Real Madrid saves point as Gareth Bale sees red

Real Madrid saved a potentially vital point in their quest for an overdue La Liga title after a 3-3 draw with Las Palmas.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two late goals, a penalty and a superb header, as 10-man as Real Madrid rescued a home draw after Ronaldo’s fellow Madrid forward Gareth Bale had been sent off.

Isco brought Real ahead in the eighth minute but the lead was firmly and swiftly equalized by Las Palmas midfielder Tana.

But not two minutes after half-time, Bale saw red as he twice clipped the heels of Viera before the Las Palmas player reacted. Referee Fernandez Borbalan was set to show the Welshman a yellow card before the 27-year-old aggressively shoved Viera, which prompted the official to show a straight red.

It got worse for Madrid as Sergio Ramos was then forced to handle the ball, and Las Palmas took the lead after Jonathan Viera converted the ensuing penalty to put the visitors ahead in the 56th minute. Kevin Prince-Boateng stretched Las Palmas’ lead by beating Keylor Navas outside the box.

But Real, who had three goals ruled out, refused to give in.

At the 86th minute, a firm cross from substitute James Rodriguez struck the hand of Dani Castellano. It was almost the same case as Ramos as it appeared that the Las Palmas midfielder did not have time to move his hands away, and Ronaldo took to converting the ensuing penalty.

With seconds of the match remaining, the Portugal forward, who cut a frustrated figure throughout the night, rose brilliantly to head in Rodriguez’s corner.

However, Los Blancos are now second in the standings on 56 points, one behind Barcelona who thrashed Sporting Gijon 6-1, but Zinedine Zidane’s side have a game in hand on their arch-rivals as they seek a first league title since 2012.

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