Real Madrid humble Roma in Champions League opener

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale celebrates with Marco Asensio at Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain – August 19, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo

Goals from Gareth Bale, Isco and a stunning late strike from Mariano sealed a 3-0 win for Real Madrid against Roma.

The scoreline did not fully reflect the dominance of Real, who had a number of chances to add to their tally.

Isco broke the deadlock in the 45th minute as he brilliantly curled home from a free-kick.

Bale doubled the tally 13 minutes into the second half as he swept home from a long Luka Modric pass before Mariano (90+2) rifled home a superb effort into the bottom far corner to seal the victory on his second debut for the club.

Roma offered very little in return and Real go top of Group G on goal difference after Viktoria Plzen beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 in the group’s other fixture on Wednesday.

Daily trust

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