Bale hits brace as Real Madrid put six past Celta Vigo

Doug Mendoza
May 14, 2018

Zinedine Zidane is only too happy that Gareth Bale is giving him a selection headache ahead of the Champions League final.

Bale burst onto Luka Modric's pass to smash home a low opener and scored a fantastic second, cutting in from the right, nutmegging Jonny Castro and shooting from a hard angle.

He fired a Camp Nou equaliser in El Clásico last weekend and, speaking to reporters after the Celta rout, Zidane said: "I don't know my team yet [for the final] but it's better to have everyone plugged in". Bale capitalised on Cristiano Ronaldo being rested to make a strong case for starting in the Champions League final against Liverpool on Saturday, May 26.

Just two minutes later, Isco got his name on the scores sheet after benefiting from a Toni Kroos' assist in the 32nd minute to increase the Galacticos lead to 3-0 before half time.

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Real stay in third place in the table on 75 points, 15 behind champions Barcelona and three back from city rivals Atletico with one game left to play. His first was a low shot that went in off the post.

Simeone admitted the challenge posed by Marseille would be different.

'We will be in Russian Federation to play something very important, ' he added.

Elsewhere, Samu Castillejo scored twice as Villarreal beat relegated Deportivo La Coruna 4-2 to leapfrog Betis into fifth, with Denis Cheryshev also netting a day after being recalled to the preliminary Russian World Cup squad.

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