Watch as Gareth Bale Equals Ian Rush's Goal-Scoring Record for Wales

Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick to help Wales crush hosts China 6-0 in the opener of the 2018 China Cup International Football Championship and secure the first win for Ryan Giggs as the coach of Wales here Thursday night. "We were at it right from the beginning, on the front foot, and scored some fantastic goals", Giggs said.

They nearly unanimously believe that the time is nigh for Wilson to get his long awaited first-team opportunity next season having only picked up one senior appearance at the club so far.

Bale's stunning display saw him score twice before the break and he completed his first global treble in the second half, reaching 29 goals for his country in 69 appearances, surpassing striker Rush's tally of 28.

"I was not thinking about it, but now it has come it's an incredible honour and one of the best things I have achieved in my career".

When you are applauded by supporters almost 6,000 miles from home you must be doing something right and after overtaking Ian Rush as Wales's record goalscorer with a hat-trick in a thumping 6-0 victory, Gareth Bale was certainly deserving of the lavish praise afforded him by the Chinese crowd clearly besotted by the 28-year-old.


Bale opened the scoring for his country inside two minutes, with the Welshman seemingly shrugging off the injury concerns which have plagued him throughout his fifth season in Spain.

It was also a landmark game for Reading defender Chris Gunter who became Wales' most capped outfield player after making his 86th appearance. Conversely, this was the biggest margin of defeat for China's manager Marcello Lippi - a former World Cup-winning manager with Italy.

It was one-way-traffic during a match between two teams which both failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation. "I am not satisfied with the performance today".

"I've been in contact with him all the last few months regularly".

"But I need to see the good spirit of the players - and when you don't see this mentality and spirit it is going to be very hard".


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