The return of Gareth Bale brought Real Madrid back to life when Welsh wizard proved to be instrumental in Zinedine Zidane’s side 2-2 draw against Segunda Division B side Fuenlabrada on Tuesday in the Copa Del Rey tournament. Despite the frustrating draw at the Santiago Bernabeu, Zidane’s men progressed to the last 16 of the Spanish Cup with a 4-2 win on aggregate. Interestingly gaffer Zidane decided to name his starting line-up with an average age of 22 years, something which he has never done before since taking charge of Real Madrid.
The once in a blue moon clash remained goal-less in the first half as no team was able to broke the deadlock in the first 45 minutes. It was in the second half when Zidane resort to plan b by introducing Welsh wizard Gareth Bale who came out with an assist by setting up young Spanish striker Borja Mayoral to head home the first goal for Los blancos. Gareth Bale completed his promising return by providing his second assist of the game as the 28-year old winger was able to find Mayoral once again in the 7oth minute when his shot was capitalized by the Spanish forward.
“I’m so happy for Gareth (Bale), Keylor (Navas) and Mateo (Kovacic) because they’ve been out for a while,” Real Madrid manager and former Blancos midfielder Zinedine Zidane was quoted as saying.
“They’re key players and seeing that they’re ready for these next games makes me happy,” Zidane added. The visiting team were inspired from the untested Madrid side Zidane fielded as the rookie Fuenlabrada struck past keeper Keylor Navas twice at the Santiago Bernabeu to sign off from the Copa Del Rey with their heads high. Real Madrid will next visit Athletic Bilbao’s San Mamés Stadium this Saturday before his side’s vital UEFA Champions League clash with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.