Bale scores as Real Madrid begin with win

Bale scores as Real Madrid begin with win

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has equalled the La Liga record for the most red cards received after his dismissal on Sunday night.

Zinedine Zidane called for big year from Bale ahead of the match and the Wales worldwide responded by scoring Madrid's opening league goal of the season for a third consecutive campaign.

Messi may not have scored as Barca kicked off their season with a 2-0 win at home to a revamped Betis, but he was at the heart of most of his side's best move, hitting the woodwork twice into the bargain.

Both clubs pushing forward for goals, with Deportivo coming close again in the 59th minute, Florin Andone being denied again. Nevertheless, Real was not in top form, even though Bale snatched up Karim Benzemas fumbled shot to blast one into an unguarded net at the 20-minute mark.

Madrid were then two goals ahead just seven minutes later, Casemiro rounding off a 44m-pass move to eventually convert from Marcelo's delivery into the area. This was Bale's first goal in 392 minutes of football.

Real Madrid wing-back Marcelo was happy with victory at Deportivo La Coruna.

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The hosts nearly got one back when Guilherme turned in the box and fired a powerful effort against the crossbar.

The Spaniard was given his marching orders in the 92nd minute after he caught Borja Valle with his arm while challenging for a ball in the air.

- There were 44 passes in the build-up for Casemiro's goal, the most before a goal in La Liga since at least 2006/07.

Out of Ramos's 23 red cards, 18 have come in the La Liga, three were shown in the UEFA Champions League and two in the Copa del Rey.

Zidane made four changes from the side that completed a 5-1 aggregate hammering of Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday.

- Keylor Navas has kept consecutive clean sheets for Real Madrid for the first time since November 2016 (all competitions).

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