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Real Madrid 5-0 Real Betis

Gareth Bale scores with a header against Real Betis
Gareth Bale scored 17 goals last season for Real Madrid

Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez both scored twice as Rafael Benitez enjoyed an emphatic win over Real Betis in his first home game as Real Madrid coach.

Bale headed Madrid in front from a second-minute Rodriguez cross and completed the scoring with a superb long-range strike a minute from time.

Rodriguez scored a stunning first-half free-kick and also netted with an overhead kick after Karim Benzema's header had made it 3-0.

Betis's Ruben Castro missed a penalty.

Former Liverpool coach Benitez needed an impressive performance after his first game in charge brought only a 0-0 draw at Sporting Gijon.

And his new side delivered it after Bale's early strike immediately had removed any pressure.

The only surprise of the night was that Cristiano Ronaldo did not get on the score sheet.

Karim Benzema heads a goal for Real Madrid
Karim Benzema was Real Madrid's second highest scorer last season with 22 goals.

Last season's leading La Liga scorer was denied several times by former Real Madrid goalkeeper Antonio Adan.

But Adan had no answer to the accuracy of Rodriguez and Bale, who must have removed any doubts about his immediate future at the Bernabeu Stadium with a display that brought him two goals and an assist for Benzema's goal two minutes into the second half.

Real Betis, who won promotion last season under former West Bromwich Albion manager Pepe Mel, were denied a consolation goal when Navas kept out Castro's penalty after Raphael Varane was harshly judged to have fouled Jorge Molina.

Relive Real Madrid's win here.

Celta Vigo top the table from Barcelona on goal difference after securing their second successive win on Saturday night - a 3-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano.

Hail the support act

Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man at the Bernabeu Stadium but is yet to score this season after a frustrating night in front of goal.

Manager Rafael Benitez will need his goals at some point but has no shortage of other players to plug the gap.

Between them, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema scored 56 times last season - five less than Ronaldo's incredible total.

To have the three up and running this time gave Benitez the ideal start in his first home game.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 23Danilo
  • 2VaraneBooked at 60mins
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 19ModricSubstituted forKovacicat 75'minutes
  • 8KroosBooked at 24minsSubstituted forCasemiroat 64'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 11Bale
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forIscoat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Pepe
  • 13Casilla
  • 14Casemiro
  • 15Carvajal
  • 16Kovacic
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 22Isco

Real Betis

  • 13Adán
  • 12Piccini
  • 20Pezzella
  • 4González Cabrera
  • 2MolineroBooked at 38minsSubstituted forMolinaat 45'minutes
  • 16Cejudo
  • 14Torres BuiguesBooked at 90mins
  • 18A N'DiayeSubstituted fordos Santos Araujoat 81'minutes
  • 11VargasBooked at 29mins
  • 10CeballosSubstituted forDigardat 53'minutes
  • 24Castro

Substitutes

  • 1Giménez
  • 8Rennella
  • 15Digard
  • 17Westermann
  • 19Molina
  • 22Portillo
  • 25dos Santos Araujo
Referee:
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Attendance:
65,958

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamReal Betis
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home21
Away7
Shots on Target
Home11
Away1
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 5, Real Betis 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 5, Real Betis 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

  4. Post update

    Germán Pezzella (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Booking

    Xavi Torres (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Xavi Torres (Real Betis).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Real Betis. Conceded by Casemiro.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Isco (Real Madrid).

  10. Post update

    Germán Pezzella (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Real Madrid 5, Real Betis 0. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Casemiro.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Bruno.

  13. Booking

    Casemiro (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

  15. Post update

    Didier Digard (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Rodríguez with a cross following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Bruno (Real Betis).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Germán Pezzella.

  20. Post update

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

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Saturday 29th August 2015

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