Spanish La Liga
Córdoba1Real Madrid2

Cordoba 1-2 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale celebrates his winning goal
Bale's 14th goal of the season gave Real a narrow win

Gareth Bale's late penalty ensured La Liga leaders Real Madrid overcame Cristiano Ronaldo's dismissal to secure a hard-fought victory over Cordoba.

Nabil Ghilas' early penalty meant Real had to fight back, which they initially did through Karim Benzema's equaliser.

Their chances of victory seemed lost after Ronaldo was sent off for lashing out at Edimar in the 82nd minute.

But Fede Cartabia saw red for handling in the box and Bale scored from the spot to keep Real top of the table.

The win keeps Carlo Ancelotti's side one point ahead of second-placed Barcelona, who beat Elche 6-0 on Saturday.

It also gives them a third straight La Liga victory after their 22-game winning streak in 2014 was brought to an end by Valencia on 4 January.

They were forced to do it the hard way, though, after Ghilas' second-minute spot-kick - awarded for handball in the box by Sergio Ramos - had given Cordoba the lead at the Nuevo Estadio El Arcangel.

Benzema's 15th goal of the season, from close range, ensured that despite their poor showing, Real went in at the break level.

But they failed to improve after the break and, in his frustration, Ronaldo's petulant kick earned him his ninth career dismissal, for which he later apologised via Twitter.

However, Ancelotti's men still managed to grind out a vital victory when Bale successfully took over penalty duties from his departed Portuguese team-mate after Cartabia clearly handled the Welshman's initial free-kick.

Line-ups

Córdoba

  • 1Martín Corral
  • 17Gunino
  • 2Pantic
  • 3Crespo
  • 11Fraga
  • 15Rodríguez Barrera
  • 7RossiBooked at 58mins
  • 24Dias Correia
  • 10Nicolás CartabiaBooked at 87mins
  • 14Ghilas
  • 28AndoneSubstituted forVico Villegasat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Saizar
  • 19López de Silva Sánchez
  • 22López Garai
  • 23Gómez Moreno
  • 29Pinillos
  • 35Vico Villegas
  • 39Agulló Sevilla

Real Madrid

  • 1Casillas
  • 15CarvajalBooked at 74mins
  • 2Varane
  • 4RamosBooked at 2mins
  • 12MarceloSubstituted forFábio Coentrãoat 72'minutes
  • 6KhediraBooked at 63minsSubstituted forIllarramendiat 64'minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forJeséat 80'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 9Benzema
  • 7RonaldoBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 5Fábio Coentrão
  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Jesé
  • 24Illarramendi
Referee:
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Attendance:
21,822

Match Stats

Home TeamCórdobaAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home16
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Córdoba 1, Real Madrid 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Córdoba 1, Real Madrid 2.

Goal!

Goal! Córdoba 1, Real Madrid 2. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Fede Cartabia (Córdoba) for hand ball.

Penalty conceded by Fede Cartabia (Córdoba) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Edimar (Córdoba).

Dismissal

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) is shown the red card for fighting.

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

Edimar (Córdoba) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nabil Ghilas (Córdoba).

Attempt missed. Fausto Rossi (Córdoba) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Edimar following a corner.

Attempt missed. Edimar (Córdoba) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Córdoba. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

Attempt blocked. Nabil Ghilas (Córdoba) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces James Rodríguez.

Substitution

Substitution, Córdoba. Fede Vico replaces Florin Andone.

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Juan Carlos.

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fábio Coentrão.

Attempt saved. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pantic (Córdoba).

Attempt blocked. Pantic (Córdoba) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Córdoba. Conceded by Toni Kroos.

Foul by James Rodríguez (Real Madrid).

Deivid (Córdoba) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Fábio Coentrão replaces Marcelo.

Corner, Córdoba. Conceded by Karim Benzema.

Foul by Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid).

Fede Cartabia (Córdoba) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gareth Bale (Real Madrid).

Fausto Rossi (Córdoba) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Florin Andone (Córdoba) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Fausto Rossi.

Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Florin Andone (Córdoba).

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