Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Bale to start against Rayo Vallecano

05 November 2014, 15:10

BARCELONA - Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale will return to the starting line-up this weekend against Rayo Vallecano after the Welshman successfully played the final 30 minutes against Liverpool on Tuesday, coach Carlo Ancelotti said.

Bale showed no signs of the muscle injury that had kept him out for a month, looking lively down the right wing and he also struck the woodwork as Real cruised past Liverpool and booked a place in the Champions League last 16 with a 1-0 win.

Real are in devastating form and notched up their 12th straight win meaning they are now three shy of the club's record run, achieved by Miguel Munoz's 1960-61 team and under Jose Mourinho in 2011-12.

"Bale did well. He played 30 minutes and was fine," Ancelotti told reporters in Madrid. "I thought it was too soon for him to start. Saturday he will play the game."

Bale missed five games for Real during which Isco impressed and it raised the question whether the Wales winger would win his place back.

Also read: Bale wants Ronaldo stay

Isco had a difficult first season at the club following a move from Malaga but looked sharp with his movement and link-up play especially with Cristiano Ronaldo.

He and Bale offer different qualities with Isco possessing strong technique and vision while the British player's virtues lie in his power and pace.

"My career is only just starting and I have a lot of objectives," Isco told reporters. "The team is more united than ever and we will try and keep our winning run going."

Meanwhile, Ronaldo faced Liverpool having scored in his last 12 games but could not find the net against the Premier League side and remained one short of Raul's record of 71 goals in the Champions League.

"I don't think the problem was that he was worried about scoring," said Ancelotti. "He was involved in the game and did well. We were not talking about records or anything like that.

"There wasn't that much space and he linked up well, he will score in the next match.

"What is most important for me is how well the team plays and to prepare the games.

"The players are motivated and the records like that of the number of victories are not important for us."

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

- Reuters


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...