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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Gareth Bale goes wild after scoring - and Cristiano Ronaldo has a strop

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (C) celebrates his goal against Levante during their Spanish First Division soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (C) celebrates his goal against Levante during their Spanish First Division soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid

Gareth Bale put a difficult week behind him to score two goals in the first half for Real Madrid as they beat Levante 2-0 last night.

The Welshman has faced jeers from some sections of his home support in recent weeks after a nine-game spell without getting on the scoresheet - and he reacted to scoring his first goal by covering his ears.

He then kicked an advertising hoarding in a display of how much the goal meant to him.

Bale, who signed for Real Madrid for £85.3 million in 2013, has faced criticism from some pundits, particularly after his side's nervy high-scoring Champions League display against Schalke.

 His first goal came when he drove home a rebound after Ronaldo's acrobatic volley had been cleared off the line.

Ronaldo visibly showed his frustration at his effort not going in despite Bale's effort giving his side the lead.

 To make matters worse, the second goal came when Bale deflected a Ronaldo shot into the net.

The reaction was described by former England striker Gary Lineker as "bizarre and unhealthy".

 Madrid visits Barcelona next Sunday in a clasico match with the league lead on the line and Real manager Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with Bale's performance.

"I saw Bale more motivated, more eager and the entire team was more concentrated," he said.

"We will arrive at Camp Nou with the utmost confidence."

Bale's goals were his 11th and 12th of the La Liga season, taking his overall tally to 16 in 38 games. Ronaldo leads Madrid with 41, and Karim Benzema has 20.

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