The team protected Bale when he was subbed

As Gareth Bale left the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu pitch to be replaced by Borja Mayoral, he was met by a cacophony of whistles from the stands, but a round of applause from his Real Madrid teammates to drown them out.

Each time the Welshman had lost the ball during the match, the treatment metered out by the supporters was the same.

However, he did manage to provide two assists on the night, and once his number 11 was held up, his colleagues, at least, appreciated his contribution.

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