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The breakdown of Gareth Bale's incredible bicycle kick in Champions League final

The breakdown of Gareth Bale's incredible bicycle kick in the Champions League final: 16-pass move finished by sensational 38mph strike

  • Gareth Bale broke Liverpool's hearts with a stunning substitute performance
  • He acrobatically dispatched a 15-yard left-foot scissor-kick into roof of the net
  • The stunning finish was the end of 16-pass move and just Bale's seventh touch

By Kate Mcgreavy For Mailonline

Published: 07:08 EDT, 27 May 2018 | Updated: 10:40 EDT, 27 May 2018

Gareth Bale broke Liverpool's hearts with a stunning substitute performance crowned with a spectacular overhead kick in Real Madrid's 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday night.

The Welshman acrobatically dispatched a 15-yard left-foot scissor-kick into the roof of the net three minutes after coming off the bench to replace Isco. 

The sensational finish was, in fact, the end of a 16-pass move and just Bale's seventh touch of the game.

Gareth Bale's overhead kick was the end of a 16-pass move and just his seventh touch of game
Gareth Bale's overhead kick was the end of a 16-pass move and just his seventh touch of game

Gareth Bale's overhead kick was the end of a 16-pass move and just his seventh touch of game

Bale was involved in the move early on with exchanges with midfielder Luka Modric 
Bale was involved in the move early on with exchanges with midfielder Luka Modric 

Bale was involved in the move early on with exchanges with midfielder Luka Modric 


Bale rose 6ft 6in in the air to get his foot over the ball and his effort travelled at 38mph, flying past Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius.

The 28-year-old was also involved in the build-up to his 64th minute stunning strike.

Centre back Sergio Ramos started off the move by winning a header.

Modric was central to piece of play which led to Bale's first goal of the Champions League final
Modric was central to piece of play which led to Bale's first goal of the Champions League final

Modric was central to piece of play which led to Bale's first goal of the Champions League final

Modric pulled the strings from into the Liverpool half as the Reds midfield tried to press
Modric pulled the strings from into the Liverpool half as the Reds midfield tried to press

Modric pulled the strings from into the Liverpool half as the Reds midfield tried to press

Luka Modric was then central to the passage of play, exchanging passes with Nacho and Bale in the centre of the park. 

Madrid pulled Liverpool's players around trying to work space and the ball went back to centre halves Ramos and Raphael Varane before Modric pulled the strings from further into the Liverpool half.

The Reds midfield tried to continue with their pressing but Toni Kroos switched the play quickly out to Cristiano Ronaldo on the left wing. 

The ball eventually found its way to Cristiano Ronaldo who laid the ball off to Casemiro
The ball eventually found its way to Cristiano Ronaldo who laid the ball off to Casemiro

The ball eventually found its way to Cristiano Ronaldo who laid the ball off to Casemiro

Casemiro then played the ball back out to the left to find Marcelo, who provided the assist
Casemiro then played the ball back out to the left to find Marcelo, who provided the assist

Casemiro then played the ball back out to the left to find Marcelo, who provided the assist

Bale made his way into the centre forward position and was found by a Marcelo cross
Bale made his way into the centre forward position and was found by a Marcelo cross

Bale made his way into the centre forward position and was found by a Marcelo cross

Sportsmail's Match Zone reveals the passage of play which led to Bale's incredible bicycle kick
Sportsmail's Match Zone reveals the passage of play which led to Bale's incredible bicycle kick

Sportsmail's Match Zone reveals the passage of play which led to Bale's incredible bicycle kick

The Madrid star cut in trying to work room for the shot before laying the ball back to Casemiro who in turn found Marcelo out wide. 

Bale, who had made his way into a centre forward position and drifted into the box, found himself in space just inside the area as Ronaldo and Karim Benzema occupied the Reds defence.

Marcelo's right-footed cross came in and Bale connected for the sweetest of strikes.  

Bale rose 6ft 6in in the air to get his foot over the ball and his effort travelled at 38mph
Bale rose 6ft 6in in the air to get his foot over the ball and his effort travelled at 38mph

Bale rose 6ft 6in in the air to get his foot over the ball and his effort travelled at 38mph

Bale broke Liverpool's hearts with a stunning substitute performance on Saturday night
Bale broke Liverpool's hearts with a stunning substitute performance on Saturday night

Bale broke Liverpool's hearts with a stunning substitute performance on Saturday night

He acrobatically dispatched a 15-yard left-foot scissor-kick into roof of the net in second half
He acrobatically dispatched a 15-yard left-foot scissor-kick into roof of the net in second half

He acrobatically dispatched a 15-yard left-foot scissor-kick into roof of the net in second half

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