Saturday’s result certainly wasn’t ideal for Wales, but the country’s biggest star remains confident that he and his side haven’t had the last word yet in UEFA World Cup qualifying.
Despite leading up until the final five minutes of play in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Serbia, Wales conceded in the 85th minute when Aleksandar Mitrovic broke the hearts of the hosts.
Gareth Bale had given his team the advantage at the half hour mark after blasting his effort from outside the penalty area into the back of the net.
The Real Madrid attacker said that while he and his teammates are frustrated with their late-game drop in form that Wales is still firmly in the mix to qualify for Russia 2018.
“We are so disappointed at the moment, we played great in the first half but then we faded,” he told Sky Sports. “We dug in. It’s one of those things, you go so close at one end [as Bale hit the post] and then they go up and score.
“We believe we can still do it, we just need to keep working hard. At home we were confident, we were 1-0 up in the 85th minute, it’s two points lost.”
Wales currently sits third in Group D of their UEFA World Cup qualifying group, trailing leaders Ireland and Serbia through four matches.
The top side in each group automatically qualifies for the World Cup, while each second-place finisher will feature in a playoff match for the opportunity to advance to Russia.Follow @MattReedFutbol