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Watch: Gareth Bale bags 128th-minute leveller to guide LAFC to MLS Cup glory

The former Real Madrid man came up clutch in Los Angeles

Welsh icon Gareth Bale took centre stage in the action on Saturday night, as LAFC emerged triumphant from the MLS Cup.

The showpiece occasion of the American season was played to completion a short time ago.

The clash in question saw the Philadelphia Union, Eastern Conference champions, go toe-to-toe with their equivalents from the Western Conference – the aforementioned LAFC.

And what a 90 minutes subsequently played out at the Banc of California Stadium.

After the two sides could not be separated across normal time owing to a shared four goals, proceedings were sent to extra-time.

And yet further drama was soon in store.

Step forth, Gareth Bale…

Introduced off the bench in place of former Arsenal star Carlos Vela, Bale, eight minutes into injury time in extra time, produced a trademark moment of brilliance, rising highest to nod home a decisive equaliser:

LAFC, from here, dominated the ensuing penalty shootout, notching three times to Philadelphia’s none to clinch glory in the MLS Cup.

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Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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