The Portugal star lashed out late on but the Wales winger won a penalty and scored it himself to snatch all three points

Gareth Bale was the hero for Real Madrid as his penalty snatched a 2-1 win over Cordoba on Saturday after?Cristiano Ronaldo had been sent off.

Ronaldo was given a straight red card for kicking out at a Cordoba defender with the score deadlocked at 1-1 eight minutes from time at the Estadio Nuevo Arcangel on Saturday.

However, Bale spared his team-mate?s blushes when he converted from the penalty spot in the 89th minute after his own free kick had been handled ? with Cordoba?s Federico Cartabia receiving a second booking for that offence.

Real therefore move four points clear of Barcelona ahead of the Catalans? trip to Elche later on Saturday, but Carlo Ancelotti will be concerned by his side?s performance and the fact Ronaldo ? who cut a frustrated figure throughout the clash ? could now face a three-game ban for violent conduct.



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