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Gareth Bale took his Champions League bow for Real Madrid in Turkey on Tuesday night, but it was Cristiano Ronaldo who stole the show with a stunning second-half hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Galatasaray in Istanbul.

Bale, who scored on his La Liga debut at Villarreal on Saturday, made a cameo appearance off the bench in the second half as Real Madrid scored five times in the space of 36 minutes.

The former Tottenham Hotspur player did have one chance to open his European account for the season, in the 72nd minute, but having cut inside from the right the Wales international’s fierce shot was beaten away by Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

“The result makes the game look easy but it was anything but in the first half,” Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said.

“We had a lot of problems and had to survive a lot of pressure. After the first goal by Isco it is true that things became easier.”

Before Bale’s arrival, it had been a first half of contrasting emotions for Real, who lost goalkeeper Iker ­Casillas with an injured side in the 12th minute. Diego López replaced ­Casillas and within a dozen minutes had pulled off two outstanding saves to deny the unfortunate Felipe Melo.

The second of those saves was the precursor to a stunning Madrid break in which the former Malaga striker Isco controlled Ángel di María’s ­raking pass before beating Muslera at his near post. After that, it was a procession for Madrid.

A mix-up in the Galatasaray defence, nine minutes into the ­second half, allowed Karim Benzema to double Madrid’s lead and after Ronaldo had twice been denied by Muslera the Portuguese forward found himself in the right place at the right time to convert Isco’s 63rd-minute assist.

Isco immediately gave way to Bale and Madrid were four goals clear in the 66th minute when Ronaldo was once again on hand to score from close range.

Benzema’s second goal, 10 minutes from time, made it five and, although Umut Bulut pinched a late consolation for the home side, Ronaldo ­completed his hat-trick, courtesy of another piece of clinical finishing, in stoppage time.

Elsehwere, Bayern Munich made a winning start to their Champions League defence with a crushing 3-0 defeat of CSKA Moscow at the Allianz Arena.

David Alaba, the 21-year-old Austria international, gave the champions the perfect start with a goal after three minutes. By half-time Mario Mandzukic had doubled the advantage with his 19th goal for the club in just 30 appearances.

Arjen Robben then wrapped up the game 22 minutes from time. Bayern joined their next opponents, Manchester City, on top of the group.

In Group B, Nicolai Jorgensen gave FC Copenhagen a 14th-minute lead against Juventus, but Fabio Quagliarella equalised nine minutes into the second half. Next up for Juventus is a home game against Galatasaray.

Manchester United’s Group  A opponents Real Sociedad and Shakthar Donetsk played out a goalless first half in Spain. But two goals from Alex Teixeira earned the visitors an important win. The 23-year-old struck first in the 64th minute and sealed victory three minutes from time.

In Group C, Edison Cavani broke the deadlock for Paris St-Germain in Greece after 20 minutes. Olympiakos levelled five minutes later through Vladimir Weiss but the night belonged to the French side. Thiago Motta clinched the win with two goals in the final quarter before Marquinhos made it 4-1 in the closing moments.

Filip Djuricic and Luisao were on the mark for Benfica in a 2-0 victory against Anderlecht.

Source: Telegraph

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