Bale scores on comeback

Gareth Bale netted early on. Credit: PA

Karim Benzema scored twice and Gareth Bale marked his return from injury with a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win where Cristiano Ronaldo's absence hardly mattered.

Having spent considerable energy on attempting to repeal the three-match ban handed to the FIFA Ballon d'Or winner, Madrid were turned down and had to field a side to face Villarreal without their talisman. Not to worry, they had Benzema, Bale, and Jese, who all got their names on the scoresheet.

Former Spurs man Giovani Dos Santos and Mario bagged the consolations.

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