Gareth Bale goal helps Real Madrid past Celta Vigo in Zidane’s first game back

It had to be him. Dumped and disciplined, publicly accused of being out of shape, unprofessional and letting down his teammates, ostracised since October. On the day Zinedine Zidane returned Isco returned with him and scored the goal that set Real Madrid on course for a first home victory in five. Not given a single start by Santiago Solari, there was something symbolic in how central he and the rest of the old guard were here.

There was something symbolic too in Gareth Bale getting the second: a man most assumed to be on his way, perhaps getting a new start. It is early to say that, but there was something in this that seemed to speak of a recognition of the glory days and a hint perhaps that the future at the Bernabéu might look a little like the past.

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