Karim Benzema put Real in front in the first half, before Kroos and Lucas Vazquez got on the scoresheet in the second. The German's goal was the pick of the crop, a long-range effort that nestled in the top corner shortly after Real had been reduced to 10 men. The Welshman was brought it in from the cold after Zidane spent the summer trying to offload him—and did not disappoint. Having flirted with relegation last season, Valladolid got its campaign off to a flier, winning in Seville against Real Betis.
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After only one game back as a starter, the player who wasn't wanted by coach Zinedine Zidane a few weeks ago showed he can still contribute to the team.
Zidane started Bale in the team's Spanish league opener on Saturday — less than a month after saying his transfer would be good for everyone — and got a positive response from the Wales forward in a win over Celta Vigo.
Bale's good performance was a relief after Zidane and Madrid had struggled to find ways to deal with the forward following failed attempts to transfer him in the offseason. Bale and all the players want to stay and want to do their best to defend this jersey.
He nearly found the net himself a few moments later with a shot that prompted a good save by the opposing goalkeeper. After being substituted by Francisco "Isco" Alarcon toward the end of the second half, Bale was saluted by Zidane and his teammates on the bench. He has to keep playing, he is a great player.
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