batampos – Wales captain Gareth Bale says he and his team-mates must learn “black magic” to prepare for the Qatar 2022 World Cup later in the year.
“Dark magic” is the ability to prevent an opposing player from scoring a goal in the final minutes of a match.
This is after Wales suffered a tragic 1-2 defeat against the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League Group 4 match in Cardiff, Wednesday (8/6) local time.
Wales who had fallen behind early in the second half were able to equalize in the second minute of added time.
But two minutes later had to be willing to close the game empty-handed because of Wout Weghorst’s dramatic goal for the Netherlands.
The goal was the result of Frenkier de Jong’s effort sliding past several Welsh players in midfield before sending in the ball which was converted through Weghorst’s header.
Bale felt one of his team-mates should have prevented the Dutch from deliberately breaking De Jong’s fall to stop the opponent’s attack situation.
“After struggling to equalize only to concede again, it must have been stifling, but we have to learn black magic to bring down opponents,” said Bale, who was sent off in the 77th minute, in a post-match interview with S4C as reported by Reuters on Thursday. .
“We have to make this a lesson. If it happens again at the World Cup, we have to do what it takes… when it comes to a top team, don’t let the opponent punish us,” he added.
Welsh interim coach Rob Page admits that his team lacked a “street mentality” so they were trapped in naive behavior that led to defeat.
“Actually there is a big opportunity but we showed naivety in trying to secure a result. This is certainly a valuable lesson for the team,” he said.
Wales for the first time in 64 years are back in the World Cup finals after eliminating Ukraine in the qualifying playoffs.
In Qatar, Wales will be in Group B with the United States, England and Iran. (*)