Gareth Bale, Adam Lallana and Robert Snodgrass give the Home Nations teams a boost

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Updated: September 6, 2016
Football

Gareth Bale scored twice as Wales beat Moldova 4-0 in their first World Cup qualifying match on Monday.

After the game a confident Bale said: “It’s time to make some more history”.

His goals come in the second half when they were 2-0 up thanks to Joe Allen and Sam Vokes.

Chris Coleman’s side enjoyed an excellent Euro 2016 where they reached the semi-finals – Incredible considering it was their first major tournament in 58 years.

Wales’ last appearance at the World Cup finals was in 1958 when they got through to the quarter-finals only to lose to eventual winners Brazil 1-0 after Pele scored in the 66th minute.

Speaking to Sky Sports Bale said: “It was an important win for us to get off to a good start,”

He added: “We’ve enjoyed the past, it’s history now. It’s time to make some more.

“We know these games are very difficult – the teams can be difficult to break down – but we’re learning to cope with that sort of play.”

The Real Madrid forward has now taken his tally to 24 goals for his country and is enjoying a rich run of form with 21 coming in his last 31 caps.

Hi is now just four behind Ian Rush’s record for Wales – which realistically he will beat very soon!

Next up is Austria on Thursday 6th October when they travel to the Austrian capital Vienna for their next World Cup qualifier.

England

Adam Lallana gave Sam Allardyce his first win as England coach and celebrated his first ever England goal.

The Liverpool midfield player left it late – Deep into injury time his low shot squeezed under Kozacik just as it looked like Slovakia were going to get a point.

Whilst Allardyce said he would be happy with a draw against the hardest team in the group he would have been left disappointed had the Three Lions not won.

Especially considering the home team were reduced to 10 men after captain Martin Skrtel’s 57th-minute dismissal for stamping on Harry Kane.

Lallana had been England’s most dangerous player having already hit the post and forced Slovakia keeper Matus Kozacik to make an excellent save.

Scotland

Robert Snodgrass was the star man for Scotland on Sunday as his team scored a hat-trick in their 5-1 demolition of Malta.

Scotland’s last hat-trick hero was Steven Fletcher who scored trebles in both the games again Gibraltar in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

You have to go back to 1969 when Colin Stein scored the last hat-trick before ‘Fletch’ when he netted four times against Cyprus.

The Hull midfielder started off with a cross-come-shot which looped in to give the Scots the lead, but the Scots were left feeling a little nervous when Alfred Effiong headed an equaliser..

Chris Martin restored the lead before Snodgrass scored from the penalty spot as Jonathan Caruana was controversially sent off.

Snodgrass tapped-in his third after Steven Fletcher’s header and Malta then also saw Luke Gambin get sent off late on.

Northern Ireland also deserve a mention following their credible 0-0 draw away to the Czech Republic.

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