Champions League - Group G
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Real Madrid 3-0 Roma: Gareth Bale scores in Champions League win

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale has scored five goals in seven games this season

Real Madrid got their Champions League defence off to a winning start thanks to a comfortable victory over Roma.

The Spanish side, looking to win the tournament for the fourth year in a row, dominated but were frustrated until Isco curled home from 25 yards out at the end of the first half.

Gareth Bale added a second when he ran onto Luka Modric's excellent through ball and slotted home.

And Mariano Diaz struck late on from 20 yards for a deserved third.

Last season's semi-finalists Roma were second best throughout, although Cengiz Under forced a good diving save from Keylor Navas.

However, these two teams will both be favourites to progress from Group G, which also contains Czech side Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow. The Russian visitors came from 2-0 down to draw their opening game 2-2.

Real look good without familiar faces

Real Madrid are unbeaten in La Liga this season after the departures of boss Zinedine Zidane and their all-time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, who had scored or assisted exactly half their Champions League goals in his nine years at the club.

The departure of Ronaldo - the central focus of their play for years - to Juventus seems to have given some Real players a new freedom. Isco and Bale were among the players to take advantage of more responsibility, with Modric playing some sublime passes in midfield.

It took Julen Lopetegui's side 17 shots before they scored through Isco's wonderful free-kick, which he probably would not have been allowed to take next to Ronaldo last season.

Isco scores a free-kick for Real Madrid
Isco's goal was the first direct free-kick shot he had taken in a Champions League match

Bale, who has now scored five goals in seven games this season, looked sharp and hit the woodwork before rifling his game-clinching goal across Robin Olsen into the far corner of the net.

Isco forced a good stop from close range from Olsen, who produced diving saves to deny Toni Kroos and Modric.

Second-half substitute Marco Asensio almost added a spectacular showboating third when he spun in the box to lose two defenders but his no-look shot was well saved by Olsen's leg.

Edin Dzeko's header was kept out by Navas, who was preferred to summer signing Thibaut Courtois in goal for Real.

And 25-year-old striker Mariano - in his first game since returning to the club from Lyon for £29.7m - struck late on to give Real a scoreline that reflected their dominance.

Isco's first attempt - match stats

  • Real have now scored at least once in each of their last 43 home Champions League games (W35 D6 L2) since a 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the 2010-11 semi-final - the longest ever run of its kind in the competition's history.
  • Roma have lost each of their last five away Champions League games, conceding 16 goals, their worst ever losing streak on their travels in the competition.
  • Bale has scored three goals in his last two Champions League games for Real, as many as he had in his previous 27 combined for the club.
  • He has been directly involved in 19 goals in 23 starts in Champions League group stage games (12 goals, 7 assists).
  • Since the start of last season, no defender has been directly involved in more goals in the Champions League than Real Madrid left-back Marcelo (eight - three goals, five assists).

What's next?

Real Madrid host Espanyol on Saturday (19:45 BST) in La Liga, with Roma visiting Bologna on Sunday (14:00 BST) in Serie A.

In the next Champions League fixtures on Tuesday, 2 October, Roma host Viktoria Plzen and Real are at CSKA Moscow (both 20:00 BST).


Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Navas
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 4RamosBooked at 23mins
  • 12Marcelo
  • 10ModricSubstituted forCeballosat 85'minutes
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8Kroos
  • 11BaleSubstituted forMarianoat 73'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forAsensioat 62'minutes
  • 22Isco


  • 6Nacho
  • 7Mariano
  • 17Vázquez
  • 18Llorente
  • 20Asensio
  • 24Ceballos
  • 25Courtois


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Olsen
  • 24Florenzi
  • 44Manolas
  • 20Fazio
  • 11Kolarov
  • 42NzonziSubstituted forSchickat 69'minutes
  • 16De RossiBooked at 44mins
  • 22ZanioloSubstituted forPellegriniat 54'minutes
  • 17Ünder
  • 9DzekoBooked at 76mins
  • 92El ShaarawySubstituted forPerottiat 62'minutes


  • 4Cristante
  • 7Pellegrini
  • 8Perotti
  • 14Schick
  • 15Marcano
  • 18Santon
  • 83Mirante
Björn Kuipers

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Roma 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Roma 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Real Madrid 3, Roma 0. Mariano (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Marcelo.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Marcelo tries a through ball, but Isco is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Federico Fazio.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marco Asensio.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Roma. Conceded by Keylor Navas.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Edin Dzeko (Roma) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lorenzo Pellegrini with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Roma. Conceded by Dani Ceballos.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Roma. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Dani Ceballos replaces Luka Modric.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Patrik Schick.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Casemiro (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Kostas Manolas.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Isco.

  18. Booking

    Edin Dzeko (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Edin Dzeko (Roma).

As It Stood


1Atl Madrid11002113
2B Dortmund11001013
4Club Bruges100101-10


2Inter Milan11002113
4PSV Eindhoven100104-40


2Red Star Belgrade10100001


2FC Porto10101101
4Lokomotiv Moscow100103-30


2Bayern Munich11002023
4AEK Athens100103-30


3Shakhtar Donetsk10102201
4Man City100112-10


1Real Madrid11003033
2CSKA Moscow10102201
3Viktoria Plzen10102201


1Man Utd11003033
4Young Boys100103-30
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