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China 0-6 Wales China Cup: Report from Giggs' first game

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Football Soccer - China v Wales - China Cup Semi-Finals - Guangxi Sports Center, Nanning, China - March 22, 2018 Gareth Bale of Wales celebrates after scoring a goal REUTERS/Stringer

China 0-6 Wales: match report

Ryan Giggs' tenure as Wales manager could not have gotten off to a more quintessential start. Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick, Sam Vokes a brace and Harry Wilson got one as his side beat Marcello Lippi's China team by six without conceding a shot.

They barely conceded a shot until later in the game either, to be fair. Giggs' side will now play either Uruguay or Czech Republic in the final of the China Cup. Aside from all the goals, the former Manchester United player and manager's Welsh side attacked from the first minute and played an intense, at times high-pressing, and versatile game that mixed long balls with methodical build-up play.

Bale, with his triple, overtook Ian Rush as Wales' top goalscorer with 29 goals to his name in his country's jersey. 

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It's Ryan Giggs' first game in charge as the Wales manager and he admits he's nervous. The former Manchester United caretaker manager plays against Marcello Lippi's China side in the first game at the China Cup in Nanning, China. Uruguay and the Czech Republic face off in the other semi-final and Giggs could be staring early silverware in the face if he can overcome a Lippi-led, China side, who could not qualify for the World Cup in Russia in June.

Gareth Bale has travelled and is expected to play a role but Aaron Ramsey is out and Joe Ledley, Ethan Ampadu, Tom Lawrence and Neil Taylor all withdrew too but Ben Woodburn could start as Liverpool fans get to see their great white hope in action.

Marcello Lippi says there is still a big gap between China and the likes of Wales but they are doing a good job of narrowing that chasm "as there is a big movement about football being carried out here in China." 

Chinese Super League clubs have been whipping up players for exorbitant prices for the last couple of years along with coaches and we will get to have a look at their improvement against a Wales side that made the Euro 2016 semi-finals a couple of years ago.


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