Vokes nets twice as Wales romp to victory in China


Gareth Bale's hat-trick ensured he surpassed Ian Rush's 28-goal record for Wales

Gareth Bale says becoming Wales' all-time record goalscorer could be "the best achievement" of his career.Bale's hat-trick in Wales' 6-0 win over China in the China Cup saw him reach 29 worldwide goals, one more than Liverpool legend Ian Rush.When asked where the record ranks in his illustrious career, Bale said: "It is right up there, maybe as the best."I suppose when I was a little boy I never dreamed of being a record-breaker for Wales".

It was an impressive start to the Giggs era, albeit against timid Chinese opposition, but the former Manchester United star is determined to raise the competitiveness in his squad.

"He's used to that", said Giggs. We don't want that any more. We played on the front foot and we were at it from the start.

"So it's about preparing the team as best I can with my staff, then you evaluate what you could do better and what you did well".

Bale was later replaced in the 63rd minute by Benjamin Woodburn.

Thursday's victory was Ryan Giggs' first game as Wales manager following his appointment in January, and Liverpool's Harry Wilson, now on loan at Hull City, also got on the scoresheet for the first time at global level.

Bale, who took his worldwide tally to 29 goals and ahead of former striker Ian Rush, struck in the second minute of the China Cup opener against the hosts in Nanning and added a second on 21 minutes. It's not just an individual thing, it's thanks to the whole team, everyone who I've played with and all the managers I've had.

"But Gareth has not only beat it, he will carry on scoring as he is a tremendous talent". It's a fantastic moment for him and he fully deserves it.

"We only had two days to prepare and it was hard because of the travelling".

It was also a landmark game for Reading defender Chris Gunter who became Wales' most capped outfield player after making his 86th appearance.

For Giggs, who kept the 3-4-3 system that served predecessor Chris Coleman so well and saw Vokes add his second before the hour, it was a serene introduction to global management, crowned by the man who has replaced and arguably surpassed him as Wales' world-class inspiration on the field.

"But what I did not expect was the performance of the team and that is my responsibility".

"I've been in contact with him all the last few months regularly".

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