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Ryan Giggs will now be preparing to lead his side into the final of the China Cup on Monday, where they will face either Uruguay or the Czech Republic.
All the talk will be about Gareth Bale but there was plenty that caught the eye from a Wales perspective. Goal-scorers Sam Vokes and Harry Wilson were both impressive, as was Joe Allen in the heart of midfield. Defensively the Dragons' were difficult to break down and Declan John was superb pushing forward.
Not a great performance from China, who came closest to scoring in the second half when Wayne Hennessey tipped a curling effort from Yu Hanchao onto the woodwork. Other than that, Marcello Lippi's side failed to offer much in the attacking third.
FULL TIME! A perfect start to life as Wales boss for Ryan Giggs as his side steamroll to a 6-0 victory over China in the semi-finals of the China Cup. Four first-half goals set the Dragons on their way and history was made with Gareth Bale's hat-trick, which saw him surpass Ian Rush to become the nation's all-time leading scorer. Sam Vokes also netted a brace and Harry Wilson celebrated his first international goal.
TWO minutes of added time to end the opening game of the 2018 China Cup, which has been a non-contest.
A lot of attacking intent from China since the break but a lack of quality, barring the moment where they struck the post. Wales have done well defensively to limit the opportunities for their hosts.
CHANCE! A corner is whipped into the middle by Woodburn but it's headed over the bar.
Not long to go now and any danger of me having a very delayed lunch due to the potential of a penalty shoot-out has passed. Wales have been brilliant today, although China haven't shown themselves in the best of light.
A half-hearted appeal for a Wales penalty as Lee Evans tumbles to ground under pressure but the referee isn't interested. There was contact and I've seen them given!
Giggs will be enjoying his first game as national manager and he's actually in some largely uncharted waters. Seven of the last eight different managers to take charge of Wales, including caretakers, have lost their first ever match with the Dragons. Giggs is set to join Bobby Gould in tasting victory in his first match.
Credit where it's due to China, they haven't given up here. They've found some joy in the second half attacking down the near side and only Hennessey's heroics could prevent a memorable goal.
OFF THE POST! China hit the woodwork! Yu Hanchao charges into the area and works an angle for a shot, curling with his right foot towards the far corner but Hennessey gets a decisive touch to keep the ball out of the net.
The visitors banging on the door again as Declan John bursts down the left, beating his defender for pace, and picks out Woodburn. The Liverpool man sees his attempted cut-back across the boss turned behind for a corner, which China deal with initially, but Williams picks up the loose ball and fires a shot at goal that Junling saves comfortably.
Wales storming their way through to the China Cup final on Monday. They'll find out their opponents tomorrow when Uruguay, the only nation in the tournament that will play at the World Cup this summer, tackle the Czech Republic.
China also make a change, Hanwen Deng replacing Feng Xiaoting.
Birthday boy Harry Wilson is also taken off, replaced by Norwich's Marley Watkins.
Another change in defence for Wales sees Lockyer earn his second cap, replacing Chester.
There's a debut I was just talking about. Brentford's Chris Mepham makes his introduction to the international stage, replacing Ben Davies.
China have of course pumped plenty of money into their domestic game but it's quite clear they lack quality on the international stage. Then again, there's many better sides in the world who would also struggle to keep Bale struggle when he's on form.
Just a reminder that we could see debutants off the bench in the form of Maxwell, Crowe, Roberts, Mepham or Bodin. I can't imagine a better scenario to make your international bow.
All caught up on substitutions after Ryan Giggs' trio of changes and Wales really could hit double figures if they continue at this rate. A big chance for some of the younger players on the field to make an impression.
The third change sees Joe Allen replaced by Lee Evans, who makes his second international appearance.
Sam Vokes missed the chance to get his hat-trick moments ago and won't have an opportunity to rectify that miss. He's taken off, replaced by Barnsley's Tom Bradshaw.
Bale has his hat-trick and his record-breaking goal, so his task is up. Ben Woodburn takes his place.
An assist for Allen, who has been brilliant, and it's his last contribution to the match.
GOAL! The record-breaking goal for Gareth Bale, who becomes Wales' all-time top-scorer with 29 goals! The Real Madrid ace beat the offside trap to latch onto Joe Allen's punt forward from inside his own half.
