Ten-man Real Madrid registered a 3-1 victory over Celta Vigo in their LaLiga opener on Saturday evening.
Surprisingly, Gareth Bale who is rumoured to leave started with marquee signing Eden Hazard missing through injury.
Celta applied the early pressure with a free-kick on the left following a foul by Sergio Ramos, as Real got into rhythm. The deadlock was broken 12 minutes in when Bale tossed and turned into the area from the left to find Karim Benzema who tapped into the corner.
Celta looked for an equaliser on the half-hour mark, but an unmarked Gabriel Fernandez failed to connect with Iago Aspas’s cross.
Celta levelled in added time after Brais Mendez finished off a loose ball, but a Video Assistant Review (VAR) disapproved the strike after Iago Aspas was deemed to be have been in an offside position when playing the ball.
A fiery second half ensued, with Benzema missing a sitter while Thibaut Courtois prohibited Aspas from close-range.
Ten minutes into the half, Luka Modric saw red for a nasty challenge on Denis Suarez, which was revied by VAR.
Courtois kept the lead in their favour two minutes later with a point-blank save from Nestor Araujo’s header. The hosts were made to pay on 61 minutes as Toni Kroos riffled home a 30-yard scorcher which crept off the underside of the bar.
Not bothered with their numerical shortage, Real added a third in the last ten minutes with a string of passes finding Vazquez who lashed into the bottom corner.
Afterwards, new signing Luka Jovic ran out for his debut after arriving from Eintracht Frankfurt with Benzema making way.
Celta grabbed a consolation in time added on with Losada’s strike coming off the post before hitting the net as Real start their campaign on a high.