Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Two-goal Bale gives Zidane Champions League final hint

Two-goal Bale gives Zidane Champions League final hint

The Slovenian made another good save in stoppage-time, tipping a header over the crossbar to ensuring Getafe missed out on seventh place to Sevilla, denying them a return to Europe for the first time in a decade.

Bale opened his account after 13 minutes, picking up a sweetly-timed through ball from Luka Modric to score.

Bale celebrated by dedicating his performance to his third son Axel Charles who was born last Tuesday.

Oblak has forged a reputation as one of the world's best goalkeepers and he will play in the Europa League final on Wednesday against Marseille.

Strikes from Isco, Achraf Hakimi, Toni Kroos, an own goal by Celta defender Sergi Gomez completed the drubbing for Real, who were without Cristiano Ronaldo due to an ankle injury and rested captain Sergio Ramos ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26.

Gareth Bale scored two fine goals in what could be his last appearance at the Santiago Bernabeu as Real Madrid thumped Celta Vigo 6-0 in their last home game of the season.

The only tweak to Simeone's standard 4-4-2, was shifting Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion into a playmaking position behind Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa.


The coach, however, will not be on the sidelines with his team on Wednesday in Lyon after his appeal against a four-game touchline ban in European football for being sent off in the semi-final first leg at Arsenal was rejected by UEFA.

Atletico also won at crosstown rival Getafe 1-0 just four days before it plays Marseille for the Europa League crown.

But Simeone is desperate for Oblak to stay.

Diego Simeone's charges were allowing Getafe to have the ball after 25 minutes and looked to expose them on counter-attacks.

Managerless Sevilla, who reached this season's Champions League quarter-finals, now have to beat Alaves next weekend to secure a spot in Europe's second-tier competition.

Atletico released a statement last week saying they were "fed up with Barcelona's attitude" after president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted he had spoken with Griezmann's agent and striker Luis Suarez said he welcomed the Frenchman's imminent arrival at the Nou Camp.

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