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Gareth Bale-inspired Wales lead Moldova a merry dance

Wales' Gareth Bale scores their third goal

By the end of the evening it felt more like an exhibition match as the Wales supporters worked their way through their full repertoire of songs, Chris Coleman responded to their requests for a wave and Gareth Bale and his team-mates strolled to the most comfortable of victories to get their World Cup qualifying campaign off to the best possible start.

Gareth Bale will break Ian Rush’s Wales record, predicts Chris Coleman

Wales' Gareth Bale in action

Chris Coleman believes Gareth Bale will break Ian Rush’s record and become Wales’ all-time leading goalscorer in the current World Cup qualifying campaign after the Real Madrid forward struck twice against Moldova to take his tally for his country to 24. Bale’s double helped Wales to a comfortable 4-0 victory, lifted him above Ivor Allchurch and Trevor Ford into outright second place and, most significantly, within four goals of Rush.

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Wales' Gareth Bale scores their third goal

Gareth Bale-inspired Wales lead Moldova a merry dance

By the end of the evening it felt more like an exhibition match as the Wales supporters worked their way through their full repertoire of songs, Chris Coleman responded to their requests for a wave and Gareth Bale and his team-mates strolled to the most comfortable of victories to get their World Cup qualifying campaign off to the best possible start.