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A goal and an assist from Gareth Bale against Getafe got Julen Lopetegui's side off to a perfect start in La Liga.

MADRID -- Real Madrid beat Getafe 2-0 on Sunday night at the Santiago Bernabeu with the visiting team unable to register a single shot on target until late in the game. Keylor Navas remains the team's first-choice goalkeeper despite the arrival of Thibaut Courtois during the summer, and while Getafe showed little interest in attacking until they went two goals down, Real Madrid were assured in their defensive duties.

All in all, with an emphasis on fixing the attack, it seems that Julen Lopetegui...

Gareth Bale delivers assured performance in Real Madrid's La Liga opening win over Getafe

A goal and an assist from Gareth Bale against Getafe got Julen Lopetegui's side off to a perfect start in La Liga.
Steve Nicol explains the role he thinks Gareth Bale should play in Real Madrid's attack, and Julien Laurens explains how Karim Benzema factors in.

Real Madrid put the European Super Cup debacle behind them with an assured 2-0 win over Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night.

In Julen Lopetegui's first game in charge of Real Madrid in domestic competition, Dani Carvajal and Gareth Bale scored in either half against an organised visiting side.

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Lopetegui showed off his ability to tinker without really losing any defensive solidity. He went without Casemiro, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane as they continue to get up to speed after...

Lionel Messi earns perfect 10, sub Philippe Coutinho also stars in opener vs. Alaves

Lionel Messi scored his 6000th goal in La Liga history, as Barcelona put away Alaves 3-0.
Lionel Messi started 2018-19 with a bang, bagging a brace in a season-opening win over Alaves.
Lionel Messi picked up right where he left off for Barcelona, opening the 2018-19 season with a well-taken brace.

BARCELONA, Spain -- A second-half brace from Lionel Messi and a Philippe Coutinho strike got Barcelona's defence of La Liga off to a winning start on Saturday as they beat Alaves 3-0.

Alaves, who were the last team to win at Camp Nou in the league, back in September 2016, made it to the break goalless, but their resistance was eventually broken in the 64th minute when Messi ripped a free kick under the wall.

Coutinho, who came on at half-time, sealed the points late on, bursting into the area...

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Transfer Tracker: Signings, departures for Europe's largest clubs

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson breaks down the latest transfer rumours surrounding Paul Pogba, Rafinha and more in Rumour Rater.

With the transfer window open across Europe, clubs are now able to finalise the signings of players they have monitored and negotiated with for months.

The transfer window is shorter this summer but that does not mean it will be any less busy. Check out when all the major windows will close here and view all completed transfers.

See who has left which club, where they are headed and the terms of the moves with our transfer tracker below:

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La Liga in North America: How NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and Rugby fared overseas

Relevent Sports chairman Charlie Stillitano explains his vision to build and promote the La Liga brand through games played in the U.S.
With La Liga agreeing a 15-year joint venture to bring games to the U.S., FC's Craig Burley explains the benefits he sees for all parties involved.

La Liga is coming to the U.S.! Thursday's announcement of a 15-year partnership with Relevent, a multinational media, sports and entertainment company, means Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates could line up for a league game in America. 

While such an occurrence would be a first for a European football league, other sports have been playing games overseas for years, as our ESPN colleagues explain.

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What is the history of playing overseas?

The NFL began staging...

Barcelona's best XI picks itself: Ousmane Dembele wide and Philippe Coutinho deeper

A World Cup-disrupted preseason has not been ideal preparation for Barcelona's defence of La Liga, but coach Ernesto Valverde has everything he needs going into Saturday's opener against Alaves at Camp Nou.

The tour of the United States featured a mix of players on the fringes of the first team and youngsters from Barca B. The only players that took part in the International Champions Cup who look set to start the season as regulars in Valverde's side are goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and right-back...