Real Madrid fans blast "lazy" Bale as screamers edge Wales closer to World Cup

Real Madrid fans have blasted Gareth Bale for "lazy" performances in the Spanish capital after his screamers put Wales on the brink of a first World Cup since 1958.

The Dragons captain, 32, almost single-handedly edged Wales towards the Qatari tournament with two sensational strikes. First Bale belted in a sizzling free-kick from 25-yards that arrowed into the top right corner before doubling the home side's lead just minutes into the second half.

Receiving the ball in the penalty box the Welshman once again blasted the ball into the top right to send the Cardiff City Stadium into absolute bedlam. But one set of supporters have been left fuming with Bale's incredible display.

"Gareth Bale is very good but he only feels like it when he puts on the Wales shirt. What a player he is, but his laziness and little motivation have stopped him from being Real Madrid's standard-bearer after the departure of CR7," tweeted one disgruntled Los Blancos supporter.

"After this double of @GarethBale11 he will play 2 minutes in the remainder of the season with @realmadrid," jibed another.

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While a third added: "Not sure I am fully behind Bale's self-satisfied smugness! You would think being made to look lazy by Aubameyang might teach some humility."

Earlier this week Bale was blasted by the Spanish press as a "parasite" who was happy to sit on the bench and claim his £600k-a-week wages. The Welshman has played just 74 minutes in La Liga since late August but there were no signs of a lack of match sharpness in Cardiff.

Despite a late onslaught by Austria, Wales were able to hang on to go within one game of the World Cup in Qatar. Rob Page's side will face either Scotland or Ukraine in June for a chance to reach their first finals since 1958.

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