La Liga: Gareth Bale scores on debut but Real Madrid held; Barcelona win thriller

Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Real who were held 2-2 at Villarreal. Meanwhile, Alexis Sanchez gave Barca a 3-2 victory over Sevilla.

updated: September 15, 2013 07:59 IST
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Madrid: World record signing Gareth Bale scored on his long-awaited Real Madrid debut on Saturday, but his side were still held 2-2 at Villarreal.

The Welshman, who joined Madrid from Tottenham for a reported record fee of around £80 million ($124 million, 94 million euros) earlier this month, turned home Dani Carvajal's cross five minutes from half-time to send Madrid in level at the break after Cani had given Villarreal a deserved lead.

Bale was then withdrawn to make way for Angel Di Maria on the hour mark, but the visitors were in front just two minutes later when Cristiano Ronaldo's effort ricocheted past Sergio Asenjo in the Villarreal goal.

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