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Bale scores 100th Real Madrid goal as Real secure Laliga 2nd spot

Discussion in 'Spanish League' started by Real Tosin, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. Real Tosin

    Real Tosin Active Member

    Real Madrid beat bitter rivals Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano for the first time, as Gareth Bale comes off bench to score 100th goal for Real Madrid and help them to a derby day victory that puts them above their neighbours Atletico and into second place in La Liga.

    Bale was left on the bench once more, with Solari preferring youngster Vinicius Jr in attack with Karim Benzema and Lucas Vazquez. But after replacing the Brazilian teenager in the second period, he landed the knockout blow on Atleti, driving past Jan Oblak after being found by Luka Modric.

    The Welshman is now in the top 20 of all-time goalscorers for Madrid – his century coming in 217 games.

    Los Blancos claimed a morale-boosting 1-1 draw at Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg on Wednesday and they produced another resilient display to beat Diego Simeone's men on their own turf for the first time since their meeting at the Vicente Calderon in November 2016.

    The first half had already been a tale of two VAR decisions – one that benefitted Atletico, the other that favoured Real Madrid. Atletico will complain about a second half VAR call going against them with luckless Alvaro Morata having lobbed the constantly jeered and whistled Thibaut Courtois.

    Before the controversy came the unmarked Casemiro to put Real Madrid into the lead. Casemiro's spectacular opened the scoring when Toni Kross corner kick fell to the unattended Casemiro who scissor-kicked it acrobatically past Oblak.

    Antoine Griezmann had equalised, the Frenchman coolly slotting through the legs of Thibaut Courtois, with a little thanks to VAR.

    Vinicius went down just inside the penalty area after a foul from Jose Gimenez. The first contact was outside the area but the crucial second impact from Gimenez' knee was inside the area. The referee had pointed to the spot and VAR upheld his decision

    Madrid looked in control at the back under pressure in the second half and finished off their opponents 16 minutes from time through substitute Bale's landmark goal, before Thomas Partey's late sending off.

    Los Blancos' victory moves them into second in La Liga, ahead of Atleti, but five points behind leaders Barcelona.
     

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