Wales director Ryan Giggs hailed Gareth Bale after the Real Madrid superstar kept their Euro 2020 qualification hopes alive against Azerbaijan.
Bale struck six minutes from time – his 32nd goal for his country and his first in 10 weeks – to give Wales a 2-1 success and lift them within three points of Group E pacesetters Croatia and Hungary.
Anything but victory against Azerbaijan – rated 109 below Wales in 85 places and the world – would have been a disaster due to their hopes of qualification.
“Obviously Gareth has scored a lot of vital aims for Wales over the years,” Giggs said.
“Normally when he scores he keeps grading, so I was glad to see his score for Real Madrid a week.
“Much like the remaining lads he showed excellent personality, kept going to the end, I am really happy for him.
“We’re too hasty to reach the goal, also rushed. I’ve been in games like that before, you are never sure whether to stay or twist. There weren’t enough players in good shape in the first half”
Wales maintained a fortuitous half-time guide through Pavlo Pashayev’s odd own goal.
The full-back was unaware that the deflected shot of Bale spun in his leadership and he led it.
But Azerbaijan equalised through Mahir Emreli at a comedy of errors that are defensive.
Giggs said:”I was not pleased with the first half. We didn’t play well and we didn’t stick into the game program.
“I understood 1-0 would not be good enough, I was frustrated. We had a great deal of possession but the ball didn’t move .
“We weren’t patient and that is what they are good at, sitting in their own contour, win the ball sprint forward.”
However, Giggs commended his side’s fighting qualities, adding:”I am delighted with the 3 points, together with the personality we have shown.
“We constantly work hard and we will discover from it. We will delight in this because it’s not simple to win points within this group.”
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