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Wales boss Coleman gushes at performance of Real Madrid ace Bale

Wales manager Chris Coleman was full of praise for Gareth Bale after his stunning display in Wednesday night's 3-1 friendly win over Iceland in Cardiff.

The Real Madrid star provided an assist for James Collins' 12th-minute opener before scoring a sublime goal 20 minutes from time as the Dragons produced a winning result at home.

After the match, Coleman spoke highly of Bale after supporters got the chance to watch him courtesy of cut-price ticket specials.

"Well you'd pay a lot more wouldn't you?" he told Sky Sports.

"Some of the things he does are absolutely fantastic, it really is.

"Once we're in a game, if it's 1-0 to us, 1-1 or even 1-0 down, with him on the pitch, we just know we've got a chance to score and the opposition know that. That's a great confidence booster for us.

"He's an amazing player, a fantastic player."

Wales found themselves at 1-1 when Johann Gudmundsson's effort deflected off captain Ashley Williams before Bale's attempt on 64 minutes was blocked on the line by Kari Arnason but headed home by Sam Vokes.

The former Tottenham ace then wrapped up proceedings in the 70th minute with a fine individual display when taking possession in Wales' defensive half, cruising past a number of would-be tacklers before firing low past Iceland keeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson.

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