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.
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.
There was an element of controversy as Bale refused to celebrate with Lucas Vazquez after slotting the spot kick Continue reading
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.
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.
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.