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The last time Wales faced Slovakia in Cardiff, at a less than half-empty Millennium Stadium in October 2006, they suffered one of their most humiliating home defeats, yet there was a silver lining amid the wreckage of a 5-1 hammering. A fresh-faced 17-year-old by the name of Gareth Bale marked his third international cap with his first goal for Wales, curling a glorious free-kick into the top corner that afternoon in a sign of what was to come.
Fast forward the best part of 13 years and the tables have turned as Bale prepares to come up against the same opponents on home soil on Sunday as the longest-serving player in the Wales squad, the country’s all-time record goalscorer and, to borrow the Real Madrid forward’s own description of himself, as one of the “oldies”.
Source: Football News
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