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No Ronaldo, No Problem For Real Madrid As Gareth Bale Takes Centre-stage In Win Against Girona

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Published:

Hack:

  • Following their 4-1 win over Girona in the La Liga, it seems Real Madrid have unearthed Ronaldo's replacement from within the squad in the form of Gareth Bale
  • The reigning Champions League winners had fallen behind in the 16th minute, with cries of boos targeted against them

Real Madrid, under their new manager Julen Lopetegui, haven't made any major summer signing following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. The Portugese was the record goalscorer for the Spanish club, and led them to unmatchable heights in his nine-year long association with them. 

It came as a shock that no big name arrived at the club as a replacement, with Lopetegui seemingly happy with his set of players. Many fingers were pointed at the former Spain manager for his transfer activity, with some terming the transfer window as a failure.

But following their 4-1 win over Girona in the La Liga, it seems Real Madrid have unearthed Ronaldo's replacement from within the squad in the form of Gareth Bale. The Welshman has been brilliant for his club at the start of the seasons, and more or less looks like a new signing. He scored one, assisted one and was sublime in his side's second consecutive win the in the league. 

The reigning Champions League winners had fallen behind in the 16th minute, with cries of boos targeted against them. Though, skipper Sergio Ramos started the comeback by scoring from the penalty spot in the 39th minute, after Marco Asensio was tripped inside the box. 

Real then took the lead in the 52nd minute, when Asensio was again fouled inside the area, and the resulting spot kick was converted by Karim Benzema. After that, it was time for Bale to take centre-stage. The winger scored his sixth goal in as many games to make it 3-1 in the 59th minute, before turning provided for Benzema's second in the 80th minute.

Los Blancos' performance wasn't the best, with the team still lacking cohesion. It was similar to the first match display, which they won 2-0. Dani Carvajal and Bale secured the victory in a match which drew headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Against Getafe at Bernebeu, which can accommodate 81,000 spectators, only 48,466 fans attended the stadium, which was the lowest attendance for the club in the league since past 10 years. Though, the players did not let it affect them, as they produced a professional display earn a comfortable victory.

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