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Summary

  1. Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona
  2. Messi misses 14th penalty of career
  3. Suarez scores second-half winner
  4. Atletico Madrid beat Las Palmas yesterday

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By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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#bbceurofooty as long as Bale remains in this team, R Madrid will not win a single trophy. Benitez is so clueless.

They won the Champions League two seasons ago and he scored in the final!

Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

Story of the game

Real Madrid peppered in the shots but very few of them were actually that good.

Sporting never had a shot on target, although they came closest when a header came off the underside of the bar and bounced on the line.

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#bbceurofooty Benitez will do to Madrid what he did to Napoli, render them toothless. Perez shot himself in the foot with this choice

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Real Madrid slip up on the first day - the only ones of the 'big three' not to win.

Not a great start for Rafael Benitez's reign.

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Cristiano Ronaldo drives the free-kick into the wall. And the rebound is wide too, although Real want a corner they're not getting.

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Real Madrid on the attack and Marcelo goes down. Free-kick in a dangerous position...

Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

Nacho Cases goes down injured and is in no rush to get up. Several Real Madrid players, including Gareth Bale, not too happy with this.

Of course Real players would never do that.

FOUR MINUTES OF INJURY TIME

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@realmadrid #bbcfootball Real playing like a team without a game plan. Shots being fired all over the place, misplaced passes etc.

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We're into the last minute. Sporting's fans are making plenty of noise. Can their heroes hang on?

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Cristiano Ronaldo heads another effort over for Real Madrid. Frustration is the name of the game here.

Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

Three minutes to go. Real need a goal or else they'll have lost ground on Barcelona and Atletico Madrid already.

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#bbceurofooty ppl criticising man utd who got no strikers , real got full of them still cant score a Goal..what about that then

SUBSTITUTION

Both sides make a change. Real Madrid make a switch at right-back, Dani Carvajal coming on for Danilo.

Rachid Ait-Atmane replaces Carlos Carmona in midfield for Sporting.

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It's taken 84 minutes for Real Madrid to have a shot that really tests the keeper. Cristiano Ronaldo lines up a powerful shot from just outside the box which Ivan Cuellar tips over. 

The corner ends up with Luka Modric outside the box but he fires wide.

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For all of my criticism for Real Madrid here, Sporting Gijon have defended fantastically. This is their first La Liga game in four seasons.

Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo forces a save from an angle and Marcelo heads the rebound well over.

But yet again their shot was straight at Ivan Cuellar.

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Sporting bring on Alex Menendez for Jony.

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Real Madrid right-back Danilo plays a ball across to Cristiano Ronaldo, who somehow fails to turn it in at the far post. Perhaps luckily for him, he was offside anyway.

Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

If Real Madrid are going to play like this under Rafael Benitez all season, he won't even last until the summer.

They've been poor.

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Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, 21, was a summer signing from Inter Milan for a reported £25m. 

Former Croatia defender Josip Simunic told BBC World Service: "I was actually very, very surprised. He hasn't done what he can do on a regular basis for the last 12 months. 

"A club like Real Madrid, I don't think they're going to wait. They want the results straight away. At this time of his career, I think that he has to play. If he doesn't, that's not going to be good for him. "I think he'll do great things at Real Madrid eventually, I just don't know how long that will take."

SUBSTITUTION

Real Madrid bring on Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic for his debut in place of Isco.

Sporting make a change too as Juan Muniz replaces Miguel Guerrero.

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James Rodriguez gets the ball on the right corner of the box and hits a left-footed shot which is again held by Ivan Cuellar. Pretty much all their shots on target have been at the Sporting keeper.

Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

For all this Karim Benzema to Arsenal chat, I can't see why he'd want to make that move. He starts every week at the Bernabeu when fit. And why would Real want to sell him? They have lacked a proper striker today in his absence.

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Has this been the dullest opening weekend in La Liga history?

Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale and Isco play a one-two with some nice touches but then the Wales forward takes the ball out wide and loses it.

Real get it back though and Cristiano Ronaldo misses a header at the back post.

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Isco takes a corner which Gareth Bale heads straight at the keeper. That's Real Madrid's 15th effort of the game.

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Real Madrid have a free-kick in a great position around the right corner of the box but Gareth Bale's effort is quite poor - it doesn't dip or curl enough and is off target.

Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

James Rodriguez drops a good cross into the box from the left wing but Sporting clear it. And moments later Cristiano Ronaldo tries an overhead kick but a defender just heads it away from him.

Real on top but it doesn't feel like they're definitely going to score.

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Real Madrid fail to clear a ball into the box and Carlos Carmona goes down under legal pressure from Sergio Ramos. He looks at the referee for a penalty but doesn't appeal too much. 

SUBSTITUTION

It's Rafael Benitez's first competitive substitution as Real Madrid manager. Jese comes off for James Rodriguez at the top end of the field.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has a shot from 18 yards but it's held by keeper Ivan Cuellar. He's made a few saves but I can't remember any of them being too difficult.

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Real Madrid have an attack as Isco flicks the ball up with his head around the edge of the box but he can't get it down to have an effort and Sporting clear.

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Madrid to slightly nick this one with a Cristiano Ronaldo solo goal. I just have a feeling that's what will be. #bbceurofooty

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Sporting Gijon have a chance to take the lead as Carlos Carmona meets a left-wing cross but he heads it just wide - for a second it looked goalbound.

Encouraging start to this half for the newly promoted side.

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Isco picks up the ball at the edge of the box and has a go but it's straight at Ivan Cuellar, who holds onto it down low.

KICK-OFF - Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

The second half begins.

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#bbceurofooty..where's Benzema. .having a medical at Arsenal then

He was a doubt to start the season with a thigh injury.

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