Only a handful of fans saw Moldova demolished by a strong Welsh side when both sides clashed in the World Cup qualifying round.

Wales humbled their guest 4-0 with star player Gareth Bale getting a double. The strong Welsh side defeated their opponents in a convincing manner, many would agree.

The Moldavian football side put up a spirited performance in the opening minutes but bowed to the consistency of the Euro 2016 semi finalists as the game wore on. Before the referee blew the whistle for half time, they were already two goals down courtesy of goals from Sam Vokes and Joe Allen in the 38th and 44th minute.

Real Madrid forward Bale added two more after the break in the 50th minute and in added time from the penalty spot. Moldova are a side that are used to losing – having lost 14 out of their last 20 games – but they tried as much as they could to regularly keep goals conceded to a minimum.

However, they could not stop their hosts from sending four in. In the last 20 games, they have only conceded just 26 goals but the four that went in against Wales would surely tip their average against them.

Bale is close to setting a new record for his national team side. He has netted 24 times in 62 games, now second only to Ian Rush who scored 28 goals in 73 games. The double he got against Moldovia ensured he moved past third place Wales top scorer’s list held by Ivor Allchurch and Trevor Ford on 23 goals. He was previously died to fifth place Dean Saunders who scored 22 times in 75 games.

Bales was also named the man of the match award winner as he intimidated the defence of the opponents many times over.