Gareth Bale keeps Wales’ World Cup hopes alive with Belarus hat-trick


Ben Fisher

Just as it seemed Wales’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup were in danger of drifting out of sight behind closed doors in Kazan, Gareth Bale completed his hat-trick to supply a winning formula. Wales did it the hard way – two disastrous first-half minutes saw them trail at the break – but Bale struck in second-half stoppage time to kill off a stubborn Belarus side that fell to the floor as the ball squeezed in beyond goalkeeper Sergei Chernik.

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