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Real Madrid fans wrong to boo Gareth Bale - Isco

The Welshman scored a brilliant free-kick in Saturday’s win over Espanyol,

ISCO SAYS REAL Madrid fans were wrong to boo Gareth Bale for failing to pass to Cristiano Ronaldo during the 3-0 win over Espanyol.

The winger scored a wonderful free-kick on 28 minutes after James Rodriguez had opened the scoring, before Nacho rounded off a routine win in the second half.

But despite Bale’s sensational contribution, supporters were still keen to get on his back for a perceived selfish piece of play when he opted to take on the goalkeeper rather than slide in his team-mate for a simple tap-in.

“At the end of the day, players make decisions for themselves. Bale didn’t see Cristiano,” said Isco in the Wales star’s defence.

“In the next game, he’ll get another chance. He decided to shoot and missed, but these things happen in football.”

The victory was a timely one for Madrid who have suffered an unexpected dip in form upon their return from the winter break.

The Champions League winners were beaten 2-1 by Valencia in La Liga last weekend, before losing 2-0 to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 Copa de Rey clash with city rivals Atletico Madrid.

Isco is now looking ahead to the return clash against Diego Simeone’s side next week, after admitting his relief at returning to winning ways.

“Today went well. We’re happy with the win and regaining that winning feeling. We hope to continue like this.

“We hadn’t won since we became world champions. We have now regained our confidence for the match against Atletico.

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“It will be difficult [against Atleti] but we’ll put all our energy into it. With the support of the fans, I think we can stage the comeback.”

Atleti and Barcelona do battle on Sunday, with Madrid four points clear at the top of the table for 24 hours at least.”

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