Gareth Bale takes the limelight on Ryan Giggs' big day

China 0 Wales 6 Record-breaking Bale leads demolition job in perfect start for Giggs

China 0 Wales 6 Record-breaking Bale leads demolition job in perfect start for Giggs

I never dreamed of being a record-breaker for Wales.

"He'll go down as most probably one of the all-time great Welsh players".

"Giggs told BBC Wales it was "an absolutely fantastic achievement" for Bale, who could 'hurt any team in the world", to break Rush's record.

Not bad for a player who only scored two goals in his first 26 caps.

Bale had only arrived in China two days earlier after playing for Real Madrid on Sunday.

Ryan Giggs took off most of the dangermen after 70 minutes and there was a clear drop in intensity from Wales as the players seemed content to see the game out as professionally as they could. He sealed his hat-trick after the hour mark.

There was no doubt who was the star attraction at the Guangxi Sports Center as a huge roar greeted Bale's first touch.

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For China, their best player on the night was probably Wu Lei.

Latching onto a pass from Bale, the youngster cut inside onto his deadly left foot and sent the ball sailing into the far corner.

Madrid will be sweating over Bale's participation in China, with a Champions League quarter-final showdown against Juventus looming on April 3.

Giggs' men were in complete control and Sam Vokes poked home a third to all but confirm victory at the Cina Cup in Nanning.

Bale was desperate to score his first Wales treble and twice he tested Yan from distance with well-struck shots. That record has since been surpassed by Harry Wilson in November 2012.

Bale nearly got a second in the 17th minute as he chased a ball forward, but Shanghai SIPG goalkeeper Yan Junling sprinted off his line to clear the ball.

Bale must have known the clock was ticking on his involvement but the moment he had been waiting for arrived four minutes later. Ben Woodburn made a brief appearance, along with the likes of Chris Mepham and Tom Lockyer, to gain some invaluable experience and Yu Hanchao nearly had a spectacular goal for the hosts, only to be denied by a stretching Wayne Hennessey.

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