GARETH Bale came off the bench to score his 100th Real Madrid goal and lift his side into second place in the Liga table with a 3-1 win over Atletico Madrid.
The result continues Real Madrid’s recent resurgence under Santiago Solari, with goals from Casemiro, Sergio Ramos and Bale giving the visitors the win, and inflicting a first home league defeat on Atleti this season.
It took Real Madrid just 15 minutes to open the scoring, with Casemiro sending an overhead kick into the net after a header from Ramos. However, Atletico Madrid responded quickly when Antoine Griezmann put a finish through the legs of Thibaut Courtois, targeted by the home fans on his first visit to the Wanda Metropolitano.
A controversial penalty award gave Ramos the chance to put his side ahead once more from the spot and the Real Madrid captain obliged, finding the bottom left-hand corner of Jan Oblak’s net with a driven finish. No Panenka, this time.
Atleti thought they had equalised again when Alvaro Morata lobbed Courtois to make it 2-2, but VAR was used to chalk off the goal due to offside. And Bale came off the bench to make sure of the result, with Thomas Partey shown a second yellow card late on to really finish off the hosts.
Madrid are now five points behind Barcelona in second, with the Catalans facing Athletic Bilbao on Sunday (yesternight). – Eurosport
Nobody was surprised when the Real Madrid team sheet was published and there was no place for Bale in the starting line-up. The Welshman has struggled for form of late and so he had to make do with a place on the bench.
When he did come on, though, an impression was made. Bale scored the goal (his 100th for Real Madrid) that killed the match. – Eurosport