If you’re ever locked in a discussion with someone who believes that Gareth Bale is overrated or thinks that his current status in the game is nothing more than a media creation, then point them in the direction of this goal.
We all know about Bale’s pace, his ability to beat full-backs, and his crossing ability, but he also possesses far more technique than he’s given credit for. Tottenham fans will be aware of that, because they’ve all seen the little touches and flicks which usually get left out of highlights packages, but others might not be so appreciative.
Like most of the goals which have featured in this mini-series, it takes someone who has played the game to truly understand how difficult a skill this is – to get the right angle on the ball, to make such a perfect contact as to not lose any control over the direction of the shot; every aspect of this had to be perfect, otherwise the ball would have landed high in the Britannia stands. There are so many moving parts to this, and so many different ways in which it could have gone wrong.
Don’t overlook the role played by Aaron Lennon too, because his shallow cross had to be absolutely precise in order for Bale to strike this first-time.