Real Madrid Start 2018 on a High Note, Thrashing Numancia 3-0

Written by on January 5, 2018

Real Madrid Start 2018 on a High Note, Thrashing Numancia 3-0

Gareth Bale scored a penalty on his first start since September and Isco tucked away another spot-kick as Real Madrid opened 2018 with a 3-0 win at 10-man Numancia in the first leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie on Thursday.

Lucas Vazquez won both penalties for drawing fouls by Carlos Gutierrez and Unai Medina, although Numancia could feel both spoy-kicks were soft awards, with Borja Mayoral wrapping up the victory with a stoppage-time header.

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Bale was one of the few first-team regulars on show at Los Pajaritos, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos among those rested as Madrid returned from Spanish football’s winter break, having lost their last match on 2017 3-0 at home to Barcelona.

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Zinedine Zidane was marking the second anniversary of his appointment as Madrid head coach, but the Frenchman had a nervy night until late on as second-tier side Numancia pushed Los Blancos hard.

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