There was good news for Roma and Real Madrid before their Tuesday evening match had even kicked off, with both teams qualifying for the next round of the Champions League thanks to Viktoria Plzen's 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow.
However, after the damaging 3-0 league defeat to minnows Eibar on Saturday, which marked his first loss in his first game as permanent head coach, Solari has broken silence ahead of their Group G encounter with AS Roma. After rumors began to swirl that the Real Madrid board was growing exhausted of Bale's lack of determination and were ready to move on from him, the number 11 came up huge.
An all-important goal from Gareth Bale some 60 seconds into the second half and great link-up between the three forwards led to two goals for the good.
And that awful miss was punished 61 seconds into the second half by Bale.
A fine team move from Santiago Solari's side ended with Karim Benzema nodding the ball into the path of Vazquez for a simple finish, with Olsen making a string of saves to keep the scoreline respectable.
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Bale made them pay when he latched onto a poorly timed Federico Fazio header, which was meant to reach Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
Madrid had not won any of their last seven matches in which Varane had played, losing six of them, but he gave an assured display at the back.
He was caught offside just one time, completed 87 percent of his passes, and had two very good chances to score (the first being the goal).
Roma were without injured forward Edin Dzeko, the Champions League joint-top scorer this season with five goals, and the Bosnian's absence was felt during a wasteful first half. How the 21-year-old managed to miss from around five yards out will remain a mystery.