Gareth Bale.

Gareth Bale scores opening goal for Real Madrid against Manchester City

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Gareth Bale scored the opening goal for Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City at the Bernabeu.

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.”

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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.

Real Madrid v Manchester City FC - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg

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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