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Ronaldo was given a straight red card for kicking out at a Cordoba defender which earned him a 3 match ban with the score deadlocked at 1-1 eight minutes from time at the Estadio Nuevo Arcangel on Saturday. Download  video: Ronaldo’s reaction after receiving Red Card 2015

However, Bale spared his team-mate’s blushes when he converted from the penalty spot in the 89th minute after his own free kick had been handled – with Cordoba’s Federico Cartabia receiving a second booking for that offence.

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Real therefore move four points clear of Barcelona ahead of the Catalans’ trip to Elche later on Saturday, but Carlo Ancelotti will be concerned by his side’s performance and the fact Ronaldo – who cut a frustrated figure throughout the clash – could now face a three-game ban for violent conduct.

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