The Real Madrid forward is absent due to what manager Ryan Giggs described as “muscle fatigue”, but the Welsh camp still hope to have him back in time for Tuesday’s important Nations League encounter with the Republic of Ireland. Before that though, they get a chance to take on Luis Enrique’s resurgent Spanish side who are continuing their attempts to put their World Cup debacle behind them.
Wales are also without midfielder Joe Ledley and defenders Paul Dummett and Tom Lockyer, but Spain are not without their own issues. Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba will miss out along with Bale’s Madrid teammate Isco, while Diego Costa and Dani Carvajal are also not expected to feature. Follow the live action below…
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Wales counter after Rodrigo is dispossessed and work a three-on-three.
David Brooks drives inside and touches a lovely reverse pass to Connor Roberts, but Jose Gaya somehow recovers to nip in ahead of the Swansea right-back and concede a corner.
David Brooks cuts inside on to his left foot from the short corner but his shot is blocked.
Tom Lawrence tries an ambitious volley across goal. Kepa is quickly down to dive on to his low effort.
At the other end, Wayne Hennessey is firmly behind Rodrigo’s drive and is up quickly to gather Jonny’s headed follow-up.
An error from Jose Gaya, Aaron Ramsey pouncing and delivering an awkward stabbed cross.
Wales have a corner.
Spain continue to force chances. Rodrigo is lurking at the far post but Jose Gaya’s low cross is well cut out, before the latest introduction to the game overhits an inswinging cross and Wayne Hennessey rises to claim.
Final change for Spain: Suso has been rather impressive tonight and gets deserved applause from the away fans as Rodrigo joins proceedings.
David Brooks has started the season well at Bournemouth and has been Wale’s liveliest player since his introduction.
Tom Lawrence now attacks well down Wales’ right, worrying the Spain defence. Marc Bartra manages to dig out his cross and clear.
Strains of “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau” echo around the Principality Stadium as the Welsh fans try to lift their team as the game enters its dying embers.
Iago Aspas has the ball in the net again but is flagged offside. A tight one, that.
In to the final 15 minutes and the end can’t come soon enough for Ryan Giggs’ team. Spain continue to press relentlessly.
Spain have another change prepared. Their fifth of the night, with Wales having made all of their allotted six.
Paco Alcacer won’t get his hat-trick. Iago Aspas joins former Liverpool teammate Suso in Spain’s front-three.
Aaron Ramsey surges down the right and David Brooks gets a ball in to the box where Sam Vokes lurks and would divert home, were it not for a quite magnificent last-ditch challenge from Marc Bartra.
Wales’ brightest moment of the evening.
50,232 fans at the Principality Stadium tonight.
An excellent night for Luis Enrique so far. His team are playing some typically beautiful flowing football.
Spain again work the ball to Jose Gaya, and Alvaro Morata could perhaps do better at the back post.
He beats James Chester convincingly in the air but his header is poorly directed and comfortably wide.
Spain also have a player stripped and ready.
Time for those substitutions. Matthew Smith replaces Joe Allen, Tom Lawrence replaces Declan John and Jazz Richards replaces Ben Davies.
An international debut for Jonny of Wolves for Spain. More commonly sighted on the left for his club, he replaces Cesar Azpilicueta and will be deployed at right-back tonight.
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When is it?
Wales vs Spain takes place on Thursday 11 October at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
What time does it start?
The international friendly kicks off at 7.45pm BST.
Where can I watch it?
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football from 7.30pm BST.