Gareth Bale's brilliance brings relieving win for Wales
Wales 2, Scotland 1.
WALES breathed new life into their World Cup qualification campaign as Gareth Bale inspired them to a sensational victory over Scotland at The Cardiff City Stadium last night.
Bale grabbed both Welsh goals, striking first from the penalty spot with ten minutes remaining, before smashing home a stunning, last gasp winner.
That cancelled out a goal from James Morrison which had arrived just before the half-hour mark.
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The result was a fitting reward for a much improved Wales performance as Chris Coleman claimed his first win as manager and three vital Group A points.
Ashley Williams led the side out after replacing Aaron Ramsey as captain and was joined in the back four by club colleague Ben Davies who won a first international cap just weeks after making his first team debut at Swansea City.
After a high tempo start from Scotland, who were roared on by a ferocious travelling support that had just drowned out the Welsh national anthem, it was Coleman's side who had the first sight of goal when Bale sent a looping volley over the bar. Bale went even closer three minutes later, bending a left foot shot just wide of the post as he again emerged as Wales's most dangerous player.
The Spurs winger tore down the right, easily outstripping Daniel Fox for pace, and found a cross that Steve Morison somehow headed off target.
Almost as soon as play restarted Scotland were ahead.
A long ball forward was flicked on by Steven Fletcher and Morrison expertly finished past Price to put the visitors in front after 28 minutes.
Bale continued to rip down the wing, creating chances for Allen and Ramsey, while Steven Fletcher and Morrison squandered opportunities to extend Scotland's first half lead at the other end.
Wales found it hard to force their way through in the second period, with Scotland content to play a containing game to preserve their lead.
But the hosts did come close in the 64th minute when Ramsey tumbled in the area after collecting another Bale cross, only for referee Florian Meyer to wave away penalty appeals.
After that the game opened up.
Price had to be at his best to beat away a Morrison shot moments before Ramsey over ran the ball having been sent galloping in on goal.
Bale sent a low, angled drive whistling just past the upright and Fletcher had the ball in the Wales net before realising he had been flagged off side.
When Wales eventually made the breakthrough there was no surprise at who was responsible.
Shaun Maloney tripped Bale in the corner of the area and the Spurs wide man sent Allan McGregor the wrong way to equalise.
Then with just over a minute remaining, Bale picked up the ball 25-yards out and sent in a vicious, dipping shot that swerved into the top corner to send home fans wild.