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China Cup: China 0-6 Wales – highlights

Ryan Giggs started his reign as Wales manager in spectacular style with Gareth Bale scoring a hat-trick in a 6-0 thrashing of China to become the nation’s leading goalscorer.

The Real Madrid forward, whose every touch was cheered by an enthralled home crowd, put Wales ahead inside three minutes with a fine run and finish clipped into the top corner.

Bale slotted in a second soon after to move level with Ian Rush’s mark of 28, before Sam Vokes’ deft flick and Harry Wilson’s excellent whipped effort on his 21st birthday gave the visitors a 4-0 half-time lead.

China PR 0-6 Wales
China PR 0-6 Wales

Vokes added his second and Wales’ fifth after the break, and then Bale sealed his hat-trick and surpassed Rush’s milestone with an assured low finish to complete the rout.

Giggs’ men will now play in Monday’s final of the China Cup friendly tournament, against the winner of the second semi-final between Uruguay and the Czech Republic on Friday.

Wales’ Giggs era begins with a bang

The significance of this job to Giggs was evident when he described his appointment as the “proudest moment” of his life, no mean feat for a man who won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League crowns and four FA Cups among others in a prodigiously successful playing career.

He also said he was more nervous about starting his managerial career in earnest – after four matches in temporary charge of Manchester United in 2014 – than he ever was as a player for United and Wales.

Ryan Giggs and Marcello Lippi
Ryan Giggs was making his debut as a manager, while China counterpart Marcello Lippi has won the World Cup and Champions League

Amid the pride and trepidation, there was also excitement at inheriting the finest generation of players in Wales’ history, having reached a first semi-final at a major tournament at Euro 2016.

And although they were faced with feeble opposition, Giggs’ charges demonstrated their attacking potential with a potent display.

Bale was the game’s outstanding player but that was nothing new for Wales. What might have been equally encouraging for the new manager was the emergence of lesser-celebrated squad members.

Rangers left-back and winger Declan John was sprightly on his return to the team after a near-four-year absence, while midfielder Wilson – on loan at Hull City from Liverpool – was making his first start since becoming Wales’ youngest player at 16 years old with a substitute appearance against Belgium in 2013.

The 21-year-old had not played for Wales since then, and capped an impressive individual display in Nanning with a superb first international goal and a neat assist for Vokes’ second.

Bale creates history

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale has now scored the first goal under three of the last four managers of the Welsh national team

Bale was greeted by hordes of adoring fans when he arrived at Nanning Airport on Tuesday, and the reverence extended to the opening fixture of the China Cup.

The Chinese supporters at Guangxi Sports Center – a 60,000-seater stadium which was a little over half full with an attendance of 36,533 – applauded enthusiastically and gasped in awe whenever the 28-year-old was in possession.

Bale’s first goal was a vintage effort of his, dribbling past two players and, despite being off balance, found the top corner with a curling shot.

The strike was met with a standing ovation from the home crowd, who were equally enthused when Bale rolled in his second to move level with Rush’s record.

With injuries hampering his season so far, some might have expected the former Tottenham forward to have been substituted at half-time – but there was no denying him his moment of history.

Picking up possession inside the China penalty area, Bale took a touch and struck firmly into the bottom corner before running to the travelling Wales fans to celebrate his record.

Man of the match – Gareth Bale (Wales)

Gareth Bale
Who else? A virtuoso individual display from Bale, scoring three excellent goals in his hour on the pitch

Wales records tumble – the stats

  • This is Wales’ biggest margin of victory since August 1996 when beating San Marino by the same scoreline.
  • Wales’ 6-0 win is the biggest win for any Wales manager on their debut and Giggs is just the fifth different manager to win by such a margin.
  • Ryan Giggs is just the second manager to win on his debut for Wales amongst the last nine (including caretakers) alongside Bobby Gould (does not include second stints for managers).
  • This loss was Marcello Lippi’s biggest margin of defeat as an international manager.
  • In their first game of the year Wales have scored as many goals in 2018 as they did in the whole of 2017.
  • Gareth Bale has now scored the first goal under three of the last four managers of the Welsh national team.
  • Bale’s hat-trick was his first at international level, making him the first player to bag a treble for Wales since Robert Earnshaw against Scotland in 2004.
  • Sam Vokes was directly involved in four goals against China; as many as in his previous 31 games for Wales.

What’s next?

Wales will face winner of Friday’s other semi-final between Uruguay and the Czech Republic (11:35 GMT) in Monday’s final (11:35 GMT).

