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Gareth Bale to miss World Cup qualifiers and Champions League fixtures

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Gareth Bale is set to miss out on fixtures for Wales and Real Madrid after sustaining a calf injury that rules him out for up to four weeks.

Bale, 28, discovered the extent of the injury on Monday after flagging up discomfort in his calf after a scan on the hamstring while in Spain. However, Real had been content for the player to link up with the Wales international squad, despite leaving him out of Sunday’s La Liga game against Espanyol. – Cara Mendaftar Sbobet

Club coach Zinedine Zidane said afterwards that Bale had a “small complaint” but added that the player as “fine” and suggested leaving him out was a precautionary measure. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

However, the calf problem that Bale mentioned after arriving in Cardiff prompted fresh concerns and led to Wales sending him for a scan on that area as well as the hamstring, and results show a tear within the calf muscle.

The discovery meant that Bale would had no chance of playing for Wales and faces the prospect of missing key games for real, including the Champions League fixtures against his former club Tottenham Spurs on 17 October and 1 November. – Bandar Bola

Still, Welsh would take the brunt of the impact of Bale’s absence as they are second in Group D of the UEFA region qualifiers for the World Cup — and just one point ahead of Ireland with two games remaining. – Piala Dunia 2018

With Serbia expected to finish top of the group, Wales’s hopes of reaching their first World Cup since 1958 hang on pipping Ireland to the runners-up spot and securing a play-off berth by being one of the eight best second-placed teams which,as things stand they are ninth.

To do so, they need to secure points from potentially tricky away games, first against Georgia this Friday before hosting Ireland on Monday.

Raphael Varane and Marco Asensio extend stay at Real Madrid

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Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio and defender Raphael Varane has extended their contracts with the La Liga Champions.

24-year-old Varane has committed to stay with Real up to the end of the 2021-22 season after having been signed from Lens in 2011. – Cara Mendaftar Sbobet

Since arriving from France, the player had since established himself as a crucial part of Madrid’s successes in recent years and won 13 major trophies in the process, including three Champions Leagues, two Club World Cups and two La Liga titles. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

Varane, who won the Champions League twice in each of the last two seasons since Zidane took over at Real, added that the French legend was key to the various successes in Real Madrid in the last few seasons. – Bandar Bola

“Zidane was fundamental to me coming and now he’s the coach who helps me every day,” Varane said. “I thank him for his support and his confidence. He gives me advice and he is a person we respect a lot and listen to when he speaks.” Piala Dunia 2018

“I have learned a lot at this club. Every season is a challenge and now I am a more complete player. I have learned at the highest level. In every training session, I learn.”

On the other hand, Asensio, 21, who signed for in 2014 for €3.9 million from Mallorca, and has agreed a new six-year-deal at Santiago Bernabeu a a day after his teammate Varane committed to Real.

After a season-long at both Espanyol and Mallorca, Asensio made his first breakthrough into Los Blancos first team in 2016-17, starting in their UEFA Super Cup win over Sevilla and then making his La Liga debut shortly after.

The Spaniard then played 23 La Liga games last season, and impressed in the Champions League, scoring three times in eight appearances, including a goal in the final against Juventus as Zinedine Zidane’s side lifted the trophy.

Both Varane and Asensio follow the footsteps of clubmates including Marcelo, Isco, Dani Carvajal, Karim Benzema and Marcos Llorente, who have also recently committed their futures to the club.

Real condemns Dortmund to second straight Champions League loss

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Real Madrid defeated Borussia Dortmund by 3-1 to condemn the Bundesliga leaders to a second straight defeat after the hosts lost their opening game to Tottenham at a similar scoreline.

Gareth Bale opened Real’s account with a superb volley, before Cristiano Ronaldo, top scorer of last season’s edition of the tournament, converted Bale’s cutback four minutes after the break. – Cara Mendaftar Sbobet

While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stabbed home Gonzalo Castro’s cross to narrow the gap soon after Ronaldo’s goal, the Portuguese broke clear of the famed Yellow Wall and lashed home his 13th goal in his last seven Champions League games at the 79th minute. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

With Ronaldo’s second goal coming awkwardly late in the game, it proved to be too wide a gap for Dortmund to repeat their feat of last season, where they came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Real, who eventually went on to win the Champions League title. – Bandar Bola

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane then said afterward: “We had chances. We had a spectacular game, a brilliant game. I am delighted for Ronaldo and Bale. The side worked hard. The midfield worked very hard. I am extremely happy because they played a tremendous game.” – Piala Dunia 2018

There is much to be glad for the Frenchman to be glad about too, as the result meant that they have the full six points after just two group stage games, ahead of a potentially challenging fixture against Dortmund in two weeks.

As for Dortmund, it meant a second straight defeat in the Champions League group stage for them — meaning that they are left pointless along with Apoel Nicosia at the bottom of Group H, who themselves were handed a separate defeat by Tottenham by 3-0 at home.

However, the Bundesliga giants would rue refereeing mistakes as they had looked to Bjorn Kuipers for a penalty early in the match when Maximilian Philipp’s cross appeared to hit Real skipper Sergio Ramos’s arm on the line, but the Dutch referee signalled play on.

Still, Ramos himself could also have widen the gap but twice missed from headers, first nodding over Toni Kroos’s cross before sending his second effort straight at Dortmund keeper Roman Burki.

Real Madrid frustrated again after home draw against Levante

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Real Madrid dropped more points at home for the second game running after a 1-1 draw against Levante in La Liga, a game which also saw Marcelo getting sent off late on.

Ivan Lopez gave the visitors a shock lead in the 12th minute by flicking the ball over Dani Carvajal as the Madrid right-back tried to control a long throw-in and volleying into the near corner.

Real was further troubled as forward Karim Benzema was forced off the pitch with a limp, and with Lopez coming close to doubling the lead for Levante from a free-kick that whistled past a post but the champions pulled themselves level in the 36th minute when Lucas Vazquez tapped in from close range after the Levante goalkeeper, Raul Fernandez, could only parry a header from Sergio Ramos.

But Fernandez was able to make amends for that concession by denying Gareth Bale on the stroke of half-time after the Wales international raced through on goal unchallenged, before also kept out another effort by Bale and strikes from Toni Kroos and Marco Asensio after half-time.

The goalkeeper’s best save then came from a low-struck effort from Marcelo, who in frustration rolled to the floor, kicking Levante’s Jefferson Lerma in the process and earning a straight red card in the 89th minute.

Real had one final chance to snatch a win when Toni Kroos went for goal from the edge of the area but saw his shot bounce off the outside of the far post, leaving Zinedine Zidane’s side with five points from their first three league games.

“We need to play better and make that up,” said the Frenchman. “We cannot be happy with what we did. Against Valencia we dropped two points, but played well.”

“We did not play a good game, clearly. We were better after the break, made chances to score, but it was not a good game. One goal today is not enough. With the chances we created, we must be more effective.”