Gareth Bale returns with score as Real Madrid surge Espanyol


Gareth Bale noted his return from injury with a goal as Real Madrid proceeded their remarkable turn-around in results by whipping Espanyol 4-2 away on Sunday, racking up a third consecutive win in La Liga.


Real generally prosper on journeys to Espanyol and also they left to a flying start on this visit when Karim Benzema racked up in the 4th minute on the rebound, beating former Real goalkeeper Diego Lopez that had actually parried a shot from Luka Modric.


Although Espanyol pulled themselves back into contention with a strike from Leo Baptistao 10 minutes later, Captain Sergio Ramos headed house a cross from Modric in the 15th minute to score his fourth objective in January as well as put Madrid further comfortable.


Santiago Solari's side restored their two-goal benefit when Benzema struck again just before halftime, playing a one-two with Vinicius Jr and curling the round right into the bottom corner after a wonderful backheel from the Brazilian teen.


Bale came off the bench midway via the 2nd half after greater than three weeks out damaged and the Wales ahead scored within 3 minutes of his return, gathering a pass and also leaving from 2 protectors with a drag of the heel prior to smashing into the net.


Madrid were reduced to 10 males later on in the game when Raphael Varane was given a straight red card for obstructing a goal scoring opportunity with a nasty, and also Espanyol pulled back another goal with a fantastic strike from Venezuelan Roberto Rosales.


Real, that made a bad beginning to 2019 but have now won 5 of their last 6 video games in all competitors, are third in the standings on 39 points, 10 behind leaders Barcelona who defeated Girona 2-0 earlier on Sunday, while Espanyol dropped down to 15th.


Solari informed press reporters after a fifth win from six games in all competitions about that: "We had fun with great strength and rate and we were always aiming to rating, as well as we had the video game controlled till the sending-off,"


Madrid are third on 39 factors, 10 behind leaders Barcelona who beat Girona 2-0 earlier on Sunday, while Espanyol dropped to 15th.


Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez added: "We have actually scored four goals but the most crucial thing is exactly how we played. Our hard work is coming off,"


"The essential thing for us has been our strength. When we play with this much strength, we are an entirely various team."

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