Line-ups

China PR

  • 12Yan
  • 28Wang
    Substituted forLiat 45′minutes
  • 25He
    Substituted forLiuat 45′minutes
  • 6Feng
    Substituted forDengat 71′minutes
  • 3Zheng
  • 11Hao
  • 16Huang
    Substituted forHeat 45′minutes
  • 7Wu
  • 19Wei
  • 18Gao
    Substituted forYuat 45′minutes
  • 22Yu
    Substituted forZhaoat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Zeng
  • 2Liu
  • 4Li
  • 8Cai
  • 9Xiao
  • 13He
  • 17Fan
  • 20Yu
  • 21Deng
  • 24Zhao
  • 29Tan
  • 30Peng

Wales

  • 1Hennessey
  • 5Chester
    Substituted forLockyerat 71′minutes
  • 6Williams
  • 4Davies
    Substituted forMephamat 70′minutes
  • 2Gunter
  • 8King
  • 7Allen
    Substituted forEvansat 63′minutes
  • 14John
  • 11Bale
    Substituted forWoodburnat 63′minutes
  • 16Wilson
    Substituted forWatkinsat 71′minutes
  • 9Vokes
    Substituted forBradshawat 63′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Matthews
  • 10Bradshaw
  • 12Maxwell
  • 13Bodin
  • 15Evans
  • 17Watkins
  • 18Mepham
  • 19Roberts
  • 20Hedges
  • 21Crowe
  • 22Woodburn
  • 23Lockyer
Referee:
Mohd Amirul Bin Yaacob

Match Stats

Home TeamChina PRAway TeamWales
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home6
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away10
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

Posted at

Match ends, China PR 0, Wales 6.

Full Time

Posted at90’+3′

Second Half ends, China PR 0, Wales 6.

Posted at90’+1′

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Wales) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Woodburn with a cross.

Posted at86′

Attempt missed. Chris Mepham (Wales) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ben Woodburn with a cross following a corner.

Posted at85′

Corner, Wales. Conceded by He Chao.

Posted at81′

Foul by Marley Watkins (Wales).

Posted at81′

Zheng Zheng (China PR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at77′

Attempt saved. Yu Hanchao (China PR) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Li Xuepeng.

Posted at76′

Attempt saved. Ashley Williams (Wales) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Mepham.

Posted at75′

Corner, Wales. Conceded by Deng Hanwen.

Posted at72′

Offside, Wales. Wayne Hennessey tries a through ball, but Tom Bradshaw is caught offside.

Substitution

Posted at71′

Substitution, China PR. Deng Hanwen replaces Feng Xiaoting.

Substitution

Posted at71′

Substitution, Wales. Marley Watkins replaces Harry Wilson.

Substitution

Posted at71′

Substitution, Wales. Tom Lockyer replaces James Chester.

Substitution

Posted at70′

Substitution, Wales. Chris Mepham replaces Ben Davies.

Posted at70′

Ben Woodburn (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at70′

Foul by Zheng Zheng (China PR).

Posted at68′

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Wales) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Posted at63′

Substitution, Wales. Lee Evans replaces Joe Allen.

Substitution

Posted at63′

Substitution, Wales. Ben Woodburn replaces Gareth Bale.

Substitution

Posted at63′

Substitution, Wales. Tom Bradshaw replaces Sam Vokes.

Goal!

Posted at62′

Goal! China PR 0, Wales 6. Gareth Bale (Wales) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Allen with a through ball.

Posted at61′

Offside, Wales. Gareth Bale tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

Posted at59′

Ben Davies (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at59′

Foul by Wei Shihao (China PR).

Goal!

Posted at58′

Goal! China PR 0, Wales 5. Sam Vokes (Wales) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harry Wilson with a through ball.

Posted at56′

Attempt saved. Zhao Xuri (China PR) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Posted at54′

Attempt missed. Wu Lei (China PR) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Zhao Xuri.

Posted at52′

Foul by Sam Vokes (Wales).

Posted at52′

Feng Xiaoting (China PR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at51′

Attempt missed. Wei Shihao (China PR) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Yu Hanchao with a cross following a corner.

Posted at51′

Corner, China PR. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Posted at47′

Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Wales) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Posted at46′

Sam Vokes (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at46′

Foul by Liu Yiming (China PR).

Second Half

Posted at

Second Half begins China PR 0, Wales 4.

Substitution

Posted at45′

Substitution, China PR. Zhao Xuri replaces Yu Dabao.

Substitution

Posted at45′

Substitution, China PR. Li Xuepeng replaces Wang Shenchao.

Substitution

Posted at45′

Substitution, China PR. He Chao replaces Huang Bowen.

Substitution

Posted at45′

Substitution, China PR. Yu Hanchao replaces Gao Lin.


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