Real Madrid inflicted a four-goals-to-one defeat on Girona in a Sunday La Liga match played inside the Estadi Montilivi.
Girona dominated the first half of the match in which they played more attacking football and had more scoring attempts than their more illustrious opponent.
Madrid had a chance to open scoring in the fourteenth minute , but Isco misdirected his final shot after receiving a pass in the opponent’s eighteen yard box from Marco Asensio.
The trio of Anthony Lozano , Portu and Borja Garcia harried Madrid’s final third on a regular basis in the opening half of the match , and Potru was particularly very dangerous from the right flank where his pace and link-up play with his fellow attackers caused problems for Madrid defenders.
Garcia scored Girona’s goal in the sixteenth minute of the game when he pounced upon the loose ball from a blocked Luzano’s shot at goal – he latched onto the ball , sold an on-rushing Casemiro dummy and got the needed space to shoot the ball into the roof of the net.
Girona almost doubled their lead through Luzano in the twenty sixth minute , but his goal-bound shot was cleared from byline by Dani Carvajal.
Sergio Ramos missed a chance to equalize with his powerful header of the ball from the teasing cross from Marcelo, which located him at the front of the opponent’s eighteen yard box.
Real Madrid attacking play inside Girona’s eighteen yard box ended with Marc Muniesa fouling Asensio inside the eighteen yard box , and referee Juan Munera awarded the Los Blancos a penalty kick , which Ramos dispatched with a Paneka shooting technique.
A different Real Madrid turned up in the second half of the game , in which they tore Girona to shreds with their devastating attacking football that eventually produced three additional goals.
In spite of Madrid’s dominance of the second half of the game , it took the good goalkeeping of Keylor Navas to prevent the home side from scoring more goals.
Few minutes into the second half , Girona’s goalkeeper, Bono prevented a Gareth Bale’s shot from the eighteen yard box from entering his goalpost.
Real Madrid scored in the fifty first minute through a Karim Benzema’s penalty kick , which was awarded to his side after Pere Pons senselessly brought down Asensio in the eighteen yard box.
Keylor Navas had to rush out of his goalmouth area to sweep the ball out of Garcia’s reach as the Girona’s striker broke into the Madrid’s half with only Navas standing between him and the goalpost.
With Navas breathtaking saves in this match , it will be difficult for coach Julen Lopetegui to determine who will be his first choice goalkeeper between Navas and the newly signed Thibaut Courtois.
Gareth Bale scored the Los Blancos third goal in the fifty ninth minute of the game . He received an inch-perfect pass from Isco in the opponent’s half of the pitch and raced with the ball deep into Girona’s eighteen yard box before curling the ball into the far corner of the net.
Navas was on hand again to palm off Garcia’s long-range shot from finding its target , as the home team tried to find their way back into the contest.
Karim Benzema completed the brilliant attacking move Bale had initiated from the right flank when he beat goalkeeper Bono from inside the six yard box after receiving a pass from the dashing Welsh winger.
Real Madrid have now won their first two La Liga matches under the managerial direction of Lopetegui , with the league still at its infancy it will be very difficult to guess whether the Los Blancos can clinch the league title this season.