The drab 0-0 draw was overshadowed by the horrific leg break suffered by Ireland’s Seamus Coleman, who has since underwent surgery and is looking at a lengthy rehab.
But just moments before the Coleman’s devastating injury, O’Shea was on the receiving end of a studs-up challenge from Bale, with the centre-back lucky to avoid a similar fate to Coleman.
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Bale was shown a yellow card for the incident, but speaking via beIN Sports, O’Shea said: “There is no problem getting a hard tackle but when people are very late, and stuff like that, it is a different story.
“When I saw it back, yes, I was a little bit annoyed. It was one of ‘them’.
“I have had plenty of stitches put in there. I was lucky considering what has happened to Seamus. On another night there could have been two red cards.
“In a derby game, you are going to expect some tasty tackles – but, as I said, within reason.
“I can’t remember how many stitches it was. The doctor had to stick some in deep and a few dissolvable ones on top. Hopefully it will heal quickly.
“Thankfully I am walking away from it, so no problem.”
Bale will now be banned for Wales’s crucial World Cup qualifier away to Serbia in June, and thankfully O’Shea managed to finish the game and walk away from the collision.
However, do you think Bale should have been shown a straight red card? Was his challenge nasty?