Bale scores twice in Real Madrid win at Sociedad

Wales forward Gareth Bale scored twice as Real Madrid opened their La Liga season with a win at Real Sociedad.

The 27-year-old scored with a header after 72 seconds before Marco Asensio chipped in a brilliant finish for 2-0.

Bale rounded Sociedad keeper Geronimo Rulli to score again in the final minute for last season’s runners-up.

Sociedad fans applauded throughout the ninth minute as a tribute to their former striker Dalian Atkinson, who died on Monday.

Atkinson wore the number nine shirt when he played for the club during the 1990-91 season.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid – who finished third in May – started their season with a 1-1 draw at home to promoted Alaves.

The hosts looked to have won it with an injury-time penalty from debutant Kevin Gameiro, after Fernando Torres had been pulled down in the area.

However, the visitors, who had previously shown little ambition, gained a point thanks to Manu Garcia’s fine strike in the final seconds.

There were unpleasant scenes during Sporting Gijon’s home game againstAthletic Bilbao.

The referee had to halt the match briefly because of racist chants being aimed at visitors’ forward Inaki Williams by some home fans.

Sporting won the match 2-1.

Source: BBC Sport