Real Madrid 3 Roma 0: Gareth Bale, Isco and Mariano Diaz combine to get defending champions off to perfect start

The Spaniard curled in a sublime free-kick in the 45th minute.

Isco lifted his attempt perfectly above the wall and the whip on the ball left Roma keeper Robin Olsen rooted to the spot.

Sergio Ramos could have put the hosts ahead seven minutes before but his looping header was tipped over.

So it was left to the Welshman to double the lead and he did so in trademark style.

Bale latched onto a perfectly weighted ball from Luka Modric and never broke stride as he ate up the space to the Roma box.


He then smashed his left-footed effort across Olsen and into the corner.

That assist was Modric's 12th to Bale throughout the Wales hero's career – the most of any player.

New signing Mariano – who has taken Cristiano Ronaldo's No 7 shirt – added a stunning third in injury time.

Ronaldo was sent off for Juventus in their win over Valencia.


Mariano cut in from the right and unleashed a bullet from the edge of the box in the 93rd minute.

Los Blancos and boss Julen Lopetegui can start dreaming of a FOURTH straight triumph in Europe – especially after Man City's shock home defeat to Lyon.

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