Gareth Bale scored twice to save Real Madrid out of a damaging defeat at Villarreal on Sunday before capping a stunning 2-2 La Liga draw by being shipped off at injury-time.
Zinedine Zidane said in July it could be”best for everybody” if Bale abandoned this summer, but it was the Welshman’s double that got Madrid a stage from a thrilling competition at la Ceramica.
Villarreal took the lead throughout Gerard Moreno at the 12th minute after which Moi Gomez 16 minutes in the ending but every time Bale pegged them first on the stroke of half-time after which four minutes in the end.
Two yellow cards in as many minutes afterwards saw Bale radically sent off at the 94th minute, but after which his match-saving donation was complete.
It had been six years into the day that Real Madrid paid 100 million euros (currently $110m) to signal Bale, who has presently 104 aims for the club, as numerous as the Brazilian Ronaldo.
However, his heroics couldn’t rescue Madrid from a different slide, so that they head into the global split five points behind premature front-runners Atletico Madrid, who had conquered Eibar 3-2.
After drawing to Real Valladolid last time outside, this wasn’t the result Zidane could have desired, primarily provided he’d like two new signings into his beginning line-up.
Zidane has won just half the 14 matches because he returned as coach in March and it was seen when the club create any overdue developments on the last day of the transfer window Monday.
Sergio Ramos was responsible for the first goal, robbed about the halfway point by Moreno, who drove ahead and slid in Karl Toko Ekambi. Ekambi’s shot was parried by Thibaut Courtois but just back to the path of Moreno, who chose his place.
Madrid dominated the remainder of the half as Casemiro headed broad, Lucas Vazquez lashed to the side-netting, and Karim Benzema’s long-time attempt hit the post.
They did score at the 46th minute with a brilliant goal, Jovic flicking Casemiro’s pass to Dani Carvajal, who spanned the first time for Bale to tap.
Madrid pushed for another after the restart as Bale and Toni Kroos went, and Benzema had the ball in the net but had correctly been called offside.
Instead, Villarreal landed a sucker-punch about the rest as Mario Gaspar’s cross was cleared just to Santi Cazorla. Courtois saved his shot however Javi Ontiveros fired, and Moi Gomez was correctly put.