WC Qual - UEFA

October 12, 2012



2 - 1


Group A

18:45 +00:00, October 12, 2012

Cardiff City Stadium

Referee: Florian Meyer (GER)

Bale: Wales now believe

Gareth Bale believes Wales' 2-1 win against Scotland tonight can kickstart them in their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign.

A double from Bale secured all three points and a first victory in Group A for Wales despite Scotland having taken the lead through James Morrison in the first half.

But star man Bale had the final say in the clash in Cardiff when he won and converted a second half penalty, before grabbing a stunning long-range winner with a minute to go.

Bale told Sky Sports 1: "We needed it, it's a kickstart to our campaign, hopefully it can inspire us now for the matches ahead.

"We all knew coming in it was a massive game for us. We let ourselves down as well as the nation last time out. We went a goal down but we fought back like men and it was a great result."

As for the winning goal he said: "There was a bit of space in front of me, I drove into it and no one closed me down. Some go in and some don't."

It was Chris Coleman's first win as Wales manager since succeeding Gary Speed and he admitted it was a relief.

The former Fulham boss said: "Overall, the performance over 90 minutes - if we had come away with nothing it would have been a travesty. Scotland scored against the run of play. Two great times to score, two great goals and a great player."

Of Bale he said: "When you've got that threat in the team then you always have a chance. We showed great belief, great character and great strength and got what we deserved."

He had some sympathy for opposite number Craig Levein when it appeared the officials had wrongly disallowed a Steven Fletcher goal which would have made it 2-0.

However, he added: "Over the course of 90 minutes there is always going to be a bit of controversy."

Levein described the decision not to allow what he believed was a good goal as a "body blow".

He said: "I haven't seen the incident but I believe the officials got it wrong.

"As the game panned out that second goal was absolutely crucial and not getting it was a real body blow.

"(When Wales equalised) we didn't feel we were under enormous pressure at all.

"I'm amazed we have come in and lost. I didn't feel we were under any threat."

Of Bale, Levein added: "We know how good a player he is. Once he gets into his flow he is very difficult to stop.

"From my point of view I am absolutely devastated. It is really difficult to take."

Scoring Summary

Wales Scotland
Gareth Bale (pen 81')James Morrison (27')
Gareth Bale (89')