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Bale Returns As Madrid Come From Behind To Beat Osasuna


Gareth Bale got here again into the crew and Real Madrid got here again to beat Osasuna on Sunday as a 4-1 victory in Pamplona strengthened their maintain on prime spot in La Liga.

Bale had been not noted utterly for Madrid’s earlier 4 matches however the Welshman returned to the squad and the beginning line-up at El Sadar, in a shock present of religion from coach Zinedine Zidane.

A fortuitous deflection meant Bale assisted Isco’s equalizer too earlier than Sergio Ramos put Madrid in entrance after Unai Garcia had given Osasuna an early lead.

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Substitutes Lucas Vazquez and Luka Jovic then scored from late breaks as Madrid pulled six factors away from Barcelona, who play away at Real Betis in a while Sunday.

Barca’s exit within the Copa del Rey overshadowed Madrid’s personal shock defeat at house to Real Sociedad within the quarter-finals, a loss that introduced a dramatic finish to their 21-match unbeaten run.

But Zidane might be relieved to see his crew swiftly again on observe with a efficiency stuffed with the type of resilience that Madrid’s rivals have so lacked in current weeks.

Bale additionally retains coming again underneath Zidane and the 30-year-old had possibilities so as to add a aim to a spirited show earlier than going off to a good reception from the away help within the second half.

This was solely his third look because the flip of the yr.

Osasuna have been the higher aspect within the early levels and took a deserved lead when Unai put his head in entrance of Casemiro’s dangling foot and steered the ball into the nook.

But Madrid improved because the half wore on and Isco volleyed in an equaliser after Bale tried to divert Ferland Mendy’s cross, with the ball deflecting kindly into the Spaniard’s path.

Ramos was fortunate to flee a crimson card after sliding in on Ruben Garcia with a excessive foot and Madrid’s captain took full benefit of his reprieve as he nodded in Casemiro’s looping header to the again submit.

Luka Modric had a robust declare for a penalty after he nipped the ball away from Pervis Estupinan within the space earlier than Osasuna loved their most threatening spell.

Inigo Perez’s shot whistled simply over and Ruben dragged vast from Nacho Vidal’s pull-back after making area with a neat dummy previous Ramos.

Bale went off to applause from the small variety of away followers, and Vazquez got here on so as to add a 3rd. Osasuna’s defence have been occupied by a Karim Benzema burst and he fed proper for Vazquez to drive in. Jovic smashed in a fourth in injury-time.

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