Gareth Bale shines as Real Madrid start La Liga on a winning note

first_imgGareth Bale and Dani Carvajal were on target for Real Madrid as they beat Getafe 2-0 in their La Liga opener on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu.Having been in the shadows of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale has shone bright under new coach Julen Lopetegui in the absence of Ronaldo so far.He assisted Carvajal for the opening goal of the night and then scored the second as Lopetegui got off to a winning start in the La Liga.However, defender Nacho Fernandez insisted Bale is a talent of his own and does not need to follow in anyone’s footsteps.”It’s not a question of him following Ronaldo’s path,” Nacho said.”Cristiano left his mark on a whole era here. Bale is a really key player for us and he’s won many trophies here and has nothing to prove to anyone,” he added.”Everyone knows they can count on him and I’m sure that he’ll continue to perform well. The fans are fully behind Bale and he’s very happy at Real Madrid. We’ve got some fantastic strikers here.”FT: @RealMadrid 2-0 @GetafeCF (@DaniCarvajal92 20′, @GarethBale11 51′).#Emirates | #RMLiga Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) August 19, 2018Bale crashed a header against the crossbar in the first half, before his cross was pushed into Carvajal’s path by Getafe goalkeeper David Soria.In the 51st minute the forward sealed Madrid’s victory, reacting in the box to smash a loose ball past Soria.”He was the best, most dangerous, most incisive player on the pitch in Real’s La Liga opener, it was like seeing Ronaldo,” Spanish newspaper Marca said on Monday.advertisementHowever, this was the first league game since Ronaldo departed and also saw Madrid record their lowest attendance since before the Portuguese arrived in 2009.On Sunday 48,466 fans were present, barely filling half of the 90,000 capacity, the lowest number since May 24, 2009 when 44,270 attended a 3-1 home defeat by Real Mallorca.Ronaldo’s presence at the Bernabeu was undoubtedly a draw and, without signing a replacement, Madrid are depending on Bale to become the team’s new talisman who has the pulling power to draw in the masses and fire the team to glory.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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