Bale scores on Real debut

Gareth Bale scored in his first game for Real Madrid on Saturday night. The Wales star started against Villarreal, and found the net from close range in the first half, before being substituted after an hour.

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Coleman: 'Dangerous' for Bale to play full 90 for Madrid

Gareth Bale could not turn around Wales' fortunes last night. Credit: PA

Wales manager Chris Coleman has said it would be "dangerous" if Real Madrid try to play Gareth Bale for a full 90 minutes on Saturday.

The 24-year-old is in line to make his debut for his new club against Villarreal, after appearing as a substitute for Wales, in their 3-0 defeat to Serbia.

Bale has been suffering with a foot injury, and then a groin problem. He came off the bench with just over half an hour remaining, and almost grabbed a goal with a free-kick.

Coleman said: "If he starts Saturday, he will not finish the game. I would be amazed if he does. We have looked at him in these 10 days and he is nowhere near ready for 90 minutes, even if Spanish football is slower. He has only had four training sessions in two months which is dangerous."

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