Gareth Bale kept Real Madrid firmly in the title race for the second weekend in a row, this time scoring an 80th-minute header to secure all three points for Los Blancos against Real Sociedad at Anoeta.
The Wales international scored two goals over Rayo Vallecano last weekend, including the winner in the 81st minute, and was the hero once again today in the absence of the injured Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lucas Vazquez provided the cross from the right flank and there was Bale to powerfully head the ball past the impressive Gerónimo Rulli. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Real Madrid now temporarily climb to the top of La Liga with just two matches remaining.
However, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona will leapfrog Zinedine Zidane’s side in the league table if they beat Rayo and Real Betis, respectively.
Video: Gareth Bale's winner
Incredibly, Bale has now scored nine headed goals this season.
According to WhoScored, that’s more headed goals than 68 of the 98 teams in Europe’s top five leagues have scored between them this term.
Bale has stepped up in the absence of Ronaldo in La Liga, and will be expected to do the same against Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday night if the Portuguese superstar loses his battle to regain full fitness.
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