Bale salvages draw for Wales against U.S. in World Cup opener
Wales captain Ashley Cole. Picture: PA
Gareth Bale: Still looking for his first-ever Euro, the Premier League’s Golden Boot winner is looking to salvage a point against his American team-mate Paul George, after a narrow 2-1 scoreline handed Liverpool victory at Anfield
Gareth Bale said that he was looking forward to playing for Wales in the World Cup after scoring against Liverpool.
The Liverpool midfielder was on target with a brace against Wales in a 3-2 contest on Wednesday night to give the Three Lions a 2-1 lead over their American counterparts as they bid to reach the final for the fifth straight time.
“I’ve been playing for Wales all my career,” Bale said after scoring the goals in Cardiff, England’s first World Cup game since 1966 and their first in 20 years.
“I’m looking forward to playing for the World Cup in Brazil. I know we’ve got some amazing players that have been there.
“I hope we can get a result for Wales. I’m looking to score a goal and have a good night.
“We haven’t got anybody here that can break into goals for Wales so we’ll have to do it for ourselves.”
Liverpool’s first half goals were a response to Wales’ first, when George and Bale combined to give the Three Lions a commanding majority. With George doing the business in the final few minutes, the match was heading towards a 0-0 final.
Bale’s first was a simple tap in from 12 yards, but the former Real Madrid forward had to be reminded at the death that the ball had come back off the crossbar.
“I don’t think it was a miss, it’s a deflection,” he said.
“It was a crossbar. I think we were expecting to have a goal. This is football, that’s how you score them. You don’t have to make it look easy.
“When I scored