Villarreal 2 Real Madrid 2: Gareth Bale scores on his debut

Villarreal 2 Real Madrid 2: Gareth Bale scores on his debut


Gareth Bale scored on his debut for Real Madrid as Los Blancos were held 2-2 at Villarreal in La Liga.

The Welshman, a 91 million signing from Tottenham Hotspur two weeks ago, grabbed the equaliser for the nine-time European Cup winners at El Madrigal after Cani had given the hosts the lead.

Cristiano Ronaldo then put the visitors ahead before former Spurs striker Giovani Dos Santos pegged back Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

The pre-match build up featured heavily on Bale, and he was named in the starting eleven on the right hand side of the attacking trio that also included Karim Benzema and Ronaldo.

But Los Blancos – the most expensive starting eleven in history at a cost of 387 million euros – got off to a bad start when Cani fired past Diego Lopez into the bottom left hand corner after 20 minutes.

Bale, who missed much of pre-season with a foot injury, showed some good touches and a decent understanding with his team mates despite only training with them for two days this week after returning from international duty. He got his Real career off to the perfect start when he finished off a lovely Real move involving Luka Modric and Daniel Carvajal to tap in from close range just before half time.

The Welshman was taken off just after the hour mark, but Ronaldo gave the visitors the lead with his 203rd goal in his 203rd game from the club, finishing off a quick counter attack.

Newly promoted Villarreal did not give up however, and we back on level terms just minutes later when Dos Santos netted from the left hand side of the area.

The visitors went in search of a winner, with Modric going close and Ronaldo attempting a couple of shots, but it wasn’t to be and Los Blancos lost their 100% record in La Liga.