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Bebe comes close and Ronaldo sent off before Bale grabs last-minute winner

The Ballon d’Or winner was handed a straight red and is facing a three-match ban for violent conduct during Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Cordoba.

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GARETH BALE’S LAST-gasp penalty stole an unconvincing 2-1 win for Real Madrid at Cordoba after Cristiano Ronaldo had been given his marching orders.

Manchester United flop Bebe almost put the hosts two goals to the good in the 18th minute, firing just wide of the post following a driving run into the penalty area.

Ronaldo was given a straight red card for lashing out at a Cordoba defender with the score deadlocked at 1-1 eight minutes from time at the Estadio Nuevo Arcangel.

However, Bale spared his team-mate’s blushes when he converted from the penalty spot in the 89th minute after his own free-kick had been handled – with Cordoba’s Federico Cartabia receiving a second booking for that offence.

Real therefore move four points clear of Barcelona ahead of the Catalans’ trip to Elche later tonight, but Carlo Ancelotti will be concerned by his side’s performance and the fact Ronaldo — who cut a frustrated figure throughout the clash — could now face a three-game ban for violent conduct.

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