A defeat in that game would have seen Chris Coleman become the first manager in the country's history to lose his first six matches in a row, but Bale's brace finally got their campaign off the mark.
They're likely to face a stern challenge in Ojisek on Tuesday against a Croatian team who have yet to be beaten in their opening three fixtures.
Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder David Edwards has returned to the squad following an absence for family reasons and is likely to go straight into the side in place of the suspended Aaron Ramsey. Meanwhile, the visitors have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the encounter.
Croatia are likely to be unchanged for the contest at the Stadion Gradski vrt following their 2-1 win over Macedonia on Friday.
Croatia: Pletikosa; Srna, Strinic, Simunic, Corluka; Perisic, Rakitic, Modric, Vukojevic; Jelavic, Mandzukic
Wales: Price; Williams, Davies, Gunter, Ledley; Blake, Edwards, Vaughan, Allen, Bale; Morison
Sports Mole says: 2-0