Euro 2016

Gareth Bale opens the scoring for Wales against Slovakia

Wales and Real Madrid striker opened the scoring for Wales against Slovakia in their opening Group B match with a superb free-kick

Gareth Bale opens the scoring for Wales against Slovakia
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Gareth Bale, Wales' main hitman, opened the scoring for Wales with a superbly hit free-kick after 10 minutes of their inaugural Euro 2016 Group B match against Slovakia.

There was no doubt it would be Bale to take it when Wales were awarded a free-kick on the right side, several yards outside the box.

Bale placed the free-kick past Kozacik

The Real Madrid man placed rather than blasted the free-kick, getting a peculiar effect on the ball, which dipped over the wall and flew past the hapless Kozacik in the Slovakian goal.

Bale's free-kickBale's free-kick goes past Kozacik

Bale's goal is the first Wales have ever scored at the Euros - this being the first time they've ever qualified.