Gareth Bale: Is the Welsh Wizard Set for an English encore?

When Gareth Bale moved on from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid, he was legitimately among the best players in the world. A stunning goal in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final has been a major highlight, as has other winners in the European showpiece. His go-ahead header against Atletico Madrid in the 2014-15 season was a game-changer, for both player and club. It put Madrid back on the map, and Bale cemented himself as the ‘other’ after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Fast forward to 2019, though, and Bale looks a less sure of himself. Continue reading

Bale injured as Real crash out of the Champions League

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

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

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

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.