Real Madrid vs Deportivo: Sergio Ramos sets La Liga red card record

Real captain Sergio Ramos rises high for a header during practice at their Valdebebas base

Welshman Gareth Bale has been subject to heavy criticism after his performances last season, but none of that affected him against Deportivo. We played a great game with and without a ball. While Real didn't really miss Ronaldo as such, his presence adds the killer edge to the team.

After a hard opening five minutes, it was Deportivo that were looking the team more likely to make the breakthrough, with Guilherme just missing the crossbar with a strike from distance as the first period continued to gather pace.

Even though Bale is not a guaranteed starter these days, the Welshman showed on Sunday that he still has plenty to offer for Madrid and there is now no chance he will leave this summer for United or anywhere else.

Just seven minutes later, Casemiro converted Marcelo's cross to double his side's lead before Bale assisted midfielder Toni Kroos just after the hour to complete the scoring, the Mirror reported. After a string of passes, Marcelo fired in a low driven cross which found Casemiro, who made no mistake and tapped home.

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Deportivo continued to threaten, however, with Andone heading over the crossbar from close range in the 37th minute, while Bakkali was causing problems to the champions with his pace and trickery in a wide position.

Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos clashes with Deportivo La Coruna's Swiss defender Fabian Schar. "We'll now look at the next game and we'll see how we're going to approach it".

A congratulatory doff of the cap is most definitely due to Sergio Ramos, who equalled a long-standing Spanish record in Real Madrid's opening game of the league season on Sunday evening.

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