Wales took another big step towards a guaranteed Euro 2016 place in France with a superb 1-0 victory over Group B favourites Belgium at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Chris Coleman’s side held the Red Devils to a highly respectable draw in Belgium and many observers felt a similar result would represent a great outcome from their Friday encounter.
Yet, to the delight of the home crowd, the Welsh managed to go one better as former Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale scored the only goal of the game, beating Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois from close range.
Both teams had a number of familiar faces, not least from the London-based clubs, with Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, Chelsea stars Courtois and Eden Hazard, plus Spurs ace Jan Vertonghen all in action.
Moreover, Crystal Palace had two representatives in Joe Ledley and Wayne Hennessey, the Eagles’ shot-stopper thwarting the visitors on a number of occasions.
But it was former Spurs star Bale who made the most telling contributions, putting his troubled Real Madrid form behind him to once again prove his world-class status while donning his nation’s colours.
The result puts the Welsh on the brink of qualification as they are now five points clear of third-placed Cyprus with only four rounds of fixtures left to play, one of those a home encounter with Andorra.
All in all, a fantastic evening for Wales and one which they should remember for a long time.