Bale scored in his return as Real Madrid beats Espanyol

Espanyol 2-4 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale scored on his return from injury as Real Madrid beat Espanyol to move up to third in La Liga.

Karim Benzema scored a 4th minute goal, he poke home a finish as the Espanyol keeper Diego Lopez palmed out Luka Modric’s shot to give Real Madrid an early lead.

Sergio Ramos headed-in to double the visitors’ lead, before Léo Baptistão pulled one back for the host making it 2-1.

But Karim Benzema scored his second just before the break to restore Real’s 2 goals lead.

Gareth Bale scored three minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute to put Real Madrid 4-1 ahead.

Raphael Varane was sent off before Roberto Rosales pulled another goal back, but Real held on for a 4-2 win.

The win sees Santiago Solari’s side move back above Sevilla and narrow the gap on city rivals Atletico Madrid to five points.

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