Outside the Bernabeu, fans chanted for Jose Mourinho no less to return. Ronaldo meanwhile, shaking his head as he left the field, has vowed not to speak to journalists for the rest of the season, although they will not be missing much to be honest.
* As Barcelona won comfortably with Messi on fire again, bagging a brace in a 2-0 win at Eibar, the gap at the top grew to four points for 24 hours, upping the pressure on Real to make amends in the final game of the week.
With a cloud of gloom and recrimination hanging over the Bernabeu, Real took the field against Levante for the 9pm Sunday kick-off. Then as if it had been scripted, Bale bounced back with two first-half goals to turn the tide of despair and bring his club back to within a point of Barça ahead of next week’s showdown.
Bale celebrated his first by putting his Dominoqq Online Terbaik hands over his ears and his second by kicking the corner flag, both entertaining and deserved, but equally proof that the constant criticism had got through to him. Perhaps it might have been better to have celebrated as normal and ignored the boo-boys.
As in politics, a week is indeed a long time in football, or in Real’s case, four days. As tragedy turned to triumph, so again the wheel of fate could turn this coming Sunday at the second clásico of the season.
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