Bale a mas­sive loss to Wales

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

Wales’s chances of win­ning fall by 50% ev­ery time Gareth Bale is miss­ing, as he will be for the World Cup show­downs against Ge­or­gia in Tbil­isi on Fri­day and the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land in Cardiff next Mon­day be­cause of in­jury. Since mak­ing his de­but against Trinidad and Tobago in May 2006, Bale has played in 68 of Wales’s 101 matches. These have re­sulted in 33 wins (48.53%), eight draws (11.34%) and 27 de­feats (39.71%).

Bale has missed 33 matches, in­clud­ing three against the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land.

In his ab­sence, Wales have recorded just eight wins (24.24%), 10 draws (30.30%) and suf­fered 15 de­feats (45.45%).

The Real Madrid star has scored 26 goals at in­ter­na­tional level, in­clud­ing three at the fi­nals of Euro 2016 in France. Bale is also Wales’s top scorer in the cur­rent World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion cam­paign with four strikes in Group D (two against Moldova, and one each against Ge­or­gia and Ser­bia).

He has proved his match-win­ning value to Wales by scor­ing the de­ci­sive goal in five com­pet­i­tive fix­tures, most fa­mously against Bel­gium in Cardiff dur­ing the Euro 2016 qual­i­fiers.

Words: Paul Kelly

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