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).

Line-ups

Real Madrid

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

Substitutes

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

Roma

  • 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

Substitutes

  • 4Cristante
  • 7Pellegrini
  • 8Perotti
  • 14Schick
  • 15Marcano
  • 18Santon
  • 83Mirante
Referee:
Björn Kuipers
Attendance:
69,251

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamRoma
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home30
Away13
Shots on Target
Home11
Away4
Corners
Home16
Away11
Fouls
Home7
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Roma 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Roma 0.

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.

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

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Federico Fazio.

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.

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

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Keylor Navas.

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.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Dani Ceballos.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Dani Ceballos replaces Luka Modric.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Patrik Schick.

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

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Kostas Manolas.

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

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.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Edin Dzeko (Roma).

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Kostas Manolas.

Attempt saved. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Aleksandar Kolarov.

Attempt saved. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Mariano.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Mariano replaces Gareth Bale.

Attempt missed. Patrik Schick (Roma) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Cengiz Ünder.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Patrik Schick replaces Steven Nzonzi.

Attempt missed. Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Isco.

Attempt missed. Casemiro (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Isco.

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

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Casemiro.

Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Roma) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Kostas Manolas (Roma) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Cengiz Ünder with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Keylor Navas.

Attempt saved. Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Nzonzi.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Diego Perotti replaces Stephan El Shaarawy.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Marco Asensio replaces Karim Benzema.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 2, Roma 0. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luka Modric following a fast break.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid11002113
2B Dortmund11001013
3Monaco100112-10
4Club Brugge100101-10

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona11004043
2Inter Milan11002113
3Tottenham100112-10
4PSV Eindhoven100104-40

C

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1Liverpool11003213
2Crvena Zvezda10100001
3Napoli10100001
4PSG100123-10

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Galatasaray11003033
2FC Porto10101101
3Schalke10101101
4Lokomotiv Moscow100103-30

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax11003033
2Bayern Munich11002023
3Benfica100102-20
4AEK Athens100103-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lyon11002113
2Hoffenheim10102201
3Shakhtar Donetsk10102201
4Man City100112-10

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid11003033
2CSKA Moscow10102201
3Viktoria Plzen10102201
4Roma100103-30

H

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1Man Utd11003033
2Juventus11002023
3Valencia100102-20
4Young Boys100103-30
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