I'm pretty sure that this wasn’t the result that Gareth Bale (or Wales for that matter), was looking for. During the build up to this match, Bale talked some smack. Unfortunately he and his mates couldn’t cash the check his mouth decided to write.
Wales would be up 1-0 with a beautiful free kick from Bale just before the half. That would hold until the second half when England subbed on Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge - both of whom would score. Sturridge would break the tie in the 94th minute.
This is Bale’s second free kick goal of the tournament. He’s now on a list of players that have scored from two free kicks in the Euros. One of those names on the list is none other than Real Madrid Manager Zinedine Zidane who did it in 2000 and 2004.
Gareth Bale By The Numbers
- 3 Shots On Goal
- 1 Goal
- 0 Chances Created
- 3 Passes in the 2nd Half
- 50% Aerial Duels (6-12)
- 60% Tackling (3-5)
Before we get to his actual passing, lets look at his heat map.
As you can see he was pretty much given free reign to go where he’s needed. Bale spent a lot of time on the right side of the pitch, though that didn't help much when he went MIA in the second half.
12 of 22? Outside his goal, Bale wasn’t much of a help for a Welsh team that really leans on him for their offense. It’s crazy looking at that passing map, so very un-Bale like to be sure. His best passing of the match, and it wasn't much was in the attacking third.
Wales didn’t have a lot of time on the ball as England had the lions share of possession. (63% to 33%)
Player Rating: 7.0
Whoscored.com has him as a 8.3 and MOTM. While he did score that free kick, he was largely absent in the second half. He did have a real nice run in the 10th minute dribbling past the England defense who were caught ball watching a bit, though his shot on goal was blocked, at that point he looked dangerous. Everybody has an off day and today was his day.
Looking for a rebound versus Russia.
Things I Learned
- England had never had a sub come on in the Euro’s and score. Today they had two.
- Until today when down at the half England had been 0-9-2.
- Bale has directly contributed to 37 goals for club and country in 2015/16. 22 Goals, 15 Assists.
vs Russia Monday the 20th (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET, ESPN2)