Giggs Criticised Wales For 4-1 Defeat By Spain

Ryan Giggs has criticised Wales after they were stunned 4-1 by Spain in an international friendly on Thursday night at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

This was the first time since 2011 Wales had played at the 74,500-capacity stadium and it proved a big test for Ryan Giggs, especially without his Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale, missing with a groin problem.

But Wales were completely outplayed and the match was effectively over after less than half an hour, as Paco Alcacer scored a brace in the 8th and 29th minute and Sergio Ramos in the 19th as Spain seized on Wales’ dismal defending.

Marc Bartra added another for Spain in the 74th minute from a towering header and Bournemouth winger David Brooks came off the bench to score a consolation goal for Wales in the final minute, after he crossed and Vokes directed his header into the corner of Arrizabalaga’s net.

“We came up against a very good team,” Giggs said

“They are comfortable on the ball and when they lost it they got it back quickly – all the things we knew. The disappointing thing for me was not doing the basics. In football you have to do the basics right, even if you come up against an average team. But when you come up against a really good team and don’t do the basics right, you’re in trouble.

“There was so many mistakes – we conceded some poor goals. To concede that early against this team so early, you’re up against it and you have to chase.”

Giggs has promised Wales would improve before their Nations League trip to the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, although the chances of  29-year-old Bale playing in Dublin appear slim.

Giggs also has injury concerns over Chelsea midfielder Ethan Ampadu (knee) and Brentford defender Chris Mepham (glute).