Gareth Bale ended an 802-minute wait for a goal in La Liga with a first half strike to secure victory for Real Madrid against Huesca on Sunday.
The former Spurs man arrived at the back post to volley home a cross from right-back Alvaro Odriozola after just eight minutes, with the Galacticos able to hold on to record their fourth consecutive win in all competitions against a side who are currently bottom of La Liga.
The match in Huesca happened only a few hours before fierce Argentine rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors played in Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the final of the Copa Libertadores, South America’s equivalent of the Champions League.
The second leg of the final was moved to the Spanish capital after the match in Argentina was marred by fan violence.
Madrid struggled against a Huesca team that hasn’t won in 16 straight matches. Huesca has only won once in the league this season — in the first round at Eibar.
Huesca is making its first-division debut and had never played against Real Madrid.
Santiago Solari’s team needed a solid performance by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to hold on to the win, the team’s fourth consecutive victory in all competitions after a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Eibar in the league.