"In general we can be happy with our performance," added Zidane. "It isn't an easy place to come and they had chances to score." Deportivo were left to rue two big opportunities missed by Florin Andone in the first 10 minutes, whilst the Romanian international also saw a late penalty saved by Keylor Navas. Zidane made four changes from the side that completed a 5-1 aggregate hammering of Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday. Victory in midweek sealed a fourth trophy for Zidane's men in as many months after lifting La Liga, the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup.
Contrasting emotions as Sergio Ramos is shown the 18th red card of his LaLiga career whilst Real Madrid win 3-0 on the opening weekend. pic.twitter.com/4HgLPfgDw6— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 20, 2017
3️⃣ goals... 3️⃣ points! ? We kicked-off the new season with a convincing victory at Riazor!#RMLiga #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/q0fkcmsGNY — Real Madrid C.F.?? (@realmadriden) August 20, 2017However, far from their invincible form of late, Real were lucky to escape unpunished from a slow start. Navas flew to his left to turn Andone's first effort from a narrow angle to safety, but should have been beaten when the forward fired straight at the Costa Rican when clean through moments later. There was no way back for Deportivo once Madrid took the lead on 20 minutes as Bale pounced on Karim Benzema's scuffed shot to fire into an unguarded net for his first goal of the season.
⚽️1️⃣✅ #RMLiga @GarethBale11 celebrates scoring our first LaLiga goal of the season!#HALAMADRID!!! pic.twitter.com/NqZVgPpgdH — Real Madrid C.F.?? (@realmadriden) August 20, 2017A wonderfully worked team goal followed six minutes later as Real moved the ball all over the pitch before Marcelo's low cross was turned home by Casemiro. Bale turned provider for Real's third just after the hour mark as Kroos's deflected effort from the edge of the box found the top corner.
Gareth Bale's LaLiga record for Real Madrid: 93 starts ? 55 goals ⚽️ 33 assists ?️ That might have been the easiest yet. pic.twitter.com/2dZoxAQgwM — Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 20, 2017Andone missed another chance for a consolation when his poorly hit spot-kick was easily turned behind by Navas two minutes from time before Ramos saw red. Madrid move to the top of the table thanks to their better goal difference ahead of Barcelona, who beat Real Betis 2-0 in emotional circumstances at the Camp Nou earlier on Sunday. Betis defender Alin Tosca diverted a cross from the lively Gerard Deulofeu into his own net to put Barca ahead in the 36th minute, while the former Everton forward, who returned to his boyhood club this summer, also laid on the pass for the second goal which was smashed in by Sergi Roberto in the 39th.
? Camp Nou tribute to the victims of the recent attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils ? https://t.co/BLmljcsrOg — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 21, 2017The hosts rose to the challenge of raising the city's spirits as an Alin Tosca own goal and Sergi Roberto's strike ensured a comfortable victory. "It was a moving tribute, we wanted to celebrate this victory and I dedicated the (first) goal to the victims and their families," Deulofeu told reporters. "What happened was terrible, we hope something like this never happens again. We are not afraid but this needs to stop. This victory was for them."