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Monday 18 December 2017

Andorran pitch has no concerns for Bale

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has promised Wales will forget the Andorra 3G pitch controversy when they start their Euro 2016 campaign in the Pyrenees tonight.

Andorra's artificial surface was only cleared to stage the opening Group B match last Wednesday after UEFA had ordered a series of inspections with previous tests showing the ball rolled too fast.

Ahead of the qualifier in the capital Andorra La Vella, Wales manager Chris Coleman chose to train his squad on traditional grass surfaces rather than 3G pitches for fear of his players picking up injuries.

But Bale insists the pitch will not be an issue as Wales seek to make a flying start against opponents ranked 199 in the world. "There's been a lot of talk about it (the pitch) but you have to put it to one side," Bale said. "Certain players and people don't like it and that's normal. But we have a job to do and when you're playing for your country, no matter where the game is or what it's played on, we're going to give 100 per cent and try to win the game."

ANDORRA v WALES, LIVE SKY SP 5 (KO 7.45)

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