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FT: Wales 4 - 0 Moldova

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Wales built on their Euro 2016 heroics with a 4-0 victory over Moldova in their first World Cup qualifier match.

Wales struck twice late in the first half to take a firm grip on their opening World Cup qualifier against Moldova in Cardiff.

Moldova had defended stoutly until Sam Vokes reached Gareth Bale's 38th-minute cross to score with a powerful header.

Joe Allen doubled the lead a minute before the break with his first Wales goal after latching onto a loose ball from a corner.

Moldova's hopes of getting back into the contest were ended within five minutes of the restart when Ion Jardan was guilty of extreme carelessness.

Jardan played a ball blindly back towards his own goal, straight to the unmarked Bale who is not one to refuse such gifts.

Bale strode on and comfortably chipped Cebanu for his 23rd international goal, taking him into second spot on the all-time Wales list.

A second goal from Bale in the final moments - this time in the form of a penalty - finished off a comfortable night for Wales.

Ronaldo front-runner for UEFA’s best player award - Bale fifth favourite at 16/1

Christiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are shortlisted for UEFA’s best player in Europe award. Credit: PA

On the back of the shortlist being announced for UEFA’s best player in Europe, William Hill makes Cristiano Ronaldo the 1/4 favourite to bag the award.

He is quite some way ahed of Lionel Messi, who at 5/1 is the second favourite and third favourite Antoine Griezmann at 7/1.

Gareth Bale is fifth favourite, with odds 16/1.

Cristiano Ronaldo has helped both his club and his country to glory this season and for this reason, he is the clear favourite to win the best player in Europe accolade.

– Joe Crilly,William Hill spokesman


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Wales gear up for final warm-up match

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Wales will today play their final warm-up game ahead of their Euro 2016 campaign.

Chris Coleman's men will take on Sweden at Stockholm in a 3pm kick off.

The match could see two of the best players in Europe go head to head, if both Gareth Bale and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are fielded.


Gareth Bale looks forward to linking up with Wales after fitness scare

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Gareth Bale has declared himself ready for Wales' Euro 2016 campaign.

Bale gave Wales a huge fitness scare during Real Madrid's Champions League final victory on Saturday night when he was barely able to run during the 30 minutes of extra time.

The 26-year-old had a severe bout of cramp against Atletico Madrid, but he was forced to stay on the pitch as Real had used their three substitutes.

Bale still managed to step up and score in the penalty shoot-out as the Wales squad watched on anxiously from their pre-Euros training camp in Portugal.

Wales boss Chris Coleman names his squad this afternoon.

We are going to need him through this tournament definitely, it is on the world stage and everyone will be watching. He is a top player and he knows how to handle that.

His experience will be valuable in and around the dressing room when it comes to it. He has the most experience of all of us of big occasions, and normally he doesn't let us down.

– Ashley Williams, Wales Captain

Gareth Bale suffers knee injury ahead of Euro match

Welsh forward Gareth Bale has suffered a knee injury, his club Real Madrid have announced.

Bale was seen limping against Manchester City. Credit: PA

Real are one point behind leaders Barcelona in the Primera Division title race and it has been reported on the website that Bale will miss the penultimate league game of the season against Valencia on Sunday.

Following the tests carried out on Gareth Bale, he has been diagnosed with a joint strain in his right knee. His recovery will continue to be assessed

– Real Madrid's official website

Bale was influential as Real reached the final of the Champions League on Wednesday by beating Manchester City 1-0 in Madrid.

But the 26-year-old was later left limping in the win.

News of Bale's injury will also concern Wales fans as it comes little more than a month before they play their first game at Euro 2016 against Slovakia on June 11th.

Gareth Bale a dad for the second time to baby Nava

Gareth Bale has announced on social media that he has become a dad for the second time.

The Wales striker - who will miss this week's friendly match ahead of Euro 2016 - said the name of his new daughter was Nava.

Nava is believed to be a Hebrew name, traditionally meaning "beautiful".

Bale already has a three-year-old daughter Alba Viola, who was born in 2012.

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