Talented footballer, Gareth Bale scored twice to rescue a point for Real Madrid at the Estadio de la Ceramica and was also sent off in added time as Los Blancos drew 2-2 away to Villarreal on Sunday night.
Gerard Moreno fired Villarreal in front following an awful mistake by Sergio Ramos. The Real Madrid captain lost the ball in midfield and allowed the home side to break, with Moreno netting the rebound after Karl Took Ekambi had seen his cross-shot saved by Thibaut Courtois.
That was after 12 minutes and it was only confirmed after a VAR check, which saw the goal celebrated twice.
And it took Real Madrid, with summer signings Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy in their starting line-up for the first time, a while to get going.
Zinedine Zidane’s side won a series of corners and Casemiro headed wide late in the half when he should have scored
Karim Benzema then hit the post with a fierce drive and in added time at the end of the first period, Madrid finally found the breakthrough.
Jovic combined with Dani Carvajal, releasing the defender with a lovely flick, and the right-back sent in a low cross which left Bale with a simple finish to make it 1-1.
Madrid were the better side early in the second half and Benzema had the ball in the net after an hour, only to see his strike correctly ruled out for offside.
And after midfielder Santi Cazorla had gone off to an ovation from the home fans, Villarreal scored again.
Courtois saved a Moreno shot with his feet, but the rebound was put back into the box and Moi Gomez slotted in from close range.
The game opened up in the final minutes as Madrid committed more men and left spaces, but Los Blancos found a late leveller as substitute Luka Madrid broke from midfield and set up Bale in the area, the Welsh winger making space and beating Andres with a low shot inside his near post after 86 minutes.
Villarreal’s fans complained about a possible foul in the build-up, but the goal stood and that is how things stayed through four minutes of added time.
But there was enough time for Bale to earn two yellow cards in the space of a minute for a couple of cynical fouls and the Welsh winger was sent off moments before the final whistle.
Madrid remain unbeaten, although Zidane’s side have just five points from their three fixtures in La Liga, while Villarreal have picked up just two so far but were applauded off by their fans after this performance.
Source: Evening Standard