Gareth Bale put Real Madrid one goal to the good against Granada at the Bernabeu, putting them one point behind league leaders Barcelona and silencing fierce criticism coming from the Spanish press and fans of Los Blancos.
The Bale goal will help to take the pressure of the side, who have suffered a terrible loss of form since the turn of the year despite still being in the hunt for the league title and Champions League. Real Madrid were defeated in El Clasico at the Nou Camp, the week before the international break, lost 4-0 to bitter rivals Atletico Madrid and have been knocked off top spot in the league.
Should Los Blancos win their game, they will sit just a point behind Barcelona in La Liga, despite their Catalan rivals playing away against Celta Vigo this evening. Bale will also be pleased, following intense criticism from Real Madrid fans and coming under heavy scrutiny from the Spanish press.