Gareth Bale stars as Real Madrid edge FC Barcelona to win Copa del Rey

Welsh winger Gareth Bale scored five minutes from time to give Real Madrid a 2-1 victory over Barcelona in Copa del Rey final.

updated: April 17, 2014 09:01 IST
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Valencia: Gareth Bale scored a stunning individual goal five minutes from time to win the Copa del Rey for Real Madrid as they overcame Barcelona 2-1 at the Mestalla in Valencia on Wednesday. The Welshman had previously been wayward with a series of efforts on goal, but he finally made his mark as he galloped through on goal from inside his own half before prodding the ball past Jose Manuel Pinto.

Madrid had gone in front after just 10 minutes as Angel di Maria raced onto Karim Benzema's through ball and fired low into the corner. Marc Bartra levelled for Barca 22 minutes from time when he headed home Xavi's corner, but it was the young defender who was left in Bale's wake as he sealed his first trophy as a Madrid player.

"It was definetely his most important goal for Madrid," Real boss Carlo Ancelotti said of Bale's winner.

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