No Ronaldo, no problem as Real start La Liga with victory

first_imgKeylor Navas held on to his place as Real Madrid’s starting goalkeeper despite the arrival of Thibaut Courtois.Costa Rica international Navas has been first choice since 2015 but had been expected to make way for Courtois, a recent 35-million-euro recruit from Chelsea who was voted best goalkeeper at this summer’s World Cup.Julen Lopetegui, who replaced Zidane as coach, also selected Nacho at the heart of the defence rather than French World Cup winner Raphael Varane.Real, playing their first La Liga game since the departure of Ronaldo to Juventus, went into Sunday’s game on the back of a 4-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Supercup in midweek.But they were rarely in trouble on Sunday.Bale was unlucky when a diving header came back off the crossbar in the first half before the Welshman was key in the build-up to the first goal with Carvajal heading in his cross.Another defensive error helped Real grab their second goal when Marco Asensio stole the ball and sent over a cross for Bale to score with his left foot.Asensio was close to getting his name on the scoresheet but was denied by the woodwork.Meanwhile, Portuguese striker Andre Silva marked his La Liga debut with a hat-trick as Sevilla romped to a 4-1 win at Rayo Vallecano, surpassing his total of goals scored for AC Milan in the whole of last season’s Serie A.Silva had managed just two goals for the Serie A giants and was loaned out to Sevilla this summer.Franco “Mudo” Vazquez opened the scoring with a backheel in the 15th minute before Silva bagged his first just after the half hour mark.The 22-year-old added his second in first-half stoppage time after a corner and completed his hat-trick 10 minutes from time.However, he endured a nervous wait before he could celebrate, requiring the VAR to overturn an offside decision which had ruled out Silva’s effort.It was the first time in La Liga history that the VAR had made such an intervention.The system was called upon again in the last minute when Adrian Embarba converted a penalty for Rayo after the referee had initially whistled for a free-kick outside the box.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000On target: Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring the second goal © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Aug 20 – Real Madrid got their La Liga campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory at home to Getafe on Sunday in their first league outing since the summer departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane.The European champions ensured the three points at the Santiago Bernabeu with a 20th-minute goal from Dani Carvajal and a Gareth Bale strike on 51 minutes.last_img read more


Manchester United team news v Southampton: line up for Premier League clash – Predicted starting XI

first_img 8. Juan Mata (right-sided forward) 16. Michael Carrick (defensive midfield) Manchester United will be hoping to bounce back from their midweek defeat in the Champions League on Sunday.The club were beaten 2-1 by PSV Eindhoven in Group B, having gone ahead through Dutch star Memphis Depay, before Hector Moreno and Luciano Narsingh struck.There was also a huge blow for the Red Devils as Luke Shaw was ruled out for at least six months with a broken leg, while captain Wayne Rooney is also a doubt after missing the match.Will this mean a first start for of the season for Marcos Rojo? And will Anthony Martial start his first Premier League match? talkSPORT takes a look.Do you agree with this predicted line-up? Let us know your thoughts below… 11 11 21. Ander Herrera (attacking midfield) 11 11 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted Man United team by leaving a comment below 12. Chris Smalling (centre-back) 7. Memphis Depay (left-sided forward) 5. Marcos Rojo (centre-back) 11 11 9. Anthony Martial (striker) 17. Daley Blind (left-back) 11 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (defensive midfield) 11 11 11 11 36. Matteo Darmian (right-back)last_img read more