Gareth Bale scored his 1st goal in almost 2 years for Real Madrid in LaLiga on Sunday but substitute Vinicius Junior stole the show with 2 late strikes to grab a 3-3 draw at Levante in a game that had it all.
Bale got Real off to a fine begin within the fifth minute and Carlo Ancelotti’s side dominated the rest of the first half but found themselves 2-1 down early in the second period.
Levante striker Roger Marti beat Thibaut Courtois to level in the 1st minute after the interval before Jose campana put the hosts in front with a sensational volley within the 57th.
Ancelotti took off Bale, Eden Hazard, and Isco moments after the goal, and substitute Vinicius had a prompt impact, leveling within the 73rd minute with a coolly taken end following a defense-splitting through ball from deep by Casemiro.
Levante restored their lead in the 79th through Roger Pier following a free-kick. However, Vinicius again came to Real’s rescue, leveling in the 85th minute with an audacious shot in off the post from a good angle.
More chaos was to return as Levante keeper Aitor Fernandez was sent off for flying out of his space and handling the ball to prevent a true counter, leaving defender Ruben Vezo to don the gloves and defend the goal for a remaining couple of minutes.