Real Madrid got their defence of the La Liga crown off to a perfect start last night with a routine 3-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna at the Riazor. Zinedine Zidane’s men may be without Cristiano Ronaldo for the first five games of the season but it needn’t have mattered last night.
Los Blancos have already won two trophies this season as the earned European and Spanish Supercup victories over Manchester United and Barcelona respectively and the early momentum that they have built up shows no sign of dissipating.
Gareth Bale who has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu over the course of the summer, showed his worth to the Champions League holders as he opened the scoring on 20 minutes. He was in the right place at the right time to turn home Karim Benzema’s scuffed shot and open the deadlock.
Casemiro would double Real’s lead and end the game as a constant just seven minutes later, it was a phenomenally well executed team goal which resulted in 44 passes before the Brazilian midfielder slotted the ball into the net and put the away side firmly in control.
Gareth Bale would turn provider for Real’s third and final goal of the game, he teed the ball up for Toni Kroos to hit an emphatic shot to secure all three points in what turned out to be a job very well done. There would however be one blot on the copybook.
That being the fact that Sergio Ramos once again saw Red, this time the defender would be given his marching orders for two bookable offences. The second and most crucial one come in second half injury time as Real saw out the final few seconds with just 10 men.
They already sit top after that emphatic win, an ominous sight for the rest of La Liga.
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