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Mar 15, 2015 at 8pm UK at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid
2-0
Levante
Bale (18', 40')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Result: Gareth Bale brace gives Real Madrid the win

Gareth Bale scores twice as Real Madrid end a disappointing week on a high with a 2-0 win over Levante.

Real Madrid ended a disappointing week on a high note with a 2-0 win over Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu as Gareth Bale bagged a brace for the home side this evening.

Carlo Ancelotti's side thought that they had taken the lead when Karim Benzema converted from close range, but the France international had strayed into an offside position before finishing.

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale (L) celebrates a goal with teammate Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (2nd L) during the Spanish league football match on March 15, 2015© Getty Images

Bale responded to recent criticism of his performances to give Los Blancos the lead on 18 minutes when he rifled into the bottom corner after Cristiano Ronaldo's effort was cleared off the line.

Ronaldo almost made it 2-0 before the half-hour mark when he latched on to Bale's low cross, but Tono did well to divert the effort wide.

Simao nearly put through his own net on 36 minutes, but his header from Bale's cross hit the woodwork before the Welsh winger nodded over moments later.

The world's most expensive player added his second of the game with five minutes of normal time remaining when he flicked Ronaldo's goalbound effort into the corner.

Gareth Bale (R) of Real Madrid CF competes for the ball with Simao Mate Junios (L) of Levante UD during tha La Liga match on March 15, 2015© Getty Images

After the break Benzema was cruelly denied a sensational goal by the woodwork, and the French striker was unlucky not to see the ball hit the net after twisting his body to make contact on a cross from Bale.

The hat-trick-hunting Bale was then thwarted by the goalkeeper after Benzema's pass had sent the Welshman scurrying through on goal.

Javier Hernandez had a chance to make it 3-0 in the dying moments before Nabil El Zhar almost reduced the deficit in stoppage time when he fired wide from a low cross.

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Gareth Bale (R) of Real Madrid CF competes for the ball with Simao Mate Junios (L) of Levante UD during tha La Liga match on March 15, 2015
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