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Bale strikes twice but Real held
Bale strikes twice but Real held

Bale strikes twice but Real held

Written by Gideon Sarpong
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Gareth Bale scored twice but Real Marid fell further behind runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona after Maxi Gomez scored late on to claim a 2-2 draw for Celta Vigo.

Bale's first-half double looked to have sealed the points for Real at the Balaidos when he struck twice in two minutes to cancel out Daniel Wass's sublime lob, and Celta's luck looked to be out when Keylor Navas saved Iago Aspas's second-half penalty.

Real looked to have done enough to claim the points, but lost their lead when Gomez leapt highest to nod Wass's cross past Navas with eight minutes to go.

The result leaves the champions 16 points behind Barcelona and facing the prospect of being out of the La Liga title race by January, with the gap to Valencia in third now five points.