Watch: Bale hits glorious free-kick against Austria to put Wales in pole position in World Cup play-off

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Wales and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale put his nation ahead with a sublime free-kick on Thursday as the Dragons looked to advance to the final stage of World Cup qualifying at Austria's expense.

Bale has endured a season ravaged by injury in Spain, making just five appearances all year and a mere two since the start of September.

But his talent remains intact, as he demonstrated to give Wales a valuable 1-0 lead during the first half of Wednesday's clash.

Watch Bale's wonderful set-piece strike (UK & US only)

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