Karim Benzema came within inches of pulling off an outrageous goal in Real Madrid's 2-0 win against Levante last night.
Gareth Bale broke his goalscoring duck with a brace after nine games without a goal to help Madrid claim three valuable points, which moves them to just one point behind rivals Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
However it was Benzema's effort midway through the second half that caught the eye.
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The French international looked to have no chance of getting on the end of Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross which was put in just behind him. However he somehow managed to swivel and unleash a powerful Zlatan Ibrahimovic-esque backheel that cannoned off the woodwork.
Overall Real Madrid will be happy with their night’s work against Levante, getting back to winning ways after a slump which has cost them their lead at the top of the table and prompted questions about Carlo Ancelotti’s leadership.
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Los Blancos will now begin their preparations to face Barcelona in El Clasico this week as the battle for the league title takes shape.
Ancelotti will be delighted to have Gareth Bale back in form ahead of the the big game. The world’s most expensive player had come in for criticism for his drought and his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo had been scrutinised.
Now the former Tottenham player says he’s happy to get on the scoresheet ahead of what could be a decisive week. "Delighted to get back on the scoresheet and win, I can’t wait for next week.
Ancelotti added: Bale looked more motivated and more hungry. The presence of Luka Modric offers more depth for Bale to link up with his team-mates.
"They know each other well, they played together at Tottenham, and there's no doubt Bale is more comfortable with Modric on the pitch."
Gareth Bale was understandably delighted to get on the scoresheet over the weekend, but the jury's still out on how his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo will play out. There appears to be an element of friction between them at the moment and there will only be one winner if Bale tries to take on the former Manchester United man.
With a crucial game against Barcelona on the horizon, Bale will hope that he can prove his worth once more to keep the Bernabeu boo-boys off his back.
Would this goal have won the Puskas award if it went in?
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