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Football: Real Madrid off to winning start, Atletico held

Published on Aug 26, 2014 6:35 AM
Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale (right) shoots the ball past Cordoba's goalkeeper Juan Carlos Martin (left) during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Cordoba CF at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Aug 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid got their La Liga campaign off to a winning start as they beat newly promoted Cordoba 2-0 at home, but champions Atletico Madrid were held 0-0 away to Rayo Vallecano on Monday, Aug 25, 2014.

Without the Manchester United bound Angel di Maria, Real were also far from convincing at the Bernabeu but got the three points thanks to Karim Benzema's first-half header and a characteristic thumping finish into the bottom corner from Cristiano Ronaldo in stoppage time.

However, there was no such joy for Atletico. With coach Diego Simeone watching on from the stands they played out a bore draw with Rayo.

Simeone had been handed an eight-match touchline ban earlier in the day for his conduct towards the officials in the second leg of Atletico's Super Cup victory over Real on Friday and his side suffered a hangover from that match in a lacklustre performance.

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