Bale injured as Real crash out of the Champions League

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Gareth Bale and Real Madrid were handed an early exit from the Champions League as AFC Ajax stunned them 4-1 at the Bernabeu to take the Round of 16 tie 5-3 on aggregate.

Real, aiming to recover from twin Cup and league set backs against arch rivals Barcelona, instead crashed to defeat at home, which saw the end of their recent domination of the Champions League.

Bale came on as a 29th minute substitute for Lucas (when Ajax were already 2-0 up), but was injured later in the game- a suspected ankle problem that could again see him on the sidelines.

Like over the weekend, Marca weren’t very complimentary to Bale for his performances in the game. He wasn’t the only one though- more than half of his team mates were “not rated” by the newspaper.

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Bale scores from the spot as Real Madrid down Levante 2-1

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Gareth Bale scored the winner from the penalty spot as Real Madrid beat Levante 2-1 in Valencia in their last game before the twin Clasicos against arch rivals Barcelona.

Real had taken the lead through Karim Benzema’s 43rd minute penalty but Levante equalised on the hour mark through Roger Marti. A controversial penalty was awarded to Real by Ignacio Iglesias even as replays appeared to show that Casemiro had dived in the box. Bale, who had come on as a 74th minute sub for Karim Benzema, converted from the spot.

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Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid- Real draw in Copa semifinal

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Real Madrid’s five game winning streak across all competitions was halted by Barcelona as they held Santiago Solari’s men to a draw in the first leg of their Kings Cup tie. Real took the lead at the Nou Camp through Lucas Vazquez’s 6th minute effort, but Barca equalised just before the hour mark through Malcom. A 92,008 strong crowd was present to watch this El Clasico Copa clash.

Gareth Bale was a second half substitute for Real in this clash. Bale had started in the 3-0 win over Alaves over the weekend, but was on the bench for the El Clasico, and got 26 minutes of second half action after he replaced Vinicius Jr.

Real’s next game is a tough Madrid derby against rivals Atleti at the Wanda Metropolitano. Since Diego Simeone took charge of Atleti, Solari is the 6th Real manager he’s faced.

El Clasico Semfinal in Copa Del Rey- Bale’s Real to take on Barcelona

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Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid have been drawn against arch rivals Barcelona in the semifinals of the Copa Del Rey. The draw was held today (February 1, 2019) at 13.30 CET. Real advanced to the last four after beating Girona in the quarters, and will play a two legged semifinal against the reigning holders. The first leg will be held on 6 February, 2019, with the return taking place three weeks later.

The other semifinal pits Real Betis against Valencia.

The CDR semifinal draw means that Real and Barca will do battle thrice in the space of a month, with the two rivals also set to meet in the league on March 2.

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Bale and Real Madrid advance to Copa del Rey last four

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Real Madrid booked their spot in the semifinals of the Kings Cup after a 3-1 win over Girona saw them triumph 7-3 on aggregate in their Copa last eight clash.

Karim Benzema scored a brace for Real at Estadi Municipal de Montilivi, with Marcos Llorente adding a third fifteen minutes from time.

Bale came on as a substitute midway through the second half (67′) for Vinicius Jr, who assisted one of Benzema’s goals on the evening.

Real’s win means that they were the only team hosting the first leg that progressed to the semifinals. The other three- Getafe, Sevilla and Espanyol were eliminated despite either winning or drawing at home in the first leg.

Apart from Real, Valencia, Betis and holders Barcelona have booked their spots in the semis.

Bale scores as Real Madrid beat Espanyol

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Gareth Bale scored his first goal of the New Year just minutes after coming on as a substitute as he helped Real Madrid beat Espanyol 4-2 over the weekend.

Real were leading 3-1 thanks to Karim Benzema’s brace and Sergio Ramos’ 15th minute effort before Bale’s goal sealed victory for Santiago Solari’s side. He scored in the 67th minute after replacing Vinicius Jr in the 64th minute.

Real were put some under pressure towards the end after Raphael Varane was sent off and Espanyol pulled another goal back through Roberto Rosales, but they held on to claim all three points.

It was Bale’s first game for Real after in over three weeks, having missed the fixtures against Sociedad, Betis and Sevilla due to a calf injury.

Bale injured in 2-2 draw against Villarreal

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Gareth Bale suffered a suspected calf injury as he was substituted at half time during Real’s 2-2 midweek draw against Villarreal at El Madrigal. Former Arsenal star Santi Cazorla scored twice as the Yellow Submarines held Santiago Solari’s men to a draw.

Bale played the first half, with Real leading 2-1 at the interval thanks to goals from Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema, but was replaced by Isco when the two teams came out after the break.

Real’s next game will be at home to Real Sociedad, while Villarreal will travel to Eibar this weekend.

A 19,903 strong crowd was present to watch Villarreal’s clash against Los Blancos.

Roma 0-2 Real Madrid | Gareth Bale scores at the Olimpico

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Gareth Bale was among the scorers in Rome as Real Madrid came away from the Olimpico with a 2-0 win over the Giallorossi in their Game Week 5 clash. Bale scored shortly after the interval, with his 47th minute strike putting Los Blancos ahead before Lucas Vazquez sealed victory just before the hour mark.

The goal against Roma was Bale’s third of the competition, having previously scored at home against the Giallorossi and the MD4 5-0 away in Czech Republic against Viktoria Plzen.

Bale started in the Italian capital and played 84 minutes before being replaced by Asensio. A crowd of 59124 were present at the Olimpico- Roma’s first for a CL clash this season. Continue reading