Bale looking for more free-kick glory against Russia

Gareth Bale will be looking to make European Championship history tonight against Russia and net a third free-kick as Wales look to book a place in the last sixteen.

The Real Madrid star has netted a dead-ball strike in each of Wales’ opening games against Slovakia and England.

A third goal from a free kick would see him surpass Michel Platini, Zinedine Zidane and Germany’s Thomas Hassler for the record number of dead-ball goals and help Wales into the knockout phase.

The power and dip generated by Bale certainly made a fool out of England’s Joe Hart and now the Wales talisman has revealed how he recently changed his free-kick technique.

“I used to curl them before but I started a different technique because I found it more exciting. I found the curl a bit boring,” said Bale.

“This style of free-kick is more exciting. It can go 50 yards over the bar, but then it can look even better when it goes in.

“The ball is definitely different from the La Liga ball or the Premier League ball and when you do hit this one nicely it does move a lot. So you do feel for the keepers a bit, but it’s good for us.”

Despite the disappointing loss to England, Wales still have it all to play for as a win would see them top the group should England fail to beat Slovakia.

A draw, meanwhile, should also be enough to see Chris Coleman’s side through while Wales could still qualify as a third-placed team if they lose and England beat Slovakia.