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.

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The 24 year old Kovacic is already at Chelsea currently, on loan from Real, and has been getting regular first team football under new manager Maurizio Sarri. The Croatian international appears to be happy at the Bridge and there have already been suggestions that he is keen to make his stay a permanent one. Continue reading

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

First test for Solari as Real shocked by Eibar

Santiago Solari could not have asked for a worse start to his official reign as Real Madrid manager as tiny Eibar stunned them 3-0.

As observed by fans, it was another loss to a Blaugrana colours wearing club for Real (following previous losses to CSKA, Barcelona and Levante).

Eibar scored in the 16th minute and twice after the interval to jump to 10th in the league.

Bale played the full 90 minutes and was carded just before half time. Real’s next game is away at Roma in the Champions League- another tricky fixture for Solari’s men.