'Disappointed' Bale says China Cup victory 'wasn't meant to be'

Tanya Simon
March 27, 2018

Nanning: Wales chief coach Ryan Giggs said in Nanning on Sunday that his footballers will need to be "even better" than they were in their 6-0 demolition of China if they want to win the China Cup International Football Championship on Monday.

Edinson Cavani is set to win his 100th cap for Uruguay in the China Cup final against Wales on Monday.

Giggs' side thrashed the hosts here in Nanning to reach the final, but Uruguay were always going to provide a much tougher test and so it proved. He's fit and well and will line up once more as Wales attempt to make it two on the spin for their new manager and win their first worldwide trophy since they won British Home Championship back in 1937.

Those pairing make a formidable force together and will surely give the Welsh backline a more stern examination than did their previous opponents and they're the bookie's favourites to win on the day.

Wales and Uruguay have only met once before, a friendly match in 1986 which finished goalless.

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Wales also asked early questions, with Sam Vokes sweeping Harry Wilson's teasing cross into Fernando Muslera's grateful arms.

It took less than two minutes for Suarez's threat to become obvious.

- Edinson Cavani has scored in four of his last five games for Uruguay - netting exactly once on each occasion.

As well as Ryan Giggs' debut in the Wales hot-seat, the tour afforded several players the chance to make their global debuts and others to gain further experience at the highest level, and Bale believes that can only be good for the future.

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