?Deportivo La Coruña are the latest side to be comfortably beaten by Real Madrid, with goals from Gareth Bale, Casemiro and Toni Kroos providing Los Blancos with a 3-0 victory at the Estadio Riazor.
A late red card for Sergio Ramos marred what could have been a perfect evening for Real Madrid, the Spaniard receiving his marching orders after he was adjudged to have used his elbow to gain an advantage in an aerial battle.
An incredible stat has been released following Madrid’s victory, claiming that in the build up to Casemiro’s goal there were 44 passes that lead to the Brazilian’s scoring opportunity, the highest tally in the last decade.
Bitter rivals Barcelona are a side who pride themselves on playing tiki-taka football, however, after being dismantled by Real Madrid in the Supercopa de España, the home of passing football could be shifting to the Spanish capital.
An incredible 44 passes were completed before Casemiro prodded the ball into an empty net, with compatriot Marcelo providing a cutting-edge assist for Madrid’s commanding midfielder.
Welsh international Bale also found himself celebrating a goal after tapping the ball into an empty net, with Kroos’ 20-yard strike the only time that goalkeeper Rubén Martínez was beaten by a shot at his goal.