Wayne Hennessey enjoyed a quiet game in goal for Wales as they reached the China Cup final by crushing China 6-0 in Nanning, getting the Ryan Giggs era off to a bang.
On the occasion of his 74th cap, the Palace goalkeeper had very little to do during what was a procession for the Red Dragons at times, with Wales racing into a four-goal lead by half-time thanks to a Gareth Bale brace and strikes from Sam Vokes and Harry Wilson.
Despite the result already secured, Hennessey would remain on the field for the full 90 minutes of Giggs’ first game in charge of the national side, and Vokes would add a fifth before Bale broke Wales’ all-time goalscoring record by completing his hat-trick, moving him ahead of Ian Rush at the top of the standings with his 29th international goal.
China only mustered three shots on target to trouble the Palace keeper, although the underworked Hennessey showed good concentration when was called into action on 78 minutes to produce a tremendous full-stretch save to tip a Yu Hanchao curler onto a post and maintain his clean sheet.
Tomorrow will see Wales find out who they will meet in Tuesday final when Uruguay and the Czech Republic face off for the right to contest the final, which will also take place in Nanning.