Gareth Bale: Wales forward risks further rift with Real Madrid over banner

“The first thing he thinks about is Wales, then golf and after that, Real Madrid.” Gareth Bale has been criticised in Spain for prioritising playing for Wales – and finding time for a quick 18 holes – over turning out for his club Real Madrid, and the forward certainly enjoyed himself after helping his country to the finals of Euro 2020. Bale set up Aaron Ramsey’s opener against Hungary and excelled throughout as Wales reached their third major tournament. The 30-year-old has not played for Real since 5 October and…

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Wales secured qualification for Euro 2020 as Aaron Ramsey marked his return to the team with two goals to inspire a joyous 2-0 win over Hungary.

Ramsey, starting for the first time in this campaign, headed in from Gareth Bale’s first-half cross to fuel a carnival atmosphere at a heaving Cardiff City Stadium. A superb double save from Wayne Hennessey kept Hungary at bay and then, 90 seconds into the second half, Ramsey calmly controlled the ball in the penalty area before stroking it into the top corner. Bale came close to adding a third with a fierce free-kick which fizzed narrowly over, while Ramsey was denied a hat-trick by Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi. But nothing…

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