Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrates a goal during the La Liga match against Espanyol in Madrid on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Madrid: Wales forward Gareth Bale marked his return from a three-month injury lay-off with a well-taken finish to seal Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Espanyol at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale celebrates a goal during the Spanish league football match. Pic/PTI
Bale last played in a Champions League group match at Sporting Lisbon on November 22 before suffering tendon damage in his ankle, which needed surgery.
The 27-year-old showed he had lost none of his electric pace nor eye for a cool finish when racing onto a pass from Isco down the left and slotting the ball into the far corner with eight minutes left.
Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale celebrates a goal. Pic/PTI
A first-half header from Alvaro Morata had set Real Madrid on course for victory, which saw them move four points clear of Barcelona. Real coach Zinedine Zidane made the expected sweeping changes from the team which beat Napoli.