Match ends, Alaves 1, Real Madrid 4.
Karim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid beat Alaves in their La Liga opener as Carlo Ancelotti and Gareth Bale returned to the club.
Bale, back from a loan spell at Tottenham, was in former Everton boss Ancelotti's first starting XI.
Eden Hazard set up Benzema's opener with a nice flick and Nacho doubled the lead with a volley.
Benzema scored again and Joselu slotted a penalty for Alaves before Vinicius Jr scored a late fourth for Real.
David Alaba made his Real debut at left-back after his free-transfer move from Bayern Munich - and set up that late Vinicius goal.
Real laboured in the first half but cruised after the break, with Hazard looking in good shape following the fitness problems that have plagued his time at Madrid so far.
A backheel pass by the Belgium playmaker for Benzema's opener in particular was outstanding.
Bale's Real Madrid career looks revived after the appointment of Ancelotti, having struggled to get in Zinedine Zidane's team before going to Spurs for a year. His previous Real game was against Mallorca in June 2020.
- 8PinaSubstituted forMoyaat 82'minutes
- 20PonsSubstituted forLoumat 59'minutes
- 11RiojaSubstituted forPellistriat 68'minutes
- 14García AlonsoBooked at 35minsSubstituted forGuidettiat 59'minutes
- 17MéndezSubstituted forMartínat 68'minutes
- 1CourtoisBooked at 64mins
- 15ValverdeSubstituted forIscoat 88'minutes
- 10ModricSubstituted forAsensioat 88'minutes
- 18BaleBooked at 53minsSubstituted forRodrygoat 68'minutes
- 9BenzemaSubstituted forJovicat 88'minutes
- 7E HazardSubstituted forVinícius Júniorat 66'minutes
- 20Vinícius Júnior
- César Soto Grado
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Alaves 1, Real Madrid 4.
Goal! Alaves 1, Real Madrid 4. Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Alaba with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Fernando Pacheco.
Attempt saved. Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Casemiro.
Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Toni Moya (Alaves).
Substitution, Real Madrid. Luka Jovic replaces Karim Benzema.
Substitution, Real Madrid. Marco Asensio replaces Luka Modric.
Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Federico Valverde.
Attempt blocked. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Federico Valverde (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Vinícius Júnior.
Substitution, Alaves. Toni Moya replaces Tomás Pina.
Attempt saved. Mamadou Loum (Alaves) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Facundo Pellistri.
Casemiro (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mamadou Loum (Alaves).
Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Florian Lejeune.
Foul by Rodrygo (Real Madrid).
Rubén Duarte (Alaves) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Rodrygo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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