Villarreal 2-2 Real Madrid: Gareth Bale rescues Zinedine Zidane’s men with late strike before being SENT OFF for second yellow minutes later
- Gerard Moreno opened the scoring for hosts after just 12 minutes on the clock
- Gareth Bale levelled on the stroke of half time after good work from Dani Carjaval
- Villarreal restored their lead in the 74th minute when Moi Gomez found the net
- But Bale grabbed his second of the night late on to secure a point for Madrid
- The Welshman was sent off in stoppage time for a second bookable offence
A Gareth Bale double saved Real Madrid from defeat but he was sent off in the team’s 2-2 draw with Villarreal.
Zinedine Zidane spent most of the summer trying to sell Bale but he scored twice to make the international break slightly less uncomfortable for the Madrid coach.
There will still be a lot of questions about why Real Madrid have only taken five points from the first three games.
Gareth Bale struck late on at Villarreal to secure a point for Real Madrid on Sunday
Madrid forward Bale cut on to his favoured left foot and fired into the bottom near corner
Bale received his marching orders in stoppage time after picking up his second yellow
MATCH FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE
Villarreal (4-2-3-1): Fernandez, Gaspar, Albiol, Torres, Quintilla, Cazorla (Bacca 74), Iborra, Chukwueze (Ontiveros 55), Gomez, Ekambi (Anguissa 62), Moreno;
Subs not used: Asenjo, Mori, Trigueros, Pena
Scorers: Moreno (12), Gomez (74)
Real Madrid (4-4-2): Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos (Valverde 82), Vazquez (Vinicius Junior 74), Bale, Benzema, Jovic (Modric 68);
Subs not used: Navas, Militao, Marcelo, Odriozola
Scorers: Bale (45, 86)
Booked: Mendy, Casemiro, Bale
Sent off: Bale (90)
Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano
They will now be without Bale after the international break. He was sent off for a second yellow card on 90 minutes for a high-footed challenge on Javier Ontiveros.
It soured an otherwise good night for the man who was told to get out of the club in the summer but refused to move.
Here he was on the eve of the transfer window closing, scoring on the ground where he first hit the back of the net six years ago.
Bale scored on his debut on this ground in 2013. He was Madrid’s best player but his brace was not enough to give them three points.
Moi Gomez thought he had won it for Villarreal when he put them back in front in second half
Bale tapped into an empty net from close to equalise for Madrid on the stroke of half time
Villarreal took the lead on 12 minutes when Sergio Ramos gave the ball away. Gerard Moreno capitalised and teed-up Karl Ekambi. His shot was saved but Moreno turned in the rebound.
The flag was raised against Ekambi for offside at the start of the move but VAR corrected the error and the goal was given. Madrid were knocked sideways by the early set-back.
Luka Jovic was struggling to get into the game alongside Karim Benzema in attack and Casemiro and Toni Kroos were giving away possession cheaply in Real Madrid’s four-man midfield.
But they improved and Bale struck one minute into added time finishing off a fine team goal.
The Welshman celebrates with his team after bringing them level just before the interval
Gerard Moreno smashed past Thibaut Courtois to open the scoring in the 12th minute
Dani Carvajal played in Jovic who laid the ball off to Casemiro. He sent it back to Carvajal who crossed for Bale to side-foot home from the edge of the six-yard box.
Bale thought he had made Madrid’s second goal at the start of the second half when he nodded the ball up and into the path of Karim Benzema who scored from close range. Again the flag was raised and this time VAR confirmed the offside.
Villarreal made the most of the let-off with a goal on 74 minutes. Substitute Ontiveros crossed from the left and the excellent Moi Gomez got to the ball ahead of Casemiro to score from close range.
Substitute Luka Modric sparked the second comeback powering Madrid forward from midfield. His shot from distance was saved by Andres Fernandez and offside Benzema failed to turn it in.
Madrid were heading for defeat but Bale was on hand to salvage a point. It’s been a largely uninspiring first three games from Zinedine Zidane’s team. It would have been an even worse start had the man he wanted to sell left the club.
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