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Wales’ young guns blazed under the leadership of Gareth Bale

UEFA League of Nations started brilliantly for Gareth Bale’s Wales side in League B against Republic of Ireland. It was Wales new manager Ryan Giggs first game in a competitive encounter and former Manchester United player made full use of his experiences gained under Sir Alex Ferguson. Giggs started with young guns in his lineup giving youth brigade full chances to shine and Wales young guns blazed under the leadership of Gareth Bale.

Wales win 4-1 at the Cardiff Stadium against Republic of Ireland to avenge their last defeat against the Irish. It was Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 victory here last year, which kept Gareth Bale’s Wales out of the World Cup.

Now, Gareth Bale is fit and firing from all cylinder reminded Irish side that they are much more superior team than them. The experience of Gareth Bale, Joe Allen, Ashley Williams, and Aaron Ramsey combined well with the youth brigade of Ethan Ampadu, Ben Davies, Tom Lawrence, David Brooks, and Chris Mempham.

Tom Lawrence helped himself with a goal thanks to Joe Allen through ball after a good work by 17-year-old Chelsea midfielder Ethan Ampadu in the middle. Derby County attacking midfielder set the tone with his goal then talisman Gareth Bale made a statement with his brilliant kick from outside the box to give Wales 2-0 lead.

Bale collected a cross-field pass from Ben Davies to launch a counter-attack and his mesmerizing pace don’t buy much time for Republic of Ireland defenders to react before he launches his powerful shot from outside the box.

Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey handed Wales 3-0 lead before the half-time thanks to Ampadu brilliant work again in the middle. Ampadu set up Ramsey brilliantly to make a low-finish shot. Wales completely dominated Martin O’Neil side who were missing their key players, but still it’s a significant victory for Wales.

Wales striker Hal Robson-Kanu who did a Cruyff Turn at Euro 2016 took his retirement this year and it allowed someone like Lawrence and Brooks to shine. Ryan Giggs trusting his young legs brought in Connor Roberts in second-half and Swansea City young midfielder made his impact finding Wales fourth goal.

There was no place in team for Andy King, Joe Ledley, and Chris Hunter who made 63 appearances for Wales without a break. Paul Dummett also made an appearance only from the bench. It was a completely new Wales side where young guns made the most of their opportunity.

It could have been a clean sheet for Ryan Giggs on his home debut as a manager but Shaun Williams ruined his moment after Aaron Ramsey committed a mistake in the middle.

Young guns are blazing under the leadership of Gareth bale and few other superstars in team in Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen. The 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu was chosen man of the match. It only tells about the strength of this new looked Wales side. Gareth Bale must be happy about the start of his new era on the bench.

BBC writes, “This felt like a significant moment for Welsh football, a beginning in earnest for the Giggs era.

However, Ryan Giggs wasn’t fully satisfied with his team performance. He said, “The lads were magnificent, some brilliant goals and great football. I can’t be much happier. I enjoyed the performance and the goals but you always think you can do better. There were mistakes.”

He also praises young Ethan Ampadu, “Ethan is a talented player. Even more so than that, as a person, he’s so balanced and mature for such a young player. He’ll be a magnificent player.”

Gareth Bale also told Sky Sports, “We had to put a good performance in, first home game of the new regime. We wanted to show what we’re capable of and make a statement. We’re looking to win every game and win the group. The manager is trying to stamp his own style on the team. There’s lot to improve on but there’s lot to enjoy.

There is no argument that Wales will only get better under the leadership of Gareth Bale, if he’s fit and playing. His fitness has always been an issue, otherwise he almost score in every game for his club and country whenever he plays. He scored his 30th goal for Wales becoming the first Wales’ player to ever achieve the feat.

UEFA League of Nations other results

In other League B, group1 fixture, Ukraine beat Czech Republic 2-1.

Germany and France shared the spoil playing a 0-0 draw in League A group1 fixture.

Bulgaria beat Slovenia 2-1 in League C group3 fixture, and Norway beat Cyprus 2-0.

In League D, Georgia beat Kazakhstan 2-0 in group1 fixture, whereas Latvia played 0-0 draw against Andorra. In the same league, Armenia beat Liechtenstein 2-1, whereas FYR Macedonia beat Gibraltar 2-0 in group4.


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