Real Madrid's Gareth Bale hails 'great' victor, slams VAR


Al Jazira took a shock lead during the clash, with the victor looking to book a place in the final against Gremio.

After having two goals disallowed, Real fell behind to a Romarinho goal in the 40th minute against Al-Jazira, the reigning UAE league champions.

If Madrid win Wednesday's game, they will face Gremio in the final on Saturday after the Brazilians beat Pachuca of Mexico 1-0 after extra time in Tuesday's first semifinal in Al Ain.

Zinedine Zidane's charges thought they had taken the lead on 30 minutes through Casemiro but the referee's initial decision was overruled by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

"It was great to be able to score, but the most important thing was the victory", said Bale, adding that he's still not at 100 per cent. He scored a goal that means a lot to us. Cristiano's equalizer, after a good shot, came five minutes after Khaseif's injury, as if Al Jazira had lost his genius from the lamp.

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"Bale is all about scoring goals", Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez said.

There was confusion, with referee Sandro Ricci initially appearing to rule out the goal before awarding it and then changing his mind after watching the replay.

The Wales global had only played 30 minutes in the past three months. Mbark Boussoufa scored, but a video review later showed that he was just offside when he received the pass from his teammate.

Madrid were back on level terms thanks to star forward Cristiano Ronaldo who struck in the 53rd minute.

Madrid continued to dominate the proceedings, with Benzema denied by substitute keeper Khaled Al Senaani, and also twice striking a post from close range.