Wales have so far experienced a wonderful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, achieving excellent victories over Cyprus and Israel and holding Belgium to a draw in Brussels.
But last night ultimately topped the lot, as a single Bale strike gave Chris Coleman’s men a massive three points over the Group B favourites and put them on the brink of qualification.
In his 50th appearance for Wales, the Real Madrid superstar slotted a right-footed effort through the legs of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and then defended valiantly to help his claim a famous victory.
Unbelievable result!! Huge thanks to all the fans for making it such a special night. Can't wait for the next 50 caps pic.twitter.com/ZdlpQldmi1— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) June 12, 2015
Since trading Spurs for Real Madrid, Bale has experienced a roller coaster time in the Spanish capital, winning the Champions League in his very first season and coming under immense scrutiny in the 2014-15 campaign.
Yet his form for Wales has remained consistent, where goals against Belgium, Israel and Andorra have helped his nation claim crucial points in an intriguing battle for qualification.
There is no doubt that World Cup representatives Belgium and Bosnia were the two favourites to advance directly from Group B, but differing results has seen Wales close in on a Euro 2016 spot.
With just four games remaining, two victories will all but see Chris Coleman’s men qualify, and with Bale in such form it’s difficult to see how they could possibly not finish the task.