Carvajal opened the scoring with a looping header, catching the keeper off his line in the 20th minute before Bale secured the points when he steered in Asensio’s pass six minutes into the second half.
The victory gets Los Blancos’ La Liga season off to a winning start.
Here’s how the Madrid players performed.
Keylor Navas – With Thibaut Courtois approaching his first start, the Costa Rican would’ve wanted to impress but wasn’t given a chance with just one routine save to make. 6
Dani Carvajal – Solid in defence and supported the attack. Scored with a cleverly executed looping header for the opener. 8
Nacho – Read the game well and was always a step ahead of Jorge Molina and Gaku Shibasaki, making several interceptions. 7
Sergio Ramos – Excellent on the ball and effective with his distribution. Had a couple of moments in the opposition’s box. 6
Marcelo – Wasn’t at his marauding best but produced real quality when he crossed for Bale in the first half. Grew into the game after half-time. 6
Dani Ceballos – Supported Toni Kroos well and was tidy with his passing but was caught in possession a few times. 5
Toni Kroos – Puts Julen Lopetegui’s ideas into motion on the pitch. Dictated play brilliantly with near-perfect passing, completing 119 at a 98 per cent success rate, including 16 out of 16 long balls. 7
Isco – Far from his best as he failed to create any openings while his touch was off as well. Subbed off before the hour mark. 5
Gareth Bale – Interchanged with Isco and Asensio well. Always a threat, heading onto the bar in the first half and scoring with a fine finish in the second. 7
Karim Benzema – No real chances to speak of for the Frenchman who had a subdued outing. 5
Asensio – Blended his supreme technique with work ethic. Forced Djene Dakonam off the ball and set up Bale before striking the upright with a stinging right-footed shot from range. 7
Casemiro – Anchored the midfield when he came on for Isco, allowing Asensio more freedom to attack. 5
Luka Modric – Tried to force a third goal and misplaced a couple of passes. 5
Lucas Vazquez – Created a half chance after replacing Bale. N/A
Modric, 32, came away with the Golden Ball as World Cup 2018’s best player after Croatia’s charge to the final.
In the opinion of the Canarinho tactician when quizzed about the tournament, the midfielder was the perfect choice.
Watch Tite’s answer below.
Julen Lopetegui says he has 100 per cent faith in his Real Madrid squad.
The new Los Blancos boss is determined to get the best out of the player at his disposal rather than dip into the transfer market again.
Watch him speak in the video below.