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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Casillas jeered by Real fans

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti urged the club's fans to "be positive" after captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas was again targeted with whistles in last night's 5-1 Champions League drubbing of FC Basel.

Casillas, who celebrated 15 years since his Real debut on Friday, was blamed by some supporters for not doing more to prevent Atletico Madrid's opening goal in Saturday's 2-1 La Liga defeat at the Bernabeu.

While one section of the crowd whistled the Spain stopper every time he touched the ball, others tried to drown the protests out with applause and the fans appear to be divided over whether Ancelotti should stick with Casillas or promote new signing Keylor Navas.

Casillas could do little to prevent Basel's goal, a precise low shot by Derlis Gonzalez, but he did pull off a brilliant save from the lively Gonzalez later in the game that earned a rousing ovation.

After a deflected Nacho effort put Real 1-0 ahead in the 14th minute, Bale raced on to a Luka Modric pass and dinked the ball brilliantly over onrushing Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik before volleying into an empty net.

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A minute later, Bale found space and sent over a low cross for Cristiano Ronaldo to tap in.

James Rodriguez made it 4-0 in the 37th minute when he started and finished a sweeping counter attack. Karim Benzema completed the scoring in the 79th minute.

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