Gareth Bale wins Wales 100th match in Belarus

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Gareth Bale became only the second player to earn 100 international caps for Wales when he opened his team’s 5-1 World Cup qualifier over Belarus on Saturday.

Charlton Athletic defender Chris Gunter is the only one who has represented Wales more times than Bale – who is already his nation’s top scorer of all time.

The Real Madrid forward played 45 minutes in Wales’ win on Saturday as they moved to a point to secure a play-off spot for next year’s World Cup.

Aaron Ramsey gave the Dragons an early lead in Cardiff, before Bale gave an assist to Neco Williams to double his advantage shortly after.

Bale was replaced by Nottingham Forest winger Brennan Johnson at half-time and Ramsey added a third from the spot just after the break.

Spurs defender Ben Davies made Wales fourth and Artem Kontsevoy took comfort for Belarus, before Connor Roberts ended the process.

Rob Pages’ team is three points ahead of the Czech Republic with only one match left to play in Group E. However, their last match will be at home against the table tops Belgium on Tuesday.

Chwedl. Legend. #TogetherStronger | @ GarethBale11 pic.twitter.com/ggvHwHGstj

– Wales ???????? (@Cymru) November 13, 2021

Bale made his senior debut in Wales as a 16-year-old back in 2006 and has continued with a glittering career with the national side.

He led Wales to their first major tournament in 58 years by qualifying for the European Championships in 2016, which made for a memorable victory in the semi-finals and ended up only for the final winners Portugal.

While they failed to reach the 2018 World Cup, Wales secured a place in the 2020 European Championships and reached the round of 16.

Bale has scored more goals than anyone else in the history of the Welsh national team and found the net 36 times – eight more than his closest challenger, Ian Rush.

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