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Gareth Bale completed a dramatic hat-trick in stoppage time to hand Wales a late 3-2 win over Belarus on Sunday afternoon.
Rob Page's men initially took the lead out in Kazan when Bale converted a penalty after five minutes, only for Belarus to equalise 24 minutes later with a spot-kick of their own.
The hosts then went ahead just a minute later when Pavel Sedko punished some lackadaisical Wales defending, and with just over 20 minutes remaining it looked as if that strike would prove the winner.
That was before Bale swept home his second penalty of the day in the 69th minute, before he popped up with a last-gasp strike deep into stoppage time to hand the visitors a precious World Cup qualifying victory.
Mark Harris first raced through on goal and saw an effort cleared off the line, before Daniel James teed up the Real Madrid ace inside the box.
His shot went straight at Belarus goalkeeper Syarhey Chernik, who let the ball slip through his hands and into the back of the net.
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By netting three goals on Sunday, Bale has become the first Wales player to score a hat-trick for the national side since he last did so against China in March 2018.
Defeat in Belarus would have effectively ended their chances of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup following their opening defeat against group leaders Belgium.
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Fortunately Bale was on hand to keep their hopes alive, and the 32-year-old was delighted with the victory.
"It was a massive win. Every game counts and these kinds of games when you are expected to win are probably the hardest," he told Sky Sports.
"Everything was against us, it wasn't a good first half whatsoever, but I thought in the second half we really changed that and got on the front foot.
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"I thought Mark Harris had a big impact on the game and it was like Andorra in the first qualifier for Euro 2016, getting that goal will hopefully keep our momentum going and hopefully we can keep that into the next game.
"Qualification is alive, we lost to a very good Belgium team but it is important we win every other game. I know the performance and we all know the performance wasn't good enough in the first half, we corrected it more in the second half, we bounced back and showed character to get the result."
- Gareth Bale
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