Real Madrid - Champions League - 27 November 2018

Madrid eye champions league consolidation against Roma

There was though a question mark over who would qualify as group winners - with Real and Roma both starting the game on nine points.

The result means Real will face a team who finish second in their group in the last 16, and enjoy home advantage in the second leg.

City again struggled against Lyon and needed an 83rd-minute equalizer from Sergio Aguero to salvage a 2-2 draw in Group F and seal its spot in the knockout stage. After rumors began to swirl that the Real Madrid board was growing exhausted of Bale's lack of determination and were ready to move on from him, the number 11 came up huge.

And that awful miss was punished 61 seconds into the second half by Bale.

He was caught offside just one time, completed 87 percent of his passes, and had two very good chances to score (the first being the goal).

Next up for Solari's side is a home game against fellow Champions League side Valencia.

Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring Real Madrid's opening goal at the Stadio Olimpico.

Indeed, the in-demand attacker found himself presented with a Nicolo Zaniolo cross in front of an open Real Madrid goal, but he somehow fired over the crossbar.

They were beaten 3-0 away at La Liga minnows Eibar on Saturday, their fifth defeat of the season already. A poor kick from Olsen ultimately led to Bale finding all sorts of space inside the Roma box, and the Welshman slid the ball into the bottom corner for his sixth goal of the season.

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