Cometh the hour, cometh the man.
With the expectations of a nation firmly on his shoulders, Gareth Bale took no time to live up to the hype after firing home a free kick to score Wales’ first ever goal at European Championship just 10 minutes into their tie with Slovakia.
As soon as the referee awarded the free kick, you sensed that the position was primed for Bale’s left foot. Something the Slovakia keeper must have been fearing as he made a complete mess of it, diving the wrong way and caught off guard by the wicked swerve.
Watch Bale’s free kick in the below fan footage.