Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo showed why they could be the most feared duo in La Liga on Saturday night when Real Madrid met Villarreal. In his debut, Bale needed little time to make his presence felt, as the Welshman netted an equalizer in the first half, while Ronaldo gave his club a momentary lead in a 2-2 draw against Villarreal at the Madrigal.
It was the second goal of the season for Ronaldo, and the first for Bale since he made the switch from Premier League's Tottenham just over two weeks ago.
Villarreal’s Cani and Giovani dos Santos each scored, with the latter equalizing Ronaldo’s second half goal in the 70th minute. They were part of an aggressive Villarreal attack that forced 10 corner kicks, making Madrid keeper Diego Lopez work for his seven saves.
Cani started the scoring by applying some pressure on the Spanish giants with a goal in 21st minute. It was the 23rd career goal for the veteran midfielder in his 229th career appearance since 2006.
Starting at midfield between Ronaldo and Luka Modric, Bale responded with a sliding strike in front of defender Daniel Carvajal’s cross and banging home his first Madrid goal.
Los Blancos took a 2-1 lead in the 64th after Ronaldo rebounded Karim Benzema’s shot, and split his strike between two Villarreal defenders and bounced it off keeper Sergio Asenjo.
Six minutes later, Dos Santos came back with a low, left footed shot to the right corner of the net that skidded past Lopez.
Just before Bale’s triumph, defender Nacho was issued a yellow in the 37th minute for a rough foul on Villarreal’s Mario. Nacho’s slip up may have been a reaction to Villarreal’s Javier Aquino, who picked up his yellow in the 34th after a bad foul on the 23-year-old Spanish.
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