Match Report - Sporting G 0-0 R Madrid | 23 Aug 2015
Rafael Benitez oversaw a disappointing 0-0 draw at Sporting Gijon in the first competitive fixture of his reign as Real Madrid manager. The Spanish giants, who were without Karim Benzema due to a thigh injury, produced a somewhat disjointed performance in a match that was also the first since goalkeeper Iker Casillas' departure to Porto.
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Gareth Bale, playing in a new central role, and Cristiano Ronaldo both threatened - striker Karim Benzema was absent with a thigh injury - but Real were frustrated by the hosts, who largely limited their expensively-assembled opponents to long-range efforts. Gijon came the closest to scoring when Antonio Sanabria headed against the underside of the Real crossbar.
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Real Madrid remains the most successful side in the history of La Liga - but Barcelona is catching up. The capital club has claimed 32 titles to Barca's 23, yet Los Blancos have won only one since 2007-08 and are now under pressure to deliver this time around as the Catalans seek a sixth crown in eight years.
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It is understood no formal talks have taken place between clubs, and sources have told Sky Sports News HQ they expect Bale to remain at Real Madrid beyond this summer's transfer window. Manchester United made an offer for Bale two years ago before Tottenham accepted a world-record £86m bid from the Spanish club.
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Roberto Soldado was denied a dream debut for Villarreal as Ruben Castro struck late to earn Real Betis a 1-1 draw with the Yellow Submarine, who had Bruno Soriano sent off in stoppage time. Soldado managed just seven Barclays Premier League goals in two seasons at White Hart Lane but needed just 32 minutes to open his account for his new club, thus giving Marcelino's side the lead at the Benito Villamarin.
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Former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas enjoyed a dream return to boyhood club Celta Vigo by snatching the winner as his side downed 10-man Levante 2-1. Lucas Alcaraz's side had Simao Mate sent off after just four minutes and then went behind five minutes before the break due to Fabian Orellana's low driven effort.