Chris Coleman’s side have not scored at a major international tournament since Terry Medwin’s strike in the World Cup 58 years ago but that did not deter Real Madrid forward Bale from trying his luck.
The former Tottenham Hotspur man stepped up from 30 yards out before taking his now iconic run-up, belting the ball past Slovak goalkeeper Matúš Kozáčik in front of the Wales supporters behind the goal.
Bale has scored 20 goals in 56 appearances for his country and won the Champions League twice since leaving White Hart Lane to join Madrid for £85m in 2013.
The 26-year-old then ditched his famous love-heart celebration to gallop into a mob of delirious Wales substitutes and staff members on the side-lines before regaining his composure and resuming play.
But how did Twitter respond to the Welsh wizard’s latest trickery? See below for our pick of the best tweets sent in the aftermath…
— Onefootball (@Onefootball) June 11, 2016
That’ll do. Amazing movement in that Bale free kick. Keeper frozen, didn’t move. 1-0 #wal
— ian herbert (@ianherbs) June 11, 2016
He’s a bloody rockstar!
— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) June 11, 2016
That dip by Bale.
— Dave O’Connell (@DaveOCKOP) June 11, 2016
All hail Bale. Wales lead!
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 11, 2016
Together stronger as long as Bale plays
— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) June 11, 2016
— Ian Taylor (@IanTaylor7) June 11, 2016
IT WAS SUCH BALE TERRITORY
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) June 11, 2016