Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Gareth Bale Double Gets Wales Out of Trouble vs Andorra

The hardly auspicious start to the Welsh campaign, however, doesn't augur well with a group consisting of World Cup quarterfinalists Belgium, Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus, who beat the Bosnians 2-1 away on Tuesday.

updated: September 10, 2014 13:16 IST
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Wales forward Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring a goal during the Euro 2016 qualifying round football match Andorra vs Wales on September 9, 2014 at the Municipal Stadium in Andorra.


Andorra La Vella: Real Madrid star Gareth Bale's double saved Wales's blushes as they came from 0-1 down to beat minnows Andorra 2-1 in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Tuesday.

Andorra -- who had not won in 51 competitive fixtures since beating Macedonia in October 2004 -- had taken a shock lead early in the qualifying Group B encounter in Andorra la Vella as Ildefons Lima converted a sixth-minute penalty after Neil Taylor pulled back Ivan Lorenzo.

It was Lima's eighth international goal and ended an Andorran goal drought in competitive matches stretching back 18 games.

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