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It was a bad mistake from Hart.

Joe Hart admits he should have saved Gareth Bale's free-kick

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When Gareth Bale lined up a free-kick against Joe Hart from 35-yards there weren’t too many people who believed the Real Madrid superstar would score.

Yes, Bale is pretty special when it comes to dead-ball situations but Hart is one of the best goalkeepers in world football - it would have to take an incredible effort to beat him.

It wasn’t even that good of a strike from Bale. The winger hit it hard enough but it didn’t swerve as it went over the England wall meaning the Manchester City goalkeeper should have made a fairly routine save.

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But, despite getting a strong hand onto it, Hart could only push the ball into the corner of his net.

It was poor from England’s number one and he was rightly criticised from pundits and supporters.

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At half-time, Hart must have been fearing the worst. There have been plenty of villains in previous major tournaments for England and it appeared that the ‘keeper could be next in line to be vilified by the nation.

However, he may have Roy Hodgson to thank.

After the boss made a double substitution at the interval - taking off Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane for Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge - England turned the match around.

England v Wales - Group B: UEFA Euro 2016

Vardy scored just 11 minutes after the he came on and Sturridge scored in the second minute of injury-time to give England a valuable three points.

Hart was seen amongst the celebrations after Sturridge’s winner and you can understand why.

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After the match, Hart took to Instagram to admit his mistake but also to declare his joy after being bailed out by his teammates.

He wrote: Wow, no doubt I should be saving the goal, but if this is the consequence then so be it. What an amazing feeling, pride, passion and belief from these guys. We did this together, on to the next #together #support #ontothenext#🦁🦁🦁”

The win means England sit top of Group B with one just fixture remaining - a clash against Slovakia on Monday.

They now know that three points would guarantee top spot and passage through to the last-16 for the competition.

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Topics:
Wayne Rooney
Wales
Euro 2016
England Football
Football
Premier League
Joe Hart
Manchester City

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