Bale had been disregarded of the beginning line-up for the second time in 4 days, after he was additionally a substitute in opposition to Barca within the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
The Welshman’s objective, his 100th for Real Madrid, won’t have been misplaced on coach Santiago Solari and ended Atletico’s hopes of a comeback after Sergio Ramos’ penalty put Real in entrance at half-time, with Antoine Griezmann earlier cancelling out Casemiro’s acrobatic opener.
By the time Thomas Partey was despatched off with 10 minutes left, the sport was up, and Courtois may have been forgiven for respiration a sigh of aid on the last whistle.
The Belgian, who spent three years at Atletico, was enjoying within the white of Real for the primary time on the residence of his former membership.
He was whistled when he got here out alone to warm-up, when he emerged once more along with his team-mates after which earlier than kick-off too, because the Atletico ultras behind the objective hurled dozens of toy rats in direction of his head. An indication learn, ‘Thibaut – Rata’, simply to underline the purpose.
Alvaro Morata had gone the alternative manner, additionally through Chelsea, now for Atleti after beginning out at Real Madrid. He was cheered and, regardless of a quiet sport, would have scored however for VAR ruling out a formidable lob within the second half.
Isco was disregarded fully after pulling up with a again grievance in coaching on Friday. Diego Simeone picked Saul Niguez in midfield forward of the extra defensive Rodrigo.
His staff have been fired up and first to all the things early on, as Griezmann and Thomas unleashed photographs whereas Dani Carvajal and Sergio Reguilon have been rushed into panicked clearances.
But Real survived and, with nearly their first assault, scored. Ramos rose excessive at a nook and the ball was flicked to the again put up the place the unmarked Casemiro threw himself into the air, and bicycle kicked it in from six yards.
Atleti have been nonetheless snarling as Karim Benzema was shoved into the hoardings and Reguilon tumbled into the cameras. Jose Gimenez clashed with Vinicius, a scuffle that may resurface once more quickly after.
First, although, Griezmann equalised, despatched by means of by Angel Correa, who was lucky to not be penalised for a sturdy problem on Vinicius. Griezmann, simply onside, poked the ball by means of Courtois’ legs.
Vinicius’ tempo had been a relentless thorn in Atleti’s facet however Gimenez refused to be crushed, diving in from behind when he had little probability of getting the ball. The foul might need been dedicated outdoors the field however VAR disagreed, and Ramos whipped the penalty into the nook.
Morata had barely featured within the first half however he was celebrating a objective early within the second, just for his excellent lob over Courtois to be dominated out by VAR for offside.
Bale got here on for Vinicius however Atletico have been on prime and once more, felt aggrieved, after Morata fell over a careless Casemiro problem within the field. Referee Estrada Fernandez gave Real a free-kick.
The push subsided and Bale delivered a sucker-punch. Benzema made the house and Modric the move however Bale had rather a lot to do from the angle on the left. His pushed shot flashed throughout Jan Oblak and nestled within the backside nook.
Atletico’s distress was compounded late on as Thomas earned a second yellow for a nasty problem on Toni Kroos. Bale may have added a fourth however headed over.