1 draw with Belgium. The attacker played 73 minutes before being replaced by Nottingham Forest star Brennan Johnson. Johnson then scored the Wales equaliser four minutes from time to cancel out the opener from Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans.
Gareth Bale scored his first goal of the current UEFA Nations League campaign as a substitute during the 3-2 defeat at the home of the Netherlands.