Ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Wales on Thursday evening, it’s safe to assume that keeping Gareth Bale as quiet as possible would have been the number one thing on the Austrian coaches’ agenda.
The Welsh forward is one of the world’s very best players and can win matches single-handedly.
But while everyone knows how good Bale’s left foot is, how dangerous he is from set-pieces and how devastating he can be in the air, Austria were not prepared for the Real Madrid superstar’s secret weapon.
It turns out that Bale possesses a beast of a long throw.
The 27-year-old put it to good use on several occasions against the Austrians - and one long throw even led to a goal.
Video: Bale shows off his secret weapon
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Coleman: I didn't know Bale could do that
“I said to Balo I have been with him for four or five years and it was the first I have heard he had a long throw but it has come off,” Wales boss Chris Coleman was quoted as saying by the Mirror after the 2-2 draw.
“Sometimes you have to find different ways. I don't think the Austrians expected that from Gareth.
“We caused unrest in their backline and they looked uneasy with it and all our set plays.
“You have to score all types of goals.
“People look at us and expect us to play every game as if we are Barcelona or Spain after this summer but sometimes you have to pick a result up and play ugly.
“It wasn't one of our best performances but we found a way.”
Bale: I've always had the long throw in my locker
Bale, per the Daily Mail, added: “I’ve had a long throw for a while but we've only just brought it out.
“It was a nice surprise to use and worked to help us get that point.”
Bale has used his secret weapon once before
Bale, however, has unleashed the long throw to good effect on one occasion in the past.
Playing for Tottenham against Stevenage, the Welshman threw the ball a good 40-50 yards to Jermain Defoe, who scored.
Wonder if Zinedine Zidane will tell Bale to unleash his secret weapon during the next Clasico.
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