HUESCA -- Real Madrid coach Santi Solari said beating Huesca is the kind of game his side must win if they want to compete for La Liga.
The narrow victory, secured thanks to Gareth Bale's eighth minute strike, put Madrid fourth, just four points behind leaders Barcelona.
Solari told the postmatch news conference at El Alcoraz that the mixture of Bale's quality and his team's character had been key to the win.
"[Bale] scored a great goal, which got us the three points, along with the general character...
Real Madrid's first-ever La Liga visit to Huesca's El Alcoraz stadium brought a workmanlike 1-0 win. Gareth Bale volleyed Madrid ahead after just nine minutes and Santi Solari's side thereafter did just enough to gain the three points, which lifted them to fourth in the Primera Division table.
Bale's first La Liga goal in over 100 days -- and 40 shots -- will quiet some of his local critics. A second away La Liga clean sheet of the calendar year should help with confidence at the...
Gareth Bale scored an early winner as Real Madrid won 1-0 away to a spirited Huesca and moved up to fourth in La Liga, five points behind leaders Barcelona.
After an early scare that saw David Ferreiro head wide for the hosts, Madrid took the lead in style after eight minutes when Alvaro Odriozola crossed and Bale steered a cushioned volley past goalkeeper Aleksandar Jovanovic.
Huesca refused to be daunted by that early setback, threatening again when Thibaut Courtois was forced into action by Ezequiel...