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Millennium Stadium, Wales

Referee: Menashe Masiah

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Wales

  • Gareth Bale 21'
  • Sam Vokes 52'

2 - 1

FT

Austria

  • Marc Janko 75'

Bale buoyed by rare win

Gareth Bale believes Wales' friendly win over Austria has given them a much-needed boost ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Scotland next month, insisting his side's fortunes are turning.

Bale, 23, scored the opening goal for Wales, taking his tally to seven goals in nine games, and despite the low stakes of playing in a friendly match, the Tottenham winger believes a win was crucial.

"It is important to get a victory, especially at home and hopefully that will give us confidence heading into the qualifiers," Bale said. "We know Scotland is a massive game. We have not had the start to our campaign that we would have wanted, but we are going to fight all the way to get as many wins as we can."

Manager Chris Coleman had come under immense pressure after leading his side to just one win from seven outings before Wednesday and he was pleased with the determination shown by Wales.

"Wins have been hard to come by in the last 12 months, there has been pressure on us especially for me as I am the manager," he said. "When they pulled a goal back we could have folded but we stayed strong. We worked out socks off from Sam Vokes up front to Boaz Myhill in goal."

Although Coleman had the attacking duo of Bale and Craig Bellamy at his disposal, Aaron Ramsey was the most notable absentee after the Arsenal midfielder withdrew from the side with an ankle problem.

"I dont know if he will be ready for the weekend, it's a tough one but maybe if his calf setles down," Coleman said. "We maybe could have played him tonight but if something happens and we send him back injured it is not ideal. We are trying to build relationships with clubs.

"When the doctor looked at it and red-flagged it, we could not take that risk. He may have a chance for the weekend but I don't know."

Austria manager Marcel Koller admitted Bale had been the difference between the sides, and that the fixture had not been the preparation he wanted for their World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland.

"I would like to congratulate Wales, they played well, they were compact in defence and were good going forward, and Bale was the decisive factor in the game," Koller said. "They are in a difficult World Cup group but if they continue to work as they are they could qualify for a major tournament.

"The result was not good preparation for playing Ireland, but we wanted to play in the UK and experience the physcal aspect of the game here, so it was at least useful."

Scoring Summary

  • Wales
  • Austria
Gareth Bale (21')
Sam Vokes (52')
(75') Marc Janko

Teams

  • Wales
  • Austria
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Hal Robson-Kanu (90 + 1')