Monday 18 December 2017

Bale off as Ronaldo double earns late point

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale Picture: REUTERS/Heino Kalis
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale Picture: REUTERS/Heino Kalis

Cristiano Ronaldo spearheaded a courageous late fightback from 10-man Real Madrid to rescue a 3-3 home draw with Las Palmas in La Liga after Gareth Bale was sent off.

Ronaldo scored twice in three minutes to salvage a point for Real and deny Las Palmas a first ever win at the Bernabeu, converting a penalty and heading home from a corner one minute from time.

Isco had given Real the lead in the eighth minute but goals from Tana and a Jonathan Viera penalty put the visitors ahead in the 56th minute after Bale had been dismissed for two bookings and Kevin Prince-Boateng stretched Las Palmas' lead, but Real, who had three goals ruled out, refused to give in.

Real are now a point behind Barcelona but with a game in hand.

Irish Independent

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