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Monday 18 December 2017

Real Bale on show

REAL MADRID coach Carlo Ancelotti was full of praise for Gareth Bale after the Welshman scored twice and provided two assists in a 7-3 win over Sevilla at the Bernabeu.

The world record signing was given his first home start since joining Madrid from Tottenham for £85.3million in the summer and took full advantage of the occasion, curling home the opening goal after 13 minutes from just inside the area.

He eventually got his second of the night on 27 minutes, taking a free-kick which deflected off the arm of Sevilla defender Alberto Moreno and into the opposite corner past a wrong-footed Beto.

The Welshman's work for the night was not done yet, however, and he later provided passes for Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo to score as Madrid romped to their biggest league win of the season.

Bale had a disappointing night in Madrid's 2-1 defeat to arch-rivals and league leaders Barcelona last weekend. But Ancelotti was in no doubt that his player had redeemed himself yesterday.

"Tonight everyone saw the real Gareth," he said.

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