Bale grabbed his second soon after after being picked out by Isco and Real went into the break with a 2-1 advantage.
They survived a serious scare in the 76th minute when Inigo Perez snatched the ball from Marcos Llorente and launched a 40-yard shot over the head of keeper Kiko Cassila that thumped the crossbar and came agonisingly close to crossing the line. "Maybe we do not have enough confidence to play 90 minutes well".
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"I didn't know what kind of performance I was going to put in this week, whether I was going to do well", he said. The 29-year-old sent down 41 winners in a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) victory.
Barca coach Ernesto Valverde rested Andres Iniesta, Leo Messi, Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez for the 1-1 draw in the King's Cup away to Celta on Thursday and all four will start against Levante.
"I don't care [about the winter market], I've only been a coach for two years, but I don't see how signing a player in it can be inconvenient", MARCA quote him as saying.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport: Packers hire Brian Gutekunst as new GM
Gutekunst was the team's director of player personnel, and had been courted by other organizations during GM searches. By hiring Gutekunst, Green Bay is likely sticking with McCarthy for another season.
Liverpool striker and Egypt's national team star Mohamed Salah won the CAF's best African player of the year in a ceremony held Thursday in the Ghanian capital Accra. Conte said at his weekly news conference.
Zinedine Zidane insisted he is not interested in making any signings during the January transfer window as he accepted responsibility for Real Madrid's apparently hopeless LaLiga title defence. "He's strong physically and had good technique", added Conte.
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A source at Barcelona told AFP that "for reasons of confidentiality the club never comments on contractual relations with players". The Spanish civil and football authorities have said repeatedly that Catalan secession would end the participation of the region's clubs in the Spanish League. Despite the fact they have played fewer games than every side above them, they remain a massive 14 points short of Barcelona at the top, with the leaders having only played one more game than Real.