Bale: Wales showed how good we are

Chris Coleman’s men took a giant step towards Euro 2016 with an excellent win in Israel, but the Real Madrid star warned qualification is not yet secure

Gareth Bale has warned Wales there is still plenty of work to do after his excellent individual performance helped Chris Coleman’s side go top of Euro 2016 qualifying Group B with an excellent 3-0 victory away to Israel.

Real Madrid star Bale has been much maligned by the club’s supporters and the Spanish media in recent weeks as the Liga giants have struggled for form in 2015.

But the former Tottenham man was at his dazzling best in Haifa, assisting Aaron Ramsey to open the scoring before netting a stunning free-kick and rounding off the scoring in the 77th minute after Israel had Eitan Tibi sent off. 

Unbeaten Wales subsequently leapfrogged their opponents to go top of the group, but Bale wants no let-up as they look to qualify for the first major tournament since 1958.

“We knew what a big game it was. A top-of-the-table clash and we don’t often say that,” he told Sky Sports.

“To come out on top is amazing. We’re top of the league and we go on from here.

“The first half was hard and we did a lot of running. We closed them down well and the goal gave us confidence. We came out in the second half buzzing, we played good football and showed how good we are.

“We have put ourselves in a great position, but there is a lot of work to do yet. All we can do is keep fighting and working hard.”

One of the biggest positives for Wales was the excellent combination work between Bale and Ramsey throughout and the Arsenal midfielder is already looking ahead to what could be a crucial encounter against Belgium in June.

“We are where we want to be,” said Ramsey. “We have had a terrific start to the campaign and we hope we can continue that.

“We have a tough game against Belgium, but we are really looking forward to playing them in June.”

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