Bale delighted to get on the scoresheet

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale scored in his first game back for the club against Celta Vigo after a month and a half out with torn calf muscle.

Los Blancos demolished Celta Vigo 7-1 on Saturday, with Pepe opening the scoring before Cristiano Ronaldo bagged four goals, while Jese and Bale completed the rout.

The Welshman has missed Real’s last seven games recovering from a torn calf muscle and was well received by the club’s fans when he came on as a second half substitute for Isco.

Bale was delighted to make a scoring return to the team and stressed the importance of the big win for their confidence and repay the faith the supporters have given the club.

“It was a little frustrating after six weeks out, but it was great to come back and score,” he said after the game. “The most important thing was to boost the team’s confidence and play well. The fans’ great support comes in handy because we want to go hand-in-hand and do great things together.”

The win moved Real to within one point of city rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga’s standings, with Atleti set for a tough trip to Valencia on Sunday.

Los Blancos next assignment is the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Roma. The Spanish giants are firm favourites to advance having beaten the Serie A club 2-0 in the first leg in Italy.