Bale stars as Real Madrid beat AC Milan to lift Santiago Bernabeu Trophy

first_imgGareth Bale starred for Real Madrid as they beat AC Milan 3-1 to lift the 39th Santiago Bernabeu Trophy on Sunday.Real Madrid broke the deadlock when Bale avoided Ricardo Rodriguez down the right and got the ball to Karim Benzema, who put it past the keeper in the second minute to give Real an early lead.But Real’s joy was short-lived as Milan’s Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, a recent acquisition on loan from Juventus, tied it up 1-1 with a powerful shot to the right corner of the net from outside the box just two minutes later in what was his debut with Milan.Higuain, a former Real Madrid star, didn’t celebrate the goal against his former club.After such a strong beginning, the game’s rhythm slowed down, with the record European champions Real Madrid largely maintaining possession of the ball.But the match was also a test for the Real Madrid attackers following the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.Welshman Bale was the player who made the most attempts at goal and was rewarded at minute 46 when he seized the opportunity of a loose ball in the area, showing his scoring instinct and breaking the tie 2-1.Real Madrid 3-1 MilanWATCH ALL GOALSTrofeo Santiago Bernabéu#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/GlYYCaCIQ7Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) August 11, 2018The second half was a scene of constant changes on both sides, but for 75 minutes the Real Madrid coach kept the attack trio of Marco Asensio, Benzema and Bale, who presumably will still stick together for the UEFA Super Cup final against Atletico Madrid next Wednesday.advertisementFT: @RealMadrid 3-1 @acmilan (@Benzema 2′, @GarethBale11 45’+1′, @Mayoral_Borja 90’+1′; Higuaín 4′).#Emirates | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/SnxURDgscUReal Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) August 11, 2018Real Madrid, reinvigorated by the acquisition of a number of young players, looked like running away with the game, though it was not until minute 91 when Borja Mayoral controlled Donnarumma’s save of a shot by Luka Modric to make the final score 3-1.(With inputs from IANS)last_img