Bale Sets Goals Record As Giggs Wins First Game As Wales Manager

Real Madrid forward Bale became Wales' leading scorer with 29 goals, surpassing the legendary Ian Rush in the process.

As a result, new Wales boss Ryan Giggs couldn't help calling him up for the round of worldwide friendlies in March and awarded him his very first start upon the visit to China. His opener even had the home supporters cheering and his second was gift-wrapped.

The 28-year-old has received a rapturous reception since the squad's arrival in Nanning and he thrilled those in attendance with a brilliant second-minute solo goal. The Burnley striker played in Bale, who needed no invitation to double his and his team's tally.

There was still time before the break for Wales to score twice more as Giggs's star man turned from poacher to creator. Then Bale teed up Wilson who curled the ball in.

Marcello Lippi's team found themselves a goal behind after a minute as Bale latched onto a ball over the top and curled past China goalkeeper Yan Junling.

Bale made his debut for Wales in May 2006, coming off the bench in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago to become the youngest-ever Wales global, at 16 years and 315 days.

The two nations had never met before and 45 spots separated 65th-placed China from Wales in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings.

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"Everyone obviously wanted to impress the new manager", Bale said.

"It is a massive honour and achievement for me", Bale told BBC Sport Wales.

"That's what we want, players looking over their shoulder".

And although they were faced with feeble opposition, Giggs' charges demonstrated their attacking potential with a potent display.

Giggs' men will now play in Monday's final of the China Cup friendly tournament, against the victor of the second semi-final between Uruguay and the Czech Republic on Friday. The possibility of Bale going up against Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani is enticing.

"He's used to that", said Giggs.

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