Bale puts Wales on the brink

Gareth Bale is expecting to secure Euro 2016 qualification for Wales after scoring a late winner against Cyprus that took them a step closer to the tournament in France.

The Real Madrid forward headed home the only goal of the match in Nicosia on Thursday to to keep the Welsh three points above Belgium at the top of qualification Group B.

"I don't think I had the best of games tonight but when there's a chance, hopefully I can tuck it in," he told Sky Sports. "Sometimes it happens like that. Luckily enough I did tonight and it has given us an important three points.

"We had a game plan, kept it tight and luckily enough we were able to nick a goal and that has put us in a great position."

Wales can now reach their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup if they can beat Israel at Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday, and the 26-year-old is confident in the team's ability to achieve that task.

"We're together and we know what our capabilities are," he said. "We're one unit and we know what we need to do now."

"We knew the task coming in and obviously there has been a lot of media surrounding us. We know what we have to do but we're a strong team.

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