Crazybola.com – The Wales national team used to be Gareth Bale’s escape when he fell victim to Zinedine Zidane’s feelings of unfair treatment, and the Real Madrid player scored three goals to bring the Dragons to victory over Belarus in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers for the European zone.
A foul by Sergey Chernik in the fifth minute sent Bale tumbling inside the box and referee Giorgi Kruashvili blew his whistle before taking a look at the VAR screen. The referee then pointed to the spot and Bale did well. The score was 0-1 for Wales in their third matchday at the neutral stadium, Central Stadium in Kazan, Russia, on Sunday night (5/9).
But Belarus then hit back midway through the second half with two goals within 92 seconds of each other, in the 29th and 31st minutes. The first through Vitali Lisakovich’s penalty and Pavel Sedko’s second, assists by Lisakovich.
It should be noted that Wales are without their 13 main players and that may be the main reason they failed to perform well enough in front of Georgi Kondratiev’s boys last night. Aaron Ramsey and Kieffer Moore are among seven players who have had to miss out due to injury or exposure to the current health crisis, while three others are sidelined due to visa issues.
Defenders Connor Roberts and Ben Brancho have been injured for some time and midfielder Harry Wilson has been suspended for yellow card accumulation. Meanwhile Joe Rodon, David Brooks, Neco Williams and George Thomas were also sidelined through injury, while Brandon Cooper, Tyler Roberts and Ethan Ampadu all missed out due to visa issues, and goalkeeper Adam Davies was exposed to illness and Moore had to isolate due to one of his closest contacts. exposed too.
Just for comparison, Belgium, the leader of the European zone World Cup qualifying Group E, managed to beat Belarus with a score of 8-0 in the first qualifying match at the end of March 2021.
Robert Page’s children were dominant in the two rounds of the match in Kazan, Russia. They dominated the ball by up to 63 per cent for the first 45 minutes, but conceded the opposition’s first two strikes against Danny Ward.
The White Wings then looked different in the second half of the game, trying to defend to hold on to the three points, only one attempt at goal, no shots on target.
Meanwhile Daniel James and his friends increased their tempo and managed to score an additional goal from the penalty spot by – who else – Gareth Bale in the 69th minute. In the fourth minute of injury time the Los Blancos striker added one more goal from open play. The final score of 2-3 lasted until the long whistle.
It was the Real Madrid striker’s three goals in the last two years. After scoring four goals in the span of March 2018 to 2019, he only tore the opponent’s net in 2021. His most recent goal occurred in October 2019 against Croatia.
With this victory, the Dragons are still in third place in Group E of the European zone World Cup qualifiers with three games and 6 points, two wins and one draw, apart from one defeat, 3-1 at the hands of Belgium at the end of March 2021. One win before this was obtained against the Czechs with a score of 1-0.
Belarus meanwhile are fourth in Group E with 3 points, the result of four games, one win (4-2 over neighbors Estonia), and three defeats (1-0 at the hands of the Czechs and an 8-0 slaying by Belgium, apart from the night this is in the hands of Wales 2-3).