Bale dis­ap­pointed with Wales draw

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WALES were des­per­ately un­happy to con­cede a late goal in Cardiff on Satur­day, said tal­is­man Gareth Bale after the home team were held 1-1 by Ser­bia in World Cup qual­i­fy­ing.

The draw left Euro 2016 semi-fi­nal­ists Wales third in Group D with six points from four games, four be­hind lead­ers Ire­land and two adrift of sec­ond-placed Ser­bia.

It was the third time Chris Cole­man’s side had squan­dered a lead in the cam­paign, hav­ing been held to a 1-1 home draw by Ge­or­gia and a 2-2 draw in Aus­tria.

“We are so dis­ap­pointed at the mo­ment. We played great in the first half but then faded,” said Bale who fired his team in front on the halfhour and struck the wood­work mo­ments be­fore Ser­bia’s equaliser.

“It’s one of those things, you go so close at one end and then they go up and score,” the Real Madrid for­ward told the BBC.

“It’s two points lost. We be­lieve we can still do it, we just need to keep work­ing hard.”

Mid­fielder Joe Led­ley said: “We are proud of our per­for­mance. It’s Ire­land away next and that’s a must-win.”

Ba le hit the post in the 85th minute and Ser­bia lev­elled 45 se­conds later when Alek­san­dar Mitro­vic con­tin­ued his fine run of form with a well-taken header. Vis­it­ing cap­tain Branislav Ivanovic said his side were pleased with the out­come. “It’s a very im­por­tant goal for us,” said the Chelsea de­fender. “We gave a lot of en­ergy and we can be more than happy with a point. “Wales are very dif­fi­cult to play, very strong on the counter at­tack and they scored an early goal. When you miss the chance to kill the game with a sec­ond goal it hap­pens so of­ten that you con­cede.” Ser­bia’s next game is against sec­ond from bot­tom Ge­or­gia on March 24 when Wales visit Ire­land and fourth-placed Aus­tria host Moldova. — Su­perS­port

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