Gareth Bale, the Welsh star and most-expensive soccer player in the world, scored this incredible goal in the 85th minute of the Copa Del Rey for Real Madrid against eternal rival Barcelona. He picked up the ball inside his own half, dribbled almost to the touchline — fending off Marc Bartra almost the whole way — and embarrassed Barcelona backup keeper Pinto in the process, giving Real Madrid a 2-1 victory.
Brazilian lower league teams Potiguar and Baraunas played their 100th derby over the weekend. It didn’t go too smoothly with a second-half brawl resulting in four red cards handed out to each team. Notice the wild, flying Street Fighter II level kick toward the end of the clip.
Mexico rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with the United States in a friendly on Wednesday night.
Michael Bradley and Chris Wondolowski scored first-half goals for the Americans, who dominated the opening 45 minutes, but Mexico stormed back after halftime with goals from Rafa Marquez and Alan Pulido before a couple of controversial late decisions ended the friendly with the rivals all even.
The Americans’ final group tune-ups before the World Cup start on May 27, when they host Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
If the United States are going to survive the “Group of Death” in June, they will have to replicate their first-half performance, while Mexico’s second-half showing gives hope for them to deal with Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon.