Spanish Super Cup: Rodriguez scores as Real held by Atletico

James Rodriguez celebrates
Colombian James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot as top scorer at the World Cup

New signing James Rodriguez scored his first goal for Real Madrid but a late Raul Garcia equaliser for Atletico Madrid saw the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup finish 1-1 at the Bernabeu.

But Garcia scrambled the ball home from a corner for the La Liga champions.

Rodriguez came on for Cristiano Ronaldo, who went off at half-time with a suspected back injury.

The two-legged Super Cup is the Spanish equivalent of the English Community Shield - when the League champions play the FA Cup winners - and the 2014 edition saw reigning La Liga champions Atletico facing Real, who won the Copa del Rey last season.

Colombia striker Rodriguez was making his first appearance at Real's Bernabeu Stadium, where supporters paid tribute to club legend Alfredo Di Stefano, who died in July, before kick-off.

And the Champions League winners, who added the Uefa Super Cup to their collection by beating Sevilla in Cardiff last week, were a more potent force after the break.

The James Rodriguez story
Born in Cucuta, Colombia, 12 July, 1991
Played in Colombia and Argentina before signing for Porto in 2010, scoring 32 goals in 105 games and winning three Portuguese titles and the Europa League
Joined Monaco in 2013, scoring 10 times in 38 appearances
Scored six times for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup finals to win the Golden Boot
Signed for Real Madrid on a six-year contract for a fee reported to be £65m, making him the fourth most expensive player in history

Gareth Bale twice went close for Carlo Ancelotti's side, first seeing an angled drive saved by Miguel Angel Moya and then testing the keeper again with a fiercely struck free-kick.

Moya was unable to hold the Welshman's effort but new Real signing Toni Kroos was unable to convert the rebound.

However, World Cup winner Kroos was involved in the opening goal, the Germany international playing in Daniel Carvajal to cross low into the box.

Karim Benzema's shot was blocked but the ball fell for Rodriguez, who steered it home from eight yards out on 80 minutes.

That looked likely to give Real the advantage going into the return leg at the Vicente Calderon stadium but Atletico showed their resilience to hit back.

Diego Simeone's side, who have lost the services of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis, David Villa and Thibaut Courtois since their defeat by Real in the Champions League final, were unbeaten against both Real and Barcelona last season.

And they extended that run when Garcia flicked the ball past Iker Casillas from inside the six-yard box.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Atletico Madrid's Mario Suarez
Ronaldo (right) played only the first 45 minutes before going off with a suspected back injury
Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlo Ancelotti
Manager Carlo Ancelotti decided not to take any chances on Ronaldo's fitness
James Rodriguez
Rodriguez replaced Ronaldo and enjoyed a near-perfect debut with his first goal for the club
Gareth Bale
Bale completed the 90 minutes for the Champions League winners and twice went close to scoring
Raul Garcia
Garcia's away goal gave Atletico the advantage going into the second leg at their Vicente Calderon Stadium