Everything seems to click for Real Madrid when Ronaldo is on the field, only this time it was Ronaldo’s partner up front – striker Gareth Bale – who scored a Champions League goal of his own for a change.
Just a few minutes after Man City were dealt a huge blow by losing superstar defender Vincent Kompany to a leg injury, Bale capitalized on the loss of the Citizens’ captain, launching a rocket of a strike that was deflected into the top-left inside corner, from which goalkeeper Joe Hart had no chance to save.
The goal was Bale’s first in the Champions League since December 2014.
With a full half left to go in the game, Manchester City still have a slim chance of making a game out of this one.
If nothing else, Bale’s goal guaranteed at least that there will be no added time since a Real Madrid win or a Manchester City draw after full time would ensure a clear winner.
The winner of the game will face Atletico Madrid. Maybe they won’t be much of a ‘winner’ after all….
UPDATE: The goal was later changed to an own goal credited to Fernando, so Bale’s goalless streak in the Champions League continues.
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