Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts put Wales on the brink of Euro 2020 round of 16 after a 2-0 win in Baku, but they could have had a more comfortable ride if Gareth Bale hadn’t imposed a penalty horribly high second half from the target.
Bale was otherwise an inspiration for Wales and prepared Ramsey on several occasions before the Juventus midfielder finally made no mistake in the 42nd minute – Ramsey timed his run in the penalty area to perfection, kicked a ball deep and stabbed the ball home with insistence.
Shortly after the hour mark, Bale was knocked down by Mehmet Celik on the edge of the penalty area as he cut inside from the left. He stepped forward to take the shot himself, but his goal was awkward.
Despite the late nervousness, with Danny Ward having to save Merih Demiral well, Wales held on. Resisting a late storm, Bale then dribbled down the touchline in stoppage time from a corner before taking the departure from Connor Roberts, and with four points in two games they are now in an extremely strong in group A.
Ben Fisher’s match report at Baku Olympic Stadium to follow shortly