Gareth Bale caught leaving early in Real Madrid defeat

Spanish television programme El Chiringuito shared pictures of Gareth Bale leaving early in Real Madrid’s shock 2-0 La Liga defeat to Real Sociedad

The Welsh winger didn’t feature at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night due to a calf muscle problem he sustained in last week’s 2-2 draw at Villarreal.

However, with Real 1-0 down in the 78th-minute of the game, El Chiringuito captured the moment Bale left in his car as his teammates attempted to find an equaliser.

But any hopes Los Blancos had of scrapping something from the game came to an end in the 86th-minute when Ruben Pardo headed in Sociedad’s second goal.

Willian Jose was the other scorer for Sociedad, who move up to 13th in the standings following their victory at the Spanish capital.

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Meanwhile, Real slip to fifth and now trail leaders Barcelona by 10 points with Bale expected to remain sidelined for another long spell.

Santiago Solari’s side will next take on Leganes in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last-16 on Wednesday.

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