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La Liga 2016/17: Real Madrid 5-2 Osasuna - 5 Talking Points

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 10:    Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates with Gareth Bale after scoring opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and CA Osasuna at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 10, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Ronaldo is back and in the thick of things already
Sachin Bhat
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Modified 11 Sep 2016, 10:33 IST
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Real Madrid kept their 100% record to the season intact as they cruised to a 5-2 home win over the newly promoted Osasuna, with Cristiano Ronaldo also marking his return to action with an early strike.

In his first appearance of the season, the Portuguese maestro took just 5 minutes to open the scoring with a simple tap-in, with Danilo and Sergio Ramos scoring late on in the half.

Pepe and Luka Modric added two more after the break to make it 5-0, but the Bernabeu celebrations were soured a little when Oriol Riera and David Garcia pulled two back for the visitors.

Things could’ve been worse for Madrid had Roberto Garcia not missed from the spot. Regardless, Madrid picked up all three points to move to the top of the table. Here are the talking points.


#1 Ronaldo hits the ground running

Cristiano Ronaldo
He’s back!

Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo returned to action for the first time since the finals of the Euros and left his mark on the game as early as the fifth minute as the Portuguese triggered the onslaught with a simple tap-in.

Gareth Bale ran into the area completely unmarked and played a cross against the face of the goal for the 31-year to make the easiest of finishes.

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It was an encouraging return to football for Ronaldo as he opened his account for the new season. Ronaldo wasn’t at his rollicking best as he refrained from exerting too much on the game and remained quiet after his goal.

He had a couple of touches on the ball and one or two crosses; perhaps finding his way slowly back to competitive football.

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Published 11 Sep 2016, 10:17 IST
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