Gareth Bale labeled the Spanish press as disgusting after their 2-1 win in the playoff semi-final against Austria at the Cardiff stadium. Bale scored a brace to put them within one game of a place at the Qatar World Cup. Wales has failed to reach the World Cup finals since 1958. A number of Spanish media outlets criticized Bale for linking up with the national team after his absence from the El Classico.
“I don’t need to send a message, honestly. It’s a waste of my time. It’s disgusting and they should also be ashamed of themselves. I’m not fussed. End of,” Gareth Bale said about the Spanish media outlets. “I had some cramp at the end which I guess is normal but I’ll run into the ground for this country and we all did that tonight. It’s fantastic. Half the job is done. The good thing now is that we can enjoy tonight because the game is in June. Still another very tough game against either Scotland or Ukraine and we’ll be ready for that when it comes.”
“It’s not been easy for him, but playing for his country means everything to him and you can see that the way he plays, he enjoys himself,” Aaron Ramsey said. “We are a great group here, we get on very well – we want to play and work hard for each other and he’s no different. He can produce moments of magic like that in the game. It means everything. Playing in front of these fans, what more could you want? We are one game away from the World Cup which is everything for myself, Bale, for the nation, and for the group of lads. This is what we want. We’ve come a very long way since the early days and this would just be the icing on the cake now for us to qualify for the World Cup.”