Gareth Bale gets sent off for Real Madrid ahead of Ireland match

Real Madrid stays atop La Liga table thanks to second-half comeback at Villarreal

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is reportedly ready to axe three stars from his Los Blancos squad next season.

"What we can do is improve our performance".

"We can not be happy with this draw", he said in his post match news conference.

Jese, Tana and David Simon - names to watch on Wednesday together with Jonathan Viera - drove Real Sociedad's back four insane, but failed to put the ball in the back of the net; the visitors only needed a poor pass by Las Palmas' goalie Javi Varas to win all three points.

Bale repeatedly swiped at Viera as he surged away from him and the Las Palmas captain reacted with a minor push after being awarded a foul.

"Bale apologised, of course, he is not happy with the sending off", he added.

Madrid vice-captain Marcelo said Bale is aware his moment of madness had badly let his teammates down.

Paco Alcacer was given a rare chance for the second half as he replaced Suarez and took just four minutes to make it 4-1 when he slotted home from Messi's pass.

In a recurring theme of Madrid's season, a stunning late effort undid a lot of the damage caused by a below-par display.

Wales forward Bale was making his first Madrid start since November after injuring his ankle, and his header sparked a stunning revival after Manu Trigueros and Cedric Bakambu had put Villarreal 2-0 up.

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"We can't go over the top".

Raphael Varane is out for several weeks after picking up an injury at Mestalla last Wednesday, while Danilo is still not ready to return for Madrid on Wednesday and is not in the matchday squad for the game against Las Palmas.

"We performed much better in the second half than we did in the first".

"We have to think about the positives".

Real Madrid came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with the Gran Canaria side.

When asked about the race for the La Liga title, Zidane said that it has been thrown wide open in recent weeks as he asked his side to fight till the end.

Earlier in the night, Barcelona beat Sporting Gijon 6-1 at the Nou Camp meaning Luis Enrique's men jumped to the top of La Liga.

"The only thing I'm going to say is it's not true".

"I have a special squad in this sense, they want to do things in the right way". You always need more time to recover, but it is what it is and we have to accept it.