Wales 0-1 Uruguay | Giggs suffers first defeat

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Ryan Giggs suffered his first defeat as Welsh manager as Uruguay beat them 1-0 to win the China Cup in China. The Uruguayans were good value for their win and secured the Cup thanks to Edinson Cavani’s second half strike.

Bale, who had played 63 minutes of the first game against China where he scored a record breaking hat trick, played the full 90 here, but could not find an equaliser against Oscar Tabarez’s men.

The only previous meeting between Wales and Uruguay was back in 1986 and ended in a goalless draw.

China 0-6 Wales | Bale scores record-breaking hat trick

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Ryan Giggs began his reign as Wales manager with a 6-0 win over China in Nanning that saw Gareth Bale become the country’s top scorer. Bale, who had scored the first goal of two of the three previous managers before Giggs, also netted the first of the former Man Utd star’s era. This was also Bale’s first international hat trick and the first by a Welshman since Robert Earnshaw’s treble against Scotland back in 2004.

The 6-0 win was the biggest win on debut for any Welsh manager and was also the heaviest international defeat for China manager Marcelo Lippi’s career. Continue reading

Real Madrid become first Spanish side to score 6000 league goals, beat Betis 5-3

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Real Madrid became the first Spanish side to score 6000 league goals, and the sixth team overall in Europe (other five all English, are Everton, Villa, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal) in their 5-3 win over Real Betis over the weekend.

Gareth Bale started the game and was subbed off in the 73th minute for Isco. Bale also received a yellow card- one of five Real Madrid to players to receive one. Eight players overall went into the book of referee Jesus Gil. Continue reading

Bale stars as Real thrash Deportivo

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Gareth Bale scored twice as Real won a home league game for the first time since early December with a 7-1 demolition of Deportivo La Coruna at the Bernabeu.

The Welsh star netted twice, one a beautiful curled effort and the other a header, and received a standing ovation from the crowd at the Bernabeu for his efforts. His goals came in the 42nd and 58th minutes of the game.

Bale played 82 minutes of the game before being replaced by Lucas Vazquez.

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo also scored twice in this game, a rare achievement for him in a season where he has struggled in front of goal.

Real Madrid win Club World Cup final against Gremio

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Real Madrid become the first team to win back to back Club World Cup titles after beating Gremio 1-0 in the final at Abu Dhabi. Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the winner for Real, with 41,094 fans in attendance for the final clash.

Gareth Bale, scorer of the winner that saw Real edge Al Jazira in the semifinals, came off the bench in the 79th minute as a substitute for Karim Benzema. Lucas coming on for Isco was the other sub employed by Real manager Zinedine Zidane, who adds another trophy to his burgeoning cabinet. Continue reading

Gareth Bale goal vs Al Jazira Club World Cup Semifinal | Beautiful Marcelo pass

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Gareth Bale scored the winner for Real Madrid as they beat Al Jazira in their Club World Cup semifinal at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The home side lead 1-0 thanks to Romarinho’s 41st minute effort, but second half strikes from Cristiano Ronaldo (53) and Bale (81) sealed Real’s spot in the final.

Check out Marcelo’s beautiful pass in the leadup to the goal- a classy one from one of the world’s best left backs Continue reading

Real Madrid to face Paris SG in Champions League Round of 16

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A mouth watering tie awaits football enthusiasts, with Real Madrid drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League Round of 16. Real finished second behind Tottenham Hotspur in their group, while PSG sailed through theirs, and even an MD6 loss at the hands of Bayern did not prevent the Parisians from topping their group ahead of the Bavarian giants.

The other two Spanish sides left in the Round of 16- Sevilla and Barcelona, have both drawn English opposition, with the duo set to face Manchester United and Chelsea respectively. Continue reading

Real Madrid’s Copa Del Rey Round of 16 opponents confirmed

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Real Madrid have been drawn against Numancia in the Round of 16 of the Spanish Kings Cup. Los Blancos will face the Spanish second division team after beating Fuenbralada 4-2 on aggregate in the previous round. The second leg of the Cup tie against Fuenbralada was the one in which Gareth Bale made his return for Real, creating both goals for the home side. Numancia beat Malaga 3-2 on aggregate in the Round of 32.

The first leg will be played at Estadio Los Pajaritos, with the second at the Bernabeu.

Other notable Round of 16 ties Continue reading

Gareth Bale to Man United- Rumours Refuse to Die Down

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Gareth Bale has long been linked with a high-profile switch to Manchester United, even before his current club Real Madrid previously made him the world’s most expensive footballer back in 2013.

The now 28-year- old was lured to the Bernabeu four years ago with a lucrative deal as he was made the then dearest footballer ever, costing the Spanish giants around €100 million to gain his attacking services. He made an instant impact, incredibly going on to both the Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League in his maiden season there.

Bale has gone on to clinch an impressive ten major honours with the Galacticos since his record-breaking arrival, including a trio of European Cup successes and a single La Liga victory in 2017. Added to this are wins in the domestic Spanish Super Cup as well as continental honours such as the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Continue reading

Deportivo Alaves 1-2 Real Madrid | Bale unused substitute

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Gareth Bale was an unused substitute as Real Madrid registered a 2-1 win over struggling Deportivo Alaves over the weekend. Bale was benched along with former Spurs team-mate Luka Modric, and neither saw action in this game as Dani Ceballos’ first half double gave Madrid victory over Alaves, who are now the only league team without a point following Malaga’s 3-3 home draw against Athletic Bilbao.

Alaves hadn’t even scored in the league prior to the Real game, but managed to break that duck through Manu Garcia’s 40th minute effort, assisted by Munir Continue reading

Bale introduced from bench as Real beat Unai Emery’s side 3-1 in first leg

Gareth Bale came off the bench to help Real Madrid beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie. Bale was on the bench as coach Zinedine Zidane opted to start with Benzema, Isco and Ronaldo. The game was tied at 1-1 when Bale came on as a substitute for Benzema midway through the second half. Continue reading