Liga - Unconvincing Real Madrid start off with win

La Liga, Bernabeu - Real Madrid 2 (Benzema 30, Ronaldo 90) Cordoba 0.

Liga - Unconvincing Real Madrid start off with win

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Karim Benzema scores during Real Madrid-Córdoba (AFP)

Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo found the net as Real Madrid started their La Liga campaign with a less than convincing 2-0 win over Cordoba.

Los Blancos were dominant for much of the game, but lacked the kind of threat and attacking fluidity that came to characterise them last season, with summer signings Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez handed places in the midfield lineup. 

Ronaldo was given the nod from the start, despite his recent struggles with injury, although there was no place for Angel Di Maria, who is in England to complete his move to Manchester United

Benzema opened the scoring in the first half with a bullet header from a Kroos cross, but Real failed to build on that goal until stoppage time at the end of the game, when Ronaldo struck a snap shot from 25 yards to secure the points.


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