Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Gareth Bale booed as Real Madrid win at last

Gareth Bale booed as Real Madrid win at last

But this was a game in which Real Madrid rode their luck at times, demonstrated by the sight of Real Valladolid striking the crossbar twice in the second half.

It's two wins out of two for Santiago Solari at Real Madrid.

Following a torrid start to the season, culminating in a 5-1 El Clasico humiliation at the Nou Camp recently, Julen Lopetegui was dismissed as manager despite having only taken up the job over the summer.

Back to work for Real Madrid after Saturday's 2-0 home win over Real Valladolid at the Santiago Bernabeu in Santiago Solari's first league game in charge.

Madrid have moved up to sixth place and are on 17 points, though La Liga leaders Barcelona are seven points clear of their rivals. We understand how the fans feel.

Ramos also highlighted the team's reaction late on, when they were struggling: "When things don't go you have to stay calm".

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The game certainly showed Solari has plenty of work to do with his new side should they want to get back to their form of recent seasons, but he more than anyone will be relieved about the result. We are the ones who must change this, and after the goal it seemed like the Bernabeu lifted again.

Gareth Bale was given particularly rough treatment from the home fans when he was substituted.

Vinicius had excited fans in the Copa del Rey against Melilla in midweek and his flair and bursts of pace injected some verve into Solari's side.

The France global has scored seven goals in 16 matches across all competitions this season but only four of them have come in La Liga, with none since a brace against Leganes on September 1.

The goal was harsh on Valladolid and sucked the life out of the visitors, whose defender Nacho gave away a clumsy penalty kick by falling into Benzema.

"We needed to win, and you don't get out of tough moments like the one we are in by winning easily", Solari said of the scrappy nature of the victory.

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