Wales' forward Gareth Bale celebrates scoring the team's third goal during the Euro 2016 group B football match between Russia and Wales at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse on June 20, 2016. / AFP / PASCAL GUYOT
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The world's most expensive player, Gareth Bale of Wales, will face an aging goalkeeper looking for a club in Saturday's intriguing all-British showdown against fellow debutants Northern Ireland for a place in the quarterfinals of Euro 2016 .Northern Ireland, making their first appearance at a major tournament since the 1982 World Cup, advanced as one of the best third-placed teams, taking full advantage of the expanded 24-team format which helped the less-fancied sides win a moment in the sun.It cannot be argued that Wales are not highly dependent on Bale, the world-record 85 million pounds ($120 million) forward having scored seven of their 11 goals in qualifying before hitting three more in the opening phase of the tournament to top the scorers' table alongside Spain's Alvaro Morata.
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