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Bale proves his worth on the international stage (Video)

There have been suggestions in the past that Gareth Bale perhaps lack a touch of commitment to the Welsh cause, particularly after pulling out of a number of friendlies with little niggles and injuries. The allegations increased when Bale pulled out of Great Britain’s London 2012 Olympic squad, citing an injury that would keep him out of Tottenham’s pre-season campaign, only for him to line up in Andre Villas-Bas’ very first friendly in charge.

However, on a rainy night at the Cardiff City Stadium, Bale answered his critics and then some with a virtuoso performance that stole three points for Chris Coleman’s men from the jaws of defeat. In a Welsh performance that carried much effort but little in terms of quality, the Spurs winger was a shining light, consistently driving at the Scottish backline on either wing and always looking to take players on and cause havoc with his electric pace.

Bale had already gone close with a couple of rasping efforts, as well as put chances on a plate that were spurned by the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Steve Morison, when a typically driving run into the box brought his side a penalty. Closer inspection of Shaun Maloney’s “challenge” showcased that Bale had in fact almost tripped himself up, a sign of the all-too-easy falls to ground that are a black mark against the winger’s outstanding ability. However, the winger picked himself up and showed good composure under pressure to slot home.

Bale’s winner was simply out of the top drawer. Question marks may be raised against the Scottish defence, particularly Charlie Adam who offered little to no resistance as he allowed the Number 11 to drift past him. However, no one in the ground was expecting the 30-yard blockbuster that rocketed into the top corner and sent the Cardiff City Stadium and the Welsh bench in particular, into ecstasy. Chris Coleman’s first win as Wales manager was secured and almost solely down to the brilliance of Bale.

Despite the win, Wales still look unlikely qualifiers for Brazil 2014, particularly with Belgium, Croatia and Serbia ahead of them but on Friday night, Gareth Bale showed that at least for him personally, it would not be for the lack of trying.

Adam Mazrani