The Anoeta Stadium is Gareth Bale territory and even when the Welshman is suffering from a poor run of form and low confidence, he always shines in San Sebastian.
Sunday was no different as he raced through on goal after being picked out by Isco, showing his electric pace, before executing an unlikely lob with what seemed like his wrong foot to give Real Madrid a 3-1 lead.
In the absence of both Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema it was important that Los Blancos’ No.11 stepped up, and he did just that.
Bale, by scoring, found his sixth goal in just five matches at Anoeta since moving to Spain in 2013 and in every visit, even with Cristiano in the team, it has been the Wales international who has risen above the rest.
Before the trip north, Zinedine Zidane said that the player needed time to get back to his best and he responded to the confidence shown by his coach to bounce back immediately.
A weight of pressure has been lifted off his shoulders with that goal.
The whistles at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu should be silenced for now and Bale, despite saying all that matters was the three points, was evidently releaved to be back on the score sheet.