Real Madrid star forward Cristiano Ronaldo made his first appearance of the season memorable as he grabbed the opening goal in a 5 – 2 win over La Liga minnows Osasuna in the league match staged at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday 10 September.
Ronaldo, returning from injury picked at the 2016 Euro final against France two months ago, needed just six minutes to get to the score sheet and coincidentally, Gareth Bale, who had taken a lead role in the team in Ronaldo’s absence, was the provider of the pass that the Portuguese forward required to open the scores.
Brazilian Danilo popped up with the second goal for the home team and when Osasuna thought they’d at least have a two – goal deficit to deal with, Spanish international Sergio Ramos made it worse for them with a goal just before the break with German Toni Kroos giving the assist.
Upon resumption, Kroos registered another assist, this time for Pepe to grab the fourth goal on the 56th minute and Luka Modric got the fifth just moments before he was withdrawn on the 62nd minute and Ronaldo followed suit moments later with Karim Benzema replacing him with an eye on the Champions League defence coming soon.
While the talisman walked off, Osasuna had a revival of sorts with Oriol Riera scoring on 64 minutes to cut the deficit and David Garcia got the second for Osasuna but in the end it was Real Madrid who held on for a third straight win as the visitors had Bonnin Vazquez sent off and Roberto Torres sent off late on.