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Gareth Bale covered 59.1m in 7.04 seconds before scoring Copa del Rey winner

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gareth Bale's explosive Copa del Rey winner for Real Madrid against Barcelona has been analysed by Spanish Television programme Deportes Cuatro.

The Welsh winger picked up the ball on the halfway line in the 84th minute, stroked the ball past Marc Bartra before breaking into a stride worthy of an Olympic sprinter.

Despite Bartra's shove that sent him on a detour to the dugouts, Bale continued his sprint around on the outside of the pitch.

Bale threw himself forward in front of the young defender, broke into the box and nutmegged José Manuel Pinto in the Barça goal to seal a 2-1 win for Los Blancos.

And Cuatro's sports team got their stopwatches out to time Bale's incredible sprint, which included a section of Barcelona's technical area.

The 24-year-old covered 59.1 metres in just 7.04 seconds as he streaked down the left wing - an average of 8.39 metres per second.

With just 30 strides and six touches, including his strike past Pinto, Bale resolved the match with an extraordinary winner worthy of any cup final.

In his post-match interview with the club's website, Bale said: "I had to sprint, Bartra pushed me and tried to block my path but wasn't able to. I had to go around him.

"It was great to score the goal but even better to win the match and pick up a title for Real Madrid."


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