It was six years ago today that the Copa Del Rey final was an El Clasico event, and the winning goal was scored by Gareth Bale.
It was the dream Copa Del Rey final for Spanish football. A battle of the countries two football powerhouses. The match was considered over before it began though as there was no Ronaldo in the Real Madrid lineup.
Surely a Madrid attacking trident of Di Maria, Benzema and Gareth “sick note” Bale was no match for Messi, Fabregas, and Neymar.
But after only ten minutes, Los Blancos led by Bale carved open the Barca backline, and Di Maria gave them the lead.
It was end to end stuff, but Madrid was creating better opportunities. Bale even had a goal ruled out early in the second half.
This wastefulness would prove costly when a corner from Barcelona was nodded in by an unmarked Barta.
It was all square with 20 minutes to play.
Neither team sat back, they both wanted the win and bragging rights over their nemesis.
As the clock ticked on, the ball played out to Bale in his own half, saw the Welshman go on a marauding run.
As he pushed the ball past the defender marking him, he appeared to have left too much to do.
But Bale turned on the thrusters, and literally took the outside of the pitch to sprint past his man.
He cut in held off his man and calmly put the ball through the keepers legs.
Check out the goal, what a run on the outside!