CHANCE! That should have been Vokes' hat-trick! A superb long ball fired forward from Bale and Vokes has found space again, vollying a placed effort towards the far corner but it bounces the wrong side of the post.
Ben Davies is down after a clash of heads into his defensive area but he looks to be ok. We've hit the hour mark and imminent changes from Giggs look likely.
Harry Wilson's superb birthday continues with an assist. He's really caught the eye today in his first start for Wales.
GOAL! It's five and Wales have another man searching for a hat-trick! Vokes beat the offside trap to latch onto Wilson's pass through the defence, giving the Burnley man an easy finish for his second goal of the game.
China finding some joy attacking down the left side and are throwing men forward as they seek to get something from the match but, once again, there's a lack of quality when they get into an area where they can see the goal.
Bale seems to have pushed further forward and into a more central position, as he seeks the space to potentially net a hat-trick.
Yet to really see anything in attack from Wales since the break and they've certainly taken their foot off the gas. That's not too surprising given their 4-0 advantage but Giggs will still want to see some desire in the final third.
CHANCE! China have an opportunity following a corner as Wei Shihao flashes a shot over the bar.
China back into their swing pinging decent balls around, rejuvenised following the addition of fresh faces, but they're still unable to cause their visitors any issues.
Right, we're all caught up after those substitutions. You can expect a few more before the finale and it's unlikely Bale will play the full ninety minutes. The question is whether he can break Rush's record before he's hauled off!
Zhao Xuri, the 32-year-old veteran, replaces Yu Dabao.
Li Xuepeng also comes on, replacing Wang Shenchao.
He Chao also enters the field for only his third cap, replacing Huang Bowen.
Gao Lin is also taken off, replaced by Yu Hanchao.
Changes at the break, with China replacing He Guan with Liu Yiming.
KICK-OFF! We're back underway, with Wales now attacking the left. China have made a plethora of changes, Wales remain with the same.
It's all going swimmingly for Wales and we could see history in the making. Bale's brace today has put him joint-level with Ian Rush at the top of Wales' all-time top-scorers list, with both boasting 28 goals. If the Real Madrid star remains on the field, he could take the honour for himself today.
China have been extremely poor and certainly not up to scratch, especially up against an in-form Bale. Their defensive performance has been woeful, with sloppy play conceding possession, and Lippi will want a response.
HALF TIME! A perfect first 45 minutes for Ryan Giggs as Wales manager as his side are tearing through China, putting one foot firmly in the final of the China Cup. A Gareth Bale brace got the Dragons on their way, with Sam Vokes then getting in on the act and Harry Wilson capping it off with his first international goal on his birthday.
Two goals and an assist for Bale, who's been excellent.
GOAL! The birthday boy gets a goal! Wilson makes it four with a superb finish, firing into the far corner with a curling shot with his left foot. He cut inside with ease and took his chance to net his first goal for his nation.
Another Wales corner is whipped in by Wilson, right into the heart of the six-yard box, but the defence get the ball away as we edge ever closer to the break.
China have been really poor so far and Lippi will be furious with his side. The legendary manager will surely expect more from his team in the second half.
SAVE! Chance for Bale to get his hat-trick as he fires an effort towards goal from outside the box but it's straight at Junling, who punches the ball away.
Wales' link-up play in the final third has been very impressive, with one-touch assists causing issues. King is the creator this time.
GOAL! That's three and it's not Bale! A cross from the right side is headed back across goal by King, with Vokes beating He Guan to the ball and stubbing an effort into the corner.
Wales not interested in using energy to chase down the ball when China have possession in defence, instead sitting back and soaking up any pressure that the hosts present. Admittedly, there's not much at all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bale already writing all the headlines but it's Vokes' second assist of the day, superb from the Burnley striker.
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.
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.
Crunching tackle on birthday boy Harry Wilson, who turns 21 today, and it allows Wales to begin another attack and win a corner.
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.
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.
SAVE! Sam Vokes forces Junling into a save but the flag is raised on the far side.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Superb work from Vokes to win that header and provide an opportunity for Bale to get forward.
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.
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.