Radio 4 presenter brands Wales ‘one man team’ following Bale hat trick
A Radio 4 presenter has branded Wales a “one man team” following Gareth Bale’s hat trick against Belarus.
English sports broadcaster Rob Bonnet made the comments on the Today programme while discussing Wales’ 3 – 2 win in the World Cup qualifier over the weekend, suggesting it was the case “whatever the denials”.
Wales found themselves in a perilous position in the game as they trailed 2-1 against a Belarusian side 70 places below them in the Fifa world rankings.
But captain Bale scored two penalties as well as last gasp winner in added time to snatch a hard-fought victory.
After discussing England’s qualifier first, Bonnet said: “Well that’s England. What about Wales, who won their away fixture against Belarus 3 – 2. All three goals from Gareth Bale, two penalties and a 93rd minute winner.
“And so John, whatever the denials, Wales still have the look don’t they of a one man team.”
Sports correspondent John Murray replied: “Well, they don’t need to apologise for relying on Gareth Bale, particularly when he delivers as dramatically as he did in that match in Kazan.
“This set of internationals has been beset by difficulties for Wales, but while they’ve got Bale, they’ve got hope. Even at the age of 32 he keeps delivering.”
He then discussed Wales’ chances of qualifying from its group: “Wales, they’ve got the world number one team Belgium in their group, who had a very good 3 – 0 will against the Czech Republic last night. But second place in the group is very much up for grabs for Wales.”
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