LIVE: China PR vs Wales

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35′ Declan John is having a superb game for Wales down the left side. He’s enjoyed a rejuvenation since moving to Rangers last year and he’s already showing that he can become a key asset in the national fold during the Giggs era.

33′ Wales easing towards the half-time whistle and you can expect some changes at the break, with another game still to come in just a few days time. Giggs will also be looking to protect his squad from injuries.

31′ Another chance for Wales, as Bale plays a superb ball through to Vokes on the far side of the box. He cuts back across goal where the ball is picked up by Swansea loanee King but he loses possession.

29′ I’m trying to ensure this doesn’t all become about Bale but it’s very difficult when he’s being left with the space he has here. He’s popping up everywhere and finding acres of room.

27′ Bale entered this game on a three-match goalless streak for Wales but he’s ended that here with ease. It’s a huge chance for him to improve his international goal tally.

25′ Wales in control here and almost in at goal again, as Andy King falls to ground looking for a penalty but a goal kick is given.

23′ Wales already with one foot in the China Cup final and it would take a brave man to bet against Gareth Bale bagging a hat-trick here.

S. Vokes

Assist

Wales

21′ Bale already writing all the headlines but it’s Vokes’ second assist of the day, superb from the Burnley striker.

G. Bale

Goal

Wales

21′ GOAL! It’s 2-0 now! China give the ball away poorly and Vokes pounces, unleashing Bale who charges through and slots home past Junling. It’s a cool finish but the hosts made it far too easily for him there.

20′ CHANCE! That should have been 2-0! Chester wins the first header from the corner, touching it towards the back post where Williams is in acres of space. However, he heads over the bar.

19′ Crunching tackle on birthday boy Harry Wilson, who turns 21 today, and it allows Wales to begin another attack and win a corner.

17′ SAVE! Wu Lei gets another sight at goal as he’s fed through but it’s a very poor shot in the end, making it a comfortable save for Hennessey.

16′ Wales are standing off defensively at the moment, allowing China to pass the ball into space, but Allen is there to mop up any danger as he drops back from his midfield role.

13′ SAVE! Sam Vokes forces Junling into a save but the flag is raised on the far side.

12′ China have responded very well since falling behind to the early goal from Gareth Bale and have kept their visitors restricted in the attacking third since. They’re lacking strength going forward though, conceding the ball sloppily.

10′ Interesting to see Wales’ shape, as Giggs has adopted the same back-five that became customary under Chris Coleman. They’re firm in defence with three playing centrally and are difficult to deal with in wide areas, utilising wing-backs.

8′ CHANCE! Half a sight at goal for China as they attack down the left, playing a ball into the middle that Wu Lei diverts over the bar.

6′ Wales putting China under a lot of pressure and Bale is already running rings around the the opposition. China are trying to get the ball moving with slick passing moves but Giggs’ defence has stood firm.

4′ On paper this should be an easy win for Wales and the early indications have suggested as much. The Dragons have dominated the ball but China just had a half-sight at goal, with Williams making a defensive mistake that put Hennessey under pressure.

S. Vokes

Assist

Wales

2′ Superb work from Vokes to win that header and provide an opportunity for Bale to get forward.

G. Bale

Goal

Wales

2′ GOAL! The perfect start to the Giggs era! Vokes heads it on towards Bale, who charges forward into the box and strikes home with his left foot. He’s been cheered with every touch he’s taken and the home fans enjoyed that goal too.

1′ KICK-OFF! We’re underway at the Guangxi Sports Center Stadium after the standard introduction of diplomats and the two national anthems. Wales get us started, attacking to the left in the first half.

Kick-off today is at 11:35, so don’t go anywhere! We’ll have all the action as it happens here.

Giggs’ biggest decision today is a first start for Hull City loanee Harry Wilson, who makes a return to the squad after last featuring in October 2013. Rangers’ Declan John also gets a chance to impress in what is his third cap, whilst Maxwell, Crowe, Roberts, Mepham and Bodin could make their debuts off the bench.

Lippi calls upon a fairly experienced China side today, with his entire squad being domestic based. Shihao is certainly one to watch as the 22-year-old boasts an impressive two goals in three international appearances.

Wales subs: Chris Maxwell, Michael Crowe, Adam Matthews, Connor Roberts, Tom Lockyer, Lee Evans, Ryan Hedges, Chris Mepham, Marley Watkins, Ben Woodburn, Billy Bodin, Tom Bradshaw.

China subs: Zeng Cheng, Wang Dalei, Deng Hanwen, Fan Xiaodong, Jiang Zhipeng, Li Xuepeng, Liu Yiming, Cai Huikang, He Chao, Peng Xinli, Wu Xi, Yu Hanchao, Zhao Xuri, Tan Long, Xiao Zhi.

Wales XI: Wayne Hennessey; Chris Gunter, James Chester, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies; Andy King, Joe Allen, Declan John, Harry Wilson; Gareth Bale, Sam Vokes.

China XI: Yan Junling; Zheng Zheng, Feng Xiaoting, He Guan, Wang Shenchao; Huang Bowen, Hao Junmin, Gao Lin, Wu Lei; Wei Shihao, Yu Dabao.

Team news has been issued, so we’ll get dug right in and see who Giggs has selected for his first game as manager. First though, it’s China.

Giggs comes up against one of the game’s most experienced bosses today, as China have been led by Marcello Lippi since 2016. Lippi led Italy to the World Cup in 2006 but failed to lead the Far Eastern nation to Russia this summer, finishing below Uzbekistan, Syria, South Korea and Iran in qualifying. He’ll remain in charge for the Asian Cup next summer but is expected to leave before qualifying for the 2022 World Cup commences.

Coleman’s resignation in November after Wales failed to qualify for the World Cup left the Dragons entering a new era and one with plenty of expectation, after their superb campaign at the European Championships in 2016. Manchester United legend Giggs was called upon, despite his only previous managerial experience coming as interim boss at Old Trafford in 2014.

Good morning and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the international clash between China and Wales. It’s the first game of the 2018 China Cup and the semi-final, with the second semi-final taking place tomorrow morning between Uruguay and the Czech Republic. More importantly, it’s Wales’ first match under the tenure of Ryan Giggs.

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