Footage of Gareth Bale’s suffering while in the stands at last night’s clash between Wales and the Republic of Ireland has today emerged online.
The Dragons went head to head with Martin O’Neill’s side at the Cardiff City Stadium in their final Group D World Cup qualifier, with a place in the playoffs for next year’s summer showpiece up for grabs.
Wales were without talisman Gareth Bale, who last week picked up the latest in a long line of recent injuries, this time a problem with his calf.
He has been ruled out for around a month, leaving Chris Coleman’s other stars with an unusually heavy creative burden on their shoulders.
On the night, the home side were met by a stout Irish defence, who simply could not and would not be broken down.
Despite Wales’ best efforts, they struggled to carve out any real clear-cut opportunities, with James McClean’s brilliant finish following some stellar work down the right by Jeff Hendrick proving the difference in the end.
James McClean with an absolutely crucial strike for the Republic of Ireland vs Wales!
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) October 9, 2017
The result meant that the Republic of Ireland will continue to fight for a place at the 2018 World Cup, whereas Wales’ adventure has officially come to an end.
Sitting by throughout proceedings was Gareth Bale, who was recorded looking in absolute agony as he watched his country’s hopes slip through their fingers in excruciating fashion.
The Real Madrid winger’s reactions were all caught on camera, with Youtube channel MrRealmadrid7cr1 having put them together in a compilation this evening.
Check out the footage below (accompanying commentary is in Spanish):