EL CLÁSICO

Bale goal for Real Madrid controversially ruled out

With the score at Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid, the Welshman saw an 81st-minute header contentiously disallowed by referee Alejandro Hernández Hernández.

Bale goal for Real Madrid controversially ruled out

Real Madrid's 2-1 win over Barcelona in Saturday's El Clásico saw Gareth Bale have a late goal controversially ruled out.

With the scores at 1-1 and just under ten minutes remaining, he looked to have given Real the lead when he rose to head Cristiano Ronaldo's left-wing cross into the corner.

But Los Blancos' celebrations were cut short as referee Alejandro Hernández Hernández deemed that Bale had fouled defender Jordi Alba in the process of meeting the delivery.

Barça keeper Claudio Bravo is beaten by Bale - but the goal didn't stand.

However, television replays indicated that the 26-year-old had jumped cleanly for the ball, although Jordi Alba, in front of the Real Madrid player at the time, fell over as Bale headed home. Real Madrid fans were furious with decision, with many posting their reactions on Twitter, including one who remarked that Bale's only offence was "being taller" than Alba.

Shortly after the contentious decision, Bale turned provider as Cristiano chested down the Welshman's cross to finish - and on this occasion it did count.