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Watch Gareth Bale score first Real Madrid goal in nearly TWO YEARS as he opens scoring after just 4 minutes at Levante

GARETH BALE scored his first Real Madrid goal in almost two years against Levante on Sunday.

It was a throwback goal from a Real side managed by Carlo Ancelotti, with Karim Benzema supplying the pass for Bale to tuck the ball past goalkeeper Aitor Fernández.

Gareth Bale celebrates with his Real Madrid team-mates after scoring against Levante


Gareth Bale celebrates with his Real Madrid team-mates after scoring against Levante

But it was newcomer David Alaba who provided the defence-splitting ball to put Benzema through on goal.

Bale’s goal came inside five the opening five minutes and the Welshman was visibly delighted with his effort.

But his, and Real’s, delight did not last long, with Roger Marti equalising for Levante shortly after half-time.

That kicked off an action-packed second half with Levante twice taking the lead but substitute Vinicius Jr. twice equalising to spare Real’s blushes.

Keeper Fernandes was sent off moments after Real’s third goal but the home side held on for an unlikely but valuable point.

Bale, 32, has had a difficult few years at club level having been cast aside by previous boss Zinedine Zidane as his glittering spell at Real turned sour.


Real Madrid's wages for the 2020-21 season
Real Madrid’s wages for the 2020-21 season

He played 16 La Liga games in 2019-20 and was limited to just three appearances in the Champions League.

That led to his loan move to Tottenham last season, but he also found game time difficult to come by under Jose Mourinho.

He still managed 11 goals from 20 Premier League matches but Daniel Levy decided against bringing him back to the Tottenham Stadium on a permanent basis.

Spurs’ loss is Real’s gain and supporters expressed their happiness with his goal on social media.

One Twitter user said: “Bale returned to Real Madrid hungry and motivated to prove everyone wrong. I can’t express how happy it makes me. We have our Welsh wizard back.

Another added: “When he’s at all motivated, Gareth Bale is still brilliant.”

A third wrote: “And people thought Gareth Bale was past his prime.”

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