Video: Was Gareth Bale's freekick jinxed by Tal Ben Haim witchcraft?
Gareth Bale would have been disappointed to see his freekick late in the game against Israel disappear over the bar, and more so that his team managed only a 0-0 draw. But there were shenanigans afoot.
The Real Madrid forward lined up the shot like he had done so many times in the past, as he had so successfully done in training for all these years, yet when he struck the ball, it flew over the bar.
And then someone noticed it.
Had Bale been aware of the evil curse placed upon the ball by Tal Ben Haim II, would he have even attempted this shot on goal? After all, what chance does a humble Welshman stand against ancient Israeli dark magic?
Tal Ben Haim (II) - No.12, the Israel player not in the wall - puts a curse on Gareth Bale, and it works. pic.twitter.com/uy00mY11lC— Mark Jones (@Mark_Jones86) September 7, 2015
Sometimes referred to as "The Psyche Out".
We may never know the answer, but Ben Haim's legend will live on. As will the curse he placed upon Bale's freekick - a derivative of the kind of street magic his name sake Tal Ben Haim I probably used to see during his short spell at Sunderland, where city residents would regularly disrupt order and make things disappear.
Usually from shops.