The Wales international looped the ball above Joe Hart with his right foot (yes, really) and watched as the ball nestled into the net off the back post.
It was a superb goal by Bale - his first of this season’s Champions League campaign - and it leaves Manchester City with a mountain to climb. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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But was it actually an own goal? Was Bale looking to cross to the back post?
Robbie Fowler certainly thinks so. The former Liverpool striker tweeted: “Own goal... There's no way he meant to shoot, crossing it all day long... And of course he'll claim it , so would I.”
Video: Gareth Bale's goal
Cristiano Ronaldo didn't exactly go mental, did he?
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Man City suffer Vincent Kompany blow
Manchester City were dealt a cruel blow when Vincent Kompany was forced to limp off inside the opening 10 minutes after suffering an injury.
However, Manuel Pellegrini’s side will be acutely aware that a score draw tonight will send them through to the Champions League final.
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