Wales manager Chris Coleman put Gareth Bale on a par with Lionel Messi after his Euro 2016 qualifying heroics spared Welsh blushes in Andorra.
A brilliant performance from Angel Di Maria spurred Argentina to a crushing 4-2 friendly win over world champions Germany in an entertaining rematch of July's World Cup final.
BOWLER Alex "Tattie" Marshall, who was Team Scotland's flag bearer at the closing ceremony, said the celebratory parade felt just as good as when he won his two gold medals.
THE shift in power within European football was underlined yesterday when two Bayern Munich players were among the nominees to be named the continent's top-three players, with Lionel Messi left out for the first time in eight years.
Scotland have added three more gold medals to their Glasgow 2014 tally.