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Gareth Bale proves he’s still Real Madrid’s man for the big occasion

The Welshman has just terrorised Kashima Antlers in the Club World Cup semi-final

Gareth Bale just scored a hat-trick in 11 minutes.

Real Madrid beat Kashima Antler 3-1 in their FIFA Club World Cup semi-final and it was all thanks to their Welsh wizard on the wing.

Bale celebrates his third

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Bale celebrates his third

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Bale has seemingly taken the Galactico’s Galactico role since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus in the summer.

And while it has been a turbulent League campaign thus far, the 13 time Champions League winners made easy work of the Japanese side.

A full strength team congratulate Bale

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A full strength team congratulate Bale

Madrid are chasing their third consecutive Club World Cup trophy, and a potential record-breaking fourth in their history.

And if they do it, then a special thanks belongs to the former Spurs favourite. 

Bale’s first goal was a tidy finish into the bottom right corner in the 44th minute, after a lovely one-two with Marcelo.

Bale buried this to open his account

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Bale buried this to open his account

After an satsuma and a cup of tea at the break, the Madrid No.11 came out hungry for more.

Following a disastrous passage of defensive play from the Kashima back-line and keeper, Bale was rushing past the men in red with the goal at his mercy.
He didn’t pass up the opportunity and rolled the ball into an unguarded net.

He can thank the defenders for number two…

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He can thank the defenders for number two…

It was only a mere two minutes before he completed his rapid hat-trick.

This time the Welshman received the ball after Luka Modric completely fluffs his lines when taking a shot on the edge of the box.

The ball ends up at Bale’s feet and he hammers it in the top corner with that lethal left peg.

The winger put this right in the top bin

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The winger put this right in the top bin

Kashima Antler pulled one back after a review from VAR – but it was too little too late for the underdogs.

Madrid manger Santiago Solari had seen enough from his big-game player and subbed him off on the hour-mark with one eye on the final this weekend.

United Arab Emirates club Al Ain will be their opponents, after seeing off River Plate in the other semi-final.

They’ll certainly face a sterner test from Real – especially if Bale plays like he did tonight.


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