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Final gasping Dutch defeat ‘hard to change’ for Wales captain Bale

03 Jul 2022 | 08:44

Gareth Bale praised his teammates but was disappointed after a Memphis Depay The target with the remaining seconds is sentenced Wales failed 3-2.

Bale’s side seemed to have earned an unlikely point in the first half Brennan Johnson a goal and an injury-time penalty from their captain made it 2-2 after Netherlands exceeded two goals.

However, Depay beat the home team on the final shot to earn all 3 points for the home team and keep Wales bottom of Group A4 and without a win.

While Wales hopes to learn a lot from this Nations League previous campaign World CupBale could not hide his disappointment when he could not get a draw to encourage morale.

“It’s hard to do but I’d rather this happen now and we deal with it rather than happening at the World Cup,” Bale told BBC Sport after the game.

“Of course we are disappointed that we conceded late, but we are competing with these big teams in every game.”

Wales have now lost 3 of their last 5 matches in all competitions, while they lost all 10 of their international matches against the Netherlands, conceding 29 goals.

But Bale was optimistic, saying: “It’s just the finer details that we need to work on. If we can do that, it will put us in a good position for the World Cup. “

Wales will be inactive between now and September, when attention will turn to trying to rescue their Nations League campaign in preparation for their first World Cup appearance since 1958.

Bale, meanwhile, will now focus on finding a club ahead of the new season.

Before Real Madrid the front laughed at the suggestion he might join Getafewith the city of Cardiff has been linked to the 32-year-old man.