Spanish La Liga
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Real Sociedad 0-3 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale helped Wales reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016

Wales forward Gareth Bale scored twice as Real Madrid opened their La Liga season with a win at Real Sociedad.

The 27-year-old scored with a header after 72 seconds before Marco Asensio chipped in a brilliant finish for 2-0.

Bale rounded Sociedad keeper Geronimo Rulli to score again in the final minute for last season's runners-up.

Sociedad fans applauded throughout the ninth minute as a tribute to their former striker Dalian Atkinson, who died on Monday.

Atkinson wore the number nine shirt when he played for the club during the 1990-91 season.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid - who finished third in May - started their season with a 1-1 draw at home to promoted Alaves.

The hosts looked to have won it with an injury-time penalty from debutant Kevin Gameiro, after Fernando Torres had been pulled down in the area.

However, the visitors, who had previously shown little ambition, gained a point thanks to Manu Garcia's fine strike in the final seconds.

There were unpleasant scenes during Sporting Gijon's home game against Athletic Bilbao.

The referee had to halt the match briefly because of racist chants being aimed at visitors' forward Inaki Williams by some home fans.

Sporting won the match 2-1.

Line-ups

Real Sociedad

  • 1Rulli
  • 20ZaldúaBooked at 68mins
  • 3GonzálezSubstituted forVelaat 79'minutes
  • 6Iñigo Martínez
  • 19Berchiche IzetaBooked at 87mins
  • 4Illarramendi
  • 5Bergara
  • 18Oyarzabal
  • 17Zurutuza
  • 24ConchaSubstituted forDa Silvaat 56'minutes
  • 7JuanmiSubstituted forXabi Prietoat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Xabi Prieto
  • 11Vela
  • 12Da Silva
  • 14Rubén Pardo
  • 15Elustondo
  • 21Hernández Ortega
  • 25Ramírez Martínez

Real Madrid

  • 13Casilla
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 4RamosBooked at 87mins
  • 12Marcelo
  • 16Kovacic
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 50mins
  • 8KroosSubstituted forIscoat 73'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 21MorataBooked at 54minsSubstituted forRodríguezat 77'minutes
  • 20AsensioSubstituted forVázquezat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Nacho
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 17Vázquez
  • 18Mariano
  • 22Isco
  • 23Danilo
  • 31Yáñez
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
27,653

Match Stats

Home TeamReal SociedadAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home8
Away18
Shots on Target
Home0
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home22
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Real Sociedad 0, Real Madrid 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Sociedad 0, Real Madrid 3.

Goal!

Goal! Real Sociedad 0, Real Madrid 3. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Rodríguez.

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Zurutuza (Real Sociedad).

Attempt saved. James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.

Attempt missed. Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Casemiro.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) because of an injury.

Booking

Yuri (Real Sociedad) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Casemiro (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Willian José (Real Sociedad).

Attempt blocked. Xabi Prieto (Real Sociedad) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Iñigo Martínez.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kiko Casilla (Real Madrid) because of an injury.

Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Marcelo.

Attempt blocked. Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Xabi Prieto.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Iñigo Martínez.

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Sociedad. Carlos Vela replaces Mikel González.

Attempt missed. Xabi Prieto (Real Sociedad) header from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Zurutuza with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

Attempt blocked. Yuri (Real Sociedad) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Markel Bergara.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. James Rodríguez replaces Álvaro Morata.

Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Zurutuza (Real Sociedad).

Attempt missed. Willian José (Real Sociedad) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Zaldúa with a cross.

Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Toni Kroos.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Sociedad. Xabi Prieto replaces Juanmi.

Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mikel González (Real Sociedad).

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Asier Illarramendi.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Gerónimo Rulli.

Attempt saved. Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Zaldúa (Real Sociedad) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 21st August 2016

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona11006243
2Real Madrid11003033
3Sevilla11006423
4Dep La Coruña11002113
5Sporting Gijón11002113
6Atl Madrid10101101
7Granada10101101
8Malaga10101101
9Osasuna10101101
10Villarreal10101101
11Alavés10101101
12Celta Vigo00000000
13Las Palmas00000000
14Leganés00000000
15Valencia00000000
16Ath Bilbao100112-10
17Eibar100112-10
18Espanyol100146-20
19Real Sociedad100103-30
20Real Betis100126-40
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