Bale the hero as Real snatch cup

Frank Dalleres
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WORLD’S most expensive player Gareth Bale repaid a chunk of his fee last night with a dazzling individual goal to snatch the Copa Del Rey for Real Madrid in the final’s dying moments.

Bale hared from inside his own half down the left flank at blistering pace to leave Barcelona defender Marc Bartra floundering before poking through the legs of goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto and sealing a 2-1 win.

It was the Wales winger’s 20th, and arguably most important, goal since joining the Spanish giants last summer from Tottenham for £86m. Real, who remain in contention for the league title and have reached the Champions League last four, had earlier taken the lead through Angel di Maria, only for Bartra’s header to draw Barca level.

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