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Sunday 4 December 2016

Bale fires the Welsh to win

Wales took a massive step towards ending their 58-year wait for a major tournament appearance by beating Belgium 1-0 for one of the greatest victories in their history.

Gareth Bale's 17th goal for his country on the occasion of his 50th cap settled an incredible Euro 2016 qualifying contest played out before a sell-out 33,000-plus crowd at Cardiff City Stadium.

Belgium came into the game top of Group B, ranked second in the world and having lost only one of their last 17 matches - last summer's World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.

But Eden Hazard and company could not find a way through an organised home defence, even if they often laid a siege on the Welsh goal after Bale's 25th-minute strike.

Wales - who have not qualified for a major tournament since the 1958 - now have a three-point lead at the top of Group B.

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