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Villarreal 2-2 Real Madrid: Gareth Bale sent off after scoring twice

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale (right) becomes only the second Real Madrid player, after Cristiano Ronaldo, to score a La Liga double and be sent off in the same match this century

Gareth Bale was sent off in stoppage time after scoring two goals to rescue a point for Real Madrid against Villarreal in La Liga.

Bale, who seemed set to leave Madrid this summer, was shown both yellow cards in stoppage time after ending his 169-day league scoring drought.

Villarreal had taken an early lead through Gerard Moreno but Bale opened his account on the stroke of half-time.

Moi Gomez put the hosts back in front but Bale hit a late equaliser.

Villarreal started well and were rewarded when Moreno seized on the loose ball after Thibaut Courtois parried Karl Toko Ekambi's low shot.

The visitors grew into the game and equalised on the stroke of half time when Bale scored his first league goal since manager Zinedine Zidane said "it would be best for everyone" if the forward left the club.

Madrid were dominant after the interval and Toni Kroos was denied by a brilliant double save by Andres Fernandez before Karim Benzema's effort was ruled out for offside.

Gomez appeared to have scored a close-range winner against the run of play after Moreno's shot was parried by Courtois, only for Javier Ontiveros to send the ball back across goal for the midfielder to tap in.

But Bale salvaged a point for his side when he cut in on his left to drive the ball past Fernandez before picking up his first booking for an indiscretion in the 92nd minute.

With the clock ticking down, Bale was shown his second yellow for a high boot two minutes after his first.

The Welshman becomes only the second Madrid player, after Cristiano Ronaldo, to score a La Liga double and be sent off in the same match this century.

The result sees Madrid climb to fifth in the La Liga table, while Villarreal move to 16th.

Line-ups

Villarreal

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Fernández
  • 2Gaspar
  • 3Albiol
  • 4Torres
  • 16QuintilláBooked at 52mins
  • 11ChukwuezeSubstituted forOntiverosat 55'minutes
  • 10Iborra
  • 8CazorlaSubstituted forBaccaat 73'minutes
  • 23Gómez Bardonado
  • 7Moreno
  • 17Toko EkambiSubstituted forZambo Anguissaat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Asenjo
  • 6Funes Mori
  • 9Bacca
  • 14Trigueros Muñoz
  • 19Zambo Anguissa
  • 20Peña
  • 24Ontiveros

Real Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 23MendyBooked at 77mins
  • 17VázquezSubstituted forVinícius Júniorat 74'minutes
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 90mins
  • 8KroosSubstituted forValverdeat 82'minutes
  • 11BaleBooked at 90mins
  • 18JovicSubstituted forModricat 68'minutes
  • 9Benzema

Substitutes

  • 1Navas
  • 3Militão
  • 10Modric
  • 12Marcelo
  • 15Valverde
  • 19Odriozola
  • 28Vinícius Júnior
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano
Attendance:
19,753

Match Stats

Home TeamVillarrealAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home10
Away17
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Villarreal 2, Real Madrid 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Villarreal 2, Real Madrid 2.

  3. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Gareth Bale (Real Madrid).

  5. Post update

    Xavi Quintillá (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Vicente Iborra (Villarreal).

  7. Booking

    Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Gareth Bale (Real Madrid).

  9. Post update

    Xavi Quintillá (Villarreal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Booking

    Casemiro (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

  12. Post update

    Raúl Albiol (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Villarreal 2, Real Madrid 2. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luka Modric.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Luka Modric tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Federico Valverde replaces Toni Kroos.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Javier Ontiveros (Villarreal) right footed shot from long range on the right is too high from a direct free kick.

  19. Booking

    Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid).

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid33005239
2Ath Bilbao32104137
3Sevilla32104137
4Levante32014226
5Real Madrid31206425
6Osasuna31203215
7Alavés31202115
8Barcelona31117524
9Granada31117524
10Valencia31113214
11Celta Vigo311134-14
12Real Valladolid311134-14
13Real Sociedad311123-14
14Mallorca310224-23
15Real Betis310258-33
16Villarreal302178-12
17Getafe302123-12
18Eibar301235-21
19Espanyol301205-51
20Leganés300314-30
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