Gareth Bale scores brace as Real Madrid cruise past Celta Vigo

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Real Madrid sent out a warning to Liverpool during their final home game of the season with a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Celta Vigo on Saturday evening. Gareth Bale scored twice in three minutes but Real could not hold onto the lead, allowing Celta Vigo to pick up a point.

A majestic third from Isco put the result beyond any doubt and teenage full-back Achraf Hakimi piled on further misery for Celta boss and former Barca assistant Juan Carlos Unzue, who saw defender Sergi Gomez put through his own goal 16 minutes from time.

With very little riding on the outcome of the contest, it came as no surprise to see both sides adopt a somewhat pedestrian pace from the outset.

Bale burst onto Luka Modric's pass to smash home a low opener and scored a fantastic second, cutting in from the right, nutmegging Jonny Castro and shooting from a hard angle.

"Then, of course, it will be a headache to select the team for the final".

It was swiftly three by the 32nd minute, Isco unfurling a glorious strike to equal Bale's moments earlier that arced over a helpless Sergio Alvarez into the top right corner.

Despite finding themselves with an insurmountable challenge to overcome in the blink of an eye, the Galicians continued to plug away and had it not been for a strong close-range stop from Navas to deny Daniel Wass, a touch of gloss could have been taken from the 3-0 scoreline at half-time.

While Messi's face this year suggested he was actually alright with his Real Madrid counterpart scooping the award, Ronaldo never fails in showing how pissed off he is with taking a silver medal, which goes a long way to explaining the relentless run of success he has enjoyed throughout his career.

Celta Vigo have fallen down the table lately. If Aspas is unable to play, the club will turn to Maximiliano Gomez who has scored 16 goals.