Viewers of Wales’ game against Ukraine on Sunday night flocked to social media, to praise a key member of the former’s backline.
Robert Page’s men, of course, were back a short time ago.
In the country’s biggest outing for some time, the Dragons hosted the aforementioned Ukraine, aware that a place at this year’s Qatar World Cup was on the line.
And, in the end, securing their place at the most prestigious tournament in international football is precisely what Wales have done.
Although the Ukrainian visitors created a handful of presentable chances in front of goal, the hosts on Saturday held on, eventually emerging down the right side with a 1-0 scoreline.
The telling moment of the game came at the end of the first half, when Gareth Bale’s whipped free kick was returned into his own net by hapless Andriy Yarmolenko.
WALES IN THE LEAD! 🏴
Gareth Bale’s free-kick is diverted into his own net by
Andriy Yarmolenko! 😮 pic.twitter.com/cyj9ZrUlSK
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) June 5, 2022
In truth, however, it was the efforts of the Welsh stars at the other end of the pitch that really made the difference in keeping a still dangerous Ukraine side at bay.
Wayne Hennessey was in inspired form between positions throughout, with Liverpool talent Neco Williams also enjoying an unforgettable outing.
The Dragons’ standout performer, however, undoubtedly came in the form of Tottenham defender Ben Davies.
The versatile full-back settled to the left of Rob Page’s third back in Cardiff and completely dominated the 90 minutes, once again displaying his remarkable growth since Antonio Conte’s arrival in north London at the end from last year.
In turn, the reaction on social media has since been an absolute sight to behold, with just a few of the highlights featured below:
Ben Davies puts in one of the best defensive performances I’ve ever seen 😳👏🏻👏🏻
— Laayver!! ⚽✌️ (@laayver_Matt91) June 5, 2022
Ben Davies abandons one of the best defensive masterclasses in the history of the sport
— LP ⚪️ (@thfclp__) June 5, 2022
This Ben Davies performance is one for the history books.
— RC 🇯🇲 (@ReeceAC_) June 5, 2022
Ben Davies became the first Maldini #Wales
— Ian Jones (@JudgeJ88) June 5, 2022
Outstanding Performance by Ben Davies. Seriously leveled up since playing that LCB position under Antonio Conte
— Faz (@Retro442) June 5, 2022
Ben Davies could be the best LCB in the world
— Kulusexy (@SpursySwedish) June 5, 2022
Ben Davies was a colossus, the asshole was also brilliant against us at the end of the season and probably cost us the league!
—Jason Armstrong (@NiGhTVioLaToR) June 5, 2022
Ben Davies is the best defender in the world
—Scott Delaney (@Scott_delaney15) June 5, 2022
Ben Davies had to take performance enhancers. It’s insane.
— Ryan (@ryanthfc__) June 5, 2022
Ben Davies was amazing for Wales, Conte kind of turned him into a monster
— Alex (@imAlexRyan) June 5, 2022
Ben Davies could be the best footballer of this generation
— Kean 🌾 (@notverykeen) June 5, 2022
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