Date: 6th March 2014 at 8:23am
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Sam Vokes scored his sixth international goal in Wales` 3-1 friendly win over Iceland in the Cardiff City Stadium last night. Wales manager Chris Coleman named him in the starting eleven and he played the full 90 minutes. Real Madrid phenomenon, Gareth Bale the world`s most expensive player though was the star of the show. The former Spurs man set up the first two Wales goals then capped a man of the match display by getting their third. Bale created the opening goal in the 12th minute crossing for James Collins to head home from a free-kick. Iceland then equalised just before half-time courtesy of an own goal from Ashley Williams after deflecting a shot from Johann Gudmundsson into the back of his own net. Sam Vokes thought he might have given his team a chance to reclaim the lead just before the break. The striker had a strong plea for a penalty turned down after trying to latch onto King’s lofted through-ball, but Wales had to settle for a 1-1 score at half-time. Just past the hour mark in the 63rd minute though, Bale once again weaved his magic. After sprinting down the right wing and skipping past Ari Skulason he slid the ball towards goal with the outside of his boot only to see Kari Arnason get his body in the way to brilliantly block the ball on the line. The ball though sat up nicely for Sam Vokes who was on hand to head home from a yard out. Seven minutes later Bale finally and deservedly got on the score sheet himself to make it 3-1 after a driving run and classy finish into the far corner of the net. It was good night then for Wales and Vokes and the striker will now be hoping he can play a key part in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, which begins next September away to Andorra

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