Spain comes to a stand still when Real Madrid and Barcelona play against each other, every game between the two giants is dubbed the Clasico. The two met in the Copa del Rey final Wednesday, with Madrid edging their archrivals 2-1, thanks to Gareth Bale’s amazing solo goal.
The Welshman, who was signed from Tottenham Hotspur in September 2013, produced a stunning solo strike to give Real their first trophy under Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti. Much has been made on the amount the Los Blancos paid for Bale’s services.
The first goal of a tense contest at Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium arrived on 11 minutes after a rapid Real counter attack.Bale set Angel di Maria racing free and the Argentine composed himself before firing a low shot through goalkeeper Pinto and into the corner of the net.
Barcelona bounced backed in the 68th minute,young defender Marc Bartra chose the perfect time to score a rare goal as he powered a firm header beyond Iker Casillas from Xavi’s corner.
With star strike Cristiano Ronaldo missing due to a hamstring injury, the stage was set for one of the other Madrid stars to step up. In the 85th minute with extra time looming, Bale took matters into his hand. The Welshman produced a magnificent solo run, out-running Bartra on his way to giving his side the lead just before the end of regulation.
Bale has yet to live up to the money spent on his transfer fee, but with more performances like that, those echoes of money ill spent may disappear.