Published: Wed, December 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Superstar snaps 802-minute goal drought as Real notch win

Superstar snaps 802-minute goal drought as Real notch win

Bale nearly doubled the lead in what was a rare Real attempt on goal, forcing Jovanovic into a breathtaking save to his left which he turned over the crossbar from the effort from 25 yards.

He scored in Madrid's 2-0 UEFA Champions League win over Roma in November and in the 5-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen in the same month, but finding the net in La Liga will have been a huge relief for the Wales worldwide.

Huesca's problems were highlighted in midweek when Athletic Bilbao, who are themselves having a poor season, put four past them in the El Alcoraz Stadium to knock them out of the Copa del Rey 8-0 on aggregate, and anything like a repeat performance on Sunday would see Madrid travel back to the capital with three easy points.

Eibar, who beat Madrid 3-0 in their last home game, led 4-2 with 15 minutes to play after a quick-fire brace by Charles added to goals from Sergi Enrich and Gonzalo Escalante.

The hosts were far from overawed however and nearly levelled when Sergio Ramos' clearance only reached Moi Gomez, who teed up Ezequiel Avila but Thibaut Courtois was equal to his rising shot.

Thibaut Courtois tipped a Moi Gomez free-kick over the bar in injury time, and Dani Carvajal headed a Christian Rivera effort off the line from the resulting corner.

Gareth Bale settled the match with a fine early volley, but it was otherwise a game that will not live long in the memory.

"In the second half it was complicated, we had the wind against us and it was hard to play properly; we did nearly nothing in the second half".

"We would like to play always as we did in the first half against Valencia, but this is football".

"They had the chances, but they do not score".

"We scored when we had to score, we defended well and compact".

Los Blancos have made real progress under new boss Santiago Solari, surging up the table and closing the gap on the top spot. "It wasn't a game to remember, that's for sure but if you want to compete for the league, these are the games you need to win".

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