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Bale On Target As Real Madrid Start LaLiga With Victory

Spanish LaLiga 

Teams: Real Madrid 2-0 Getafe

Date: 19 August 2018

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu

Real Madrid began the LaLiga campaign on a high as goals from Dani Carvajal and Gareth Bale secured a 2-0 win over Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Los Blancos coach Julen Lopetegui opted to start Keylor Navas in the goals as new signing Thibaut Courtois started on the bench along with Luka Modric and Casemiro.

Despite the hosts' domination early on, the opening stages of the encounter proved to be a dull affair as Real struggled to carve out chances.

The deadlock was eventually broken in the 19th minute when Bale's cross was tipped into the path of Carvajal, who sent a looping header into the back of the net.

Los Blancos had the ball in the back of the net four minutes before the break through Sergio Ramos, but the defender's goal was ruled out for a foul in the build-up.

The second goal eventually arrived five minutes into the as Marco Asensio's cross found its way to Bale, who fired home at the near post from 10-yards out.

Asensio nearly got his name on the score-sheet in the 53rd minute with a cracking strike from distance that crashed against upright.

With 20 minutes remaining, Modric was introduced in place of Dani Ceballos as Lopetegui looked to see out the remaining stages of the half.

Getafe looked livelier as the half drew to a close, but they were unable to test Navas in the poles, with the Los Blancos shot-stopper enjoying a quiet evening.

In the end, Real managed to see out the closing stages with relative ease to open their campaign with three points.

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