Ronaldo returns as Madrid aim to pressure leaders Barcelona

Ronaldo returns as Madrid aim to pressure leaders Barcelona”

At the beginning of the season, we thought La Liga would be Real Madrid steamrolling everybody while Barcelona hang on for dear life.

Mateo Kovacic went off with an adductor injury against APOEL last week and the Croatian midfielder is expected to be sidelined for up to two months.

The much-criticized Gareth Bale then sealed the win with a left foot shot in the 61st minute after a pass from Isco.

Gareth Bale responded in style to his critics with a fine finish as Real Madrid got back to winning ways with a 3-1 win at Real Sociedad on Sunday. He played well, a livewire in his position, linked up well with his teammates, scored the opening goal with a pure striker's bit of opportunistic play and set up another, beating Llorente in the middle of the park, going round Elustondo, ran and sending in a cross that Kevin Rodrigues unfortunately put in the back of his own net.

The youngster did not let him down, scoring one goal, creating another and generally delivering an eye-catching performance which suggested he belongs at this level.

Levante and Valencia remain unbeaten at the start of the season as they drew 1-1 in the Valencia city derby.

Juan Narvaez is out injured and will play no part at the Bernabeu.

Real Sociedad are third, on nine points, one ahead of Madrid and one behind Sevilla, who beat Girona 1-0 away to move second.

The goal also showed exactly why Barca have signed him, as he received Lionel Messi's pass before barging into the area, bouncing off challenges, and smashing home a powerful strike. Have your say in the comments section below.

Cristiano Ronaldo has five goals and five assists in his 10 appearances against Betis in La Liga.

"Every goal is important and special with Madrid, and hopefully I'll score in more important matches". On a given day, Crisitiano Ronaldo will be the difference-maker, on other occasion it'll be Isco...

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