The Spanish La Liga 2016/17 season has officially begun, and Real Madrid has claimed its first three points with a convincing victory against Real Sociedad. Newcomer Marco Asensio shined on his first official game as a first team player while Gareth Bale’s brace carried the team to victory despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence.

Real Madrid stamped its authority against Real Sociedad with a 3-0 final result in their opening La Liga match. Gareth Bale scored the first goal of the match at the two-minute mark to put Los Blancos ahead.

Before the first half ended, newcomer Marco Asensio gave Real Madrid a two-goal cushion with a perfectly composed chip over the head of the advancing keeper. The 40th-minute goal is Asensio’s way of announcing his presence after having been formally announced as a first team Real Madrid player just last week. Following a superb off season, Zinedine Zidane has made the decision to promote the youngster from the lower ranks.

While Real Sociedad tried to catch up, it never really challenged Kiko Casilla on Real Madrid’s goal. Gareth Bale added insult to injury by scoring another goal in the last kick of the match. At four minutes into stoppage time, the Welshman sealed the impressive season opener.

“Seeing your team give hardly any chances away and keeping a clean sheet is the most pleasing thing for a coach,” said Zidane during the post-match press conference. He also made it clear that even with the absence of superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid has enough players to consistently perform well.  “I try to show that all of the players are key, and if we achieve something important, then it is teamwork that will allow us to achieve it,” he said.

Cristiano Ronaldo is already back in training after recovering from a knee injury that he suffered during Portugal’s Euro 2016 victory. However, Zidane has left him out of the opening La Liga match to ensure a full recovery.  Real Madrid plays Celta Vigo at home next Saturday.