Benzema Score Twice And Bale Starts As Real Madrid Beat Alavés

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Real Madrid beat Alaves 2-0 in their La Liga opening as Karim Benzema scored twice as Carlo Ancelotti and Gareth Bale both returned to the club. Bale was included in former Everton manager Ancelotti’s first starting XI after returning from a loan spell at Tottenham.

With a wonderful flick, Eden Hazard set up Benzema’s opener, then Nacho increased the lead with a shot.
Alaves’ Joselu netted a penalty and Benzema scored again before Real’s Vinicius Jr scored a late fourth.

After a free transfer from Bayern Munich, David Alaba made his Real debut at left-back, setting up that late Vinicius goal.

Real Madrid struggled in the first half but dominated after the interval, with Hazard looking in fine shape despite the fitness issues that have hampered his stint at the club thus far. The Belgium playmaker’s backheel pass for Benzema’s opener was particularly impressive.

Bale’s Real Madrid career appears to have been resurrected following Ancelotti’s appointment, as he battled to break into Zinedine Zidane’s lineup before moving to Spurs for a year. In June 2020, he last played for Real against Mallorca.

Source: BBC Sport

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