Bale fears emerge as ex-teammate admits star “looked uncomfortable” vs Turkey

Former Wales captain Ashley Williams has claimed it was unusual to see Gareth Bale look “uncomfortable” moments before his penalty miss in Wales’ 2-0 win over Turkey.

Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts scored at the end of each half to secure a 2-0 win and take Wales on to four points from two games.

Skipper Bale also missed a penalty with the score at 1-0 – a wild effort which he later apologised to his teammates for – as Wales now focus on their final Group A fixture against Italy in Rome on Sunday.

Bale ultimately bounced back to help Wales secure a vital three points – but his former Welsh teammate Williams admitted it’s not often he has seen the Real Madrid star look nervous from the spot.

Gareth Bale missed a penalty but Wales were still able to overcome Turkey 2-0

Speaking to BBC after the game, Williams said: “Obviously I have played in training with him for years and every single penalty and free-kick he scored, he scores from anywhere!

“When the camera zoomed in on him he didn’t look comfortable as he normally does and I’ve never seen him run up to take a penalty like that so it’s interesting.

“I think that’s the first time I’ve not felt confident with Gareth.”

Bale put the disappointment behind him though and described Wales as being in a “fantastic position” to make the knockout stage of Euro 2020.

No team failed to make the last 16 at Euro 2016 in France having accumulated four points – and Bale was confident about making the knockout phase after this win.

“We’re in a fantastic position now,” Bale said after Wales had built on their opening draw against Switzerland. If you’d offered us four points after the first two games before the tournament started we definitely would have taken it.

“We’ve got one more game to go and it will be difficult. It’s a very difficult group. We are going to enjoy this victory for a day or so, get our recovery in, and look forward to Italy.”

Bale led Wales’ post-match huddle celebrations and apologised for his wayward spot-kick on the hour.

Bale with former Wales captain Ashley Williams back in 2018
Bale with former Wales captain Ashley Williams back in 2018

The Real Madrid forward has not scored for Wales since October 2019 and passed up the opportunity after he himself had been tripped just inside the area, blasting his effort over the crossbar.

“I just got under the ball too much,” said Bale, who had assists for both goals and created five big chances in the contest, more than any team in a single game at Euro 2020.

“It’s one of those things that happens in football and it’s not a nice feeling.

“But I felt I showed good character to keep going. I’m experienced enough to keep going and not let it affect me too much, and I showed that with the second assist at the end.

“It (the huddle) is something we do after the game. I made a funny joke for apologising for missing the penalty.

“After that we had a good chat because it’s nice for the players and backroom staff, who work so hard, to be involved.”

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