Madrid: Gareth Bale made an prompt impression on his return from damage as Actual Madrid prolonged their lead on the prime of La Liga to 4 factors with a 2-Zero win over Espanyol on Saturday.
Bale had been sidelined three months and on his return took simply 13 minutes to attain as he swept residence into the far nook after approaching as second-half substitute in a a lot modified Actual line up.
Alvaro Morata opened the scoring of an in any other case uneventful contest when he bulleted residence Isco's cross 12 minutes earlier than half-time.
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane made seven adjustments to the facet that began Wednesday's Three-1 Champions League final 16, first leg win with tough La Liga journeys to Valencia and Villarreal to come back within the subsequent week in thoughts.
Morata was one these handed a uncommon probability to start out up entrance with Karim Benzema omitted of the squad altogether.
The Spanish worldwide hadn't began any of Actual's earlier 5 league video games, however made his case for extra minutes as he powered residence Isco's tremendous in-swinging cross for his 11th aim of the season.
Morata simply did not get on the tip of a tantalising Cristiano Ronaldo cross and Ronaldo additionally had a aim dominated out for offside as Actual bossed a first-half brief on clear-cut probabilities.
Ronaldo ought to have made the sport secure when he headed over from shut vary halfway via the second-half.
Bale's much-anticipated return since injuring ankle ligaments away at Sporting Lisbon on November 22 got here 20 minutes from time when he changed Morata.
And the Welshman confirmed the house followers what they’ve been lacking for the previous three months as he completed off a lightning fast Actual counter-attack by firing into the far nook.