0 Euro 2016: Wales' Gareth Bale bemoans 'worst pitch ever'

Wales' match-winner Gareth Bale described the pitch for their 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Andorra as "by far the worst I have ever played on". Real Madrid winger Bale, 25, scored twice, including a late free-kick, after Andorra had taken a shock lead from the penalty spot.

The opening Group B qualifier was played on a 3G artificial surface. "We knew it was going to be difficult from the word go. The pitch obviously wasn't great," said Bale.

Bale says it was the "worst pitch" he had ever played on "But it's the same for both teams and we said in the changing room before the game, no matter how we get the three points we get them and that's what we did."

The artificial pitch at Andorra's new national stadium had only been deemed suitable to stage the opening match of the Euro 2016 campaign six days earlier.

European football's governing body Uefa had been unhappy with the pitch after previous tests showed the ball rolled too fast on the 3G surface.

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