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Gareth Bale scores on his Real Madrid debut

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Gareth Bale scored on his Real Madrid debut, as his new side drew 2-2 with Villarreal at El Madrigal.

The £86million man’s La Liga bow lasted until the 61st minute, and he was on target in the 38th as he began to repay his world-record transfer fee.

Former record holder Cristiano Ronaldo was also on target for the visitors in the battle of last season’s second-placed sides, with Madrid in La Liga while Villarreal achieved the same position in the Segunda Division.

Cani and Bale’s old Tottenham Hotspur teammate Giovani Dos Santos grabbed the goals for the hosts, as both sides remain unbeaten this season despite losing their 100 per cent records on Saturday evening.

Marcelino Garcia Toral’s side took the lead on 20 minutes following some nice play on the edge of the area, before Pepe’s challenge presented the ball on a plate for Cani who provided an untidy finish

Diego Lopez produced a magnificent double save shortly afterwards to deny Javier Aquino from doubling the hosts’ advantage.

At the other end Sergio Asenjo brilliantly beat away from the head of Sergio Ramos, while Ronaldo saw his free header sail well wide of the target.

It was the Portugal man’s successor as world’s most expensive player who found Real’s equaliser six minutes before half-time. Bale arrived late in the area ahead of Mario Gaspar to slot home from Daniel Carvajal’s cross, after the right-back linked up well with Luka Modric down the flank.

Bale very nearly doubled his tally just after half-time with a vicious drive that was tipped over by Asenjo, while Jaume Costa wasted a golden opportunity for the home side as he shot wide after being picked out by Jonathan Pereira’s cutback.

Ronaldo put Carlo Ancelotti’s men in front shortly after Bale’s withdrawal on 63 minutes in fortunate circumstances. Karim Benzema’s shot was parried into his path, before his shot hit the defender and bounced back over Asenjo via the surprised striker.

However the Yellow Submarine drew level seven minutes later. Cani went on a mazy run and forced Lopez to push the ball straight to Giovani Dos Santos whose rebound was too hot to handle for the Madrid number one.

Only Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have perfect records after the opening four games of La Liga.  A late Alexis Sanchez strike maintained Barca's winning streak earlier tonight.

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