Five things missed as Wales defeat Turkey despite Bale penalty miss

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Wales put themselves in a prime position to qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2020 with an 2-0 win over Turkey in Baku.

Rob Page’s men were on top for the majority of the match and created numerous chances against their opponents.

After missing several opportunities, Aaron Ramsey finally broke the deadlock by squeezing the ball past Uğurcan Çakır following Gareth Bale’s sumptuous pass.

Bale then blazed a penalty over the bar in the second-half, but Connor Roberts netted in added time to put Wales top of Group A on four points, with Italy and Switzerland facing each other later in the evening.

Here, Daily Star Sport looks at five things you might have missed from the match…

TV trouble

With the match being played 3,000 miles away on the edge of Europe, it appeared that UEFA experienced serious trouble with delivering its world feed.

The pictures continually dropped out across the first-half, with viewers on BBC 1 at one point left with just one camera angle.

BBC commentary duo Steve Wilson and Robbie Savage also lost their connection, with the UEFA world feed commentators at one point taking over.

While there continued to be issues with viewers left with blank screens at some points, the problem was largely fixed by half-time.

Ramsey’s shooting nightmare

Before putting Wales ahead, Aaron Ramsey squandered two glorious opportunities to break the deadlock.

Eight minutes in, Ramsey was played through on goal, but instead of squaring it to Kieffer Moore for a tap-in, the midfielder went for goal and saw his effort saved.

Then, just under 10 minutes later, Ramsey found himself through on goal once again with just the goalkeeper to beat, only to blaze high over the goal.

Luckily for Ramsey and Wales, Turkey were unable to beat Danny Ward.

Bale given position change hint

Gareth Bale was handed a hint that he may have to change his position to continue to play at the top of the game.

The Real Madrid man lined up wide on the left of the four playing behind lone striker Moore in Rob Page’s 4-1-4-1 formation.

But it appears that Bale could be better placed playing in a deeper role for both club and country, as his attempt to break forward on 40 minutes failed in large part due to his lack of pace.

While he may not be able to lead those fast-paced counter-attacks, he could make a Wayne Rooney-type switch to midfield, with his assist for Ramsey’s opener showcasing his abilities in a deeper role.

Wales give back to their fans

It has been a long period without fans in the grounds for international matches, but they have finally returned for Euro 2020.

2,000 Wales fans made the long journey to Baku to see their heroes, with Wales giving back to them during the national anthems.

As their anthem Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (Old Land of My Fathers) started to play, the Wales squad turned side-on to face their supporters behind one of the goals.

It was a move which replicated the gesture they made before the draw against Switzerland in their opening game of the tournament.

Bale's double miss

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Bale was given a perfect opportunity to all but secure Wales' progression into the knock-out stages when he won a penalty late in the second-half.

He stepped up to take the spot-kick, but blazed his shot high over the bar to leave the score a 1-0.

The winger was given an immediate chance to right that horrendous wrong when the goal-kick fell straight to his feet.

But Bale once again put his shot away from the goal to leave Wales fans full of nerves heading into the final stages.

  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Gareth Bale
  • Wayne Rooney
  • BBC
  • Euro 2020
  • Real Madrid FC

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