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Meanwhile, previously had reported that Cristiano Ronaldo on Sunday, September 16, scored his first goal for Italian champions Juventus in their 2-1 win over visiting Sassuolo.

Bale admitted starting on the bench had angered him, and his feelings were unchanged when he was introduced. "But you know you are in a situation where if you're going to get closed down you have to try something", Bale said.

The Wales global needed just three minutes to have an impact, his stunning overhead kick giving Madrid the lead before he sealed a 3-1 win with a long-range strike late on.

"You could opt to take the ball down and do something then". I knew that I was working well and it was only a matter of time.

You try to make it more hard because if it doesn't go in the corner I always give them a problem if it's right down their throat.

'Mistakes happen. It's just unfortunate it's in a final.

Bale has had to shoulder more of the responsibility in the final third of the pitch in the wake of Ronaldo's move to the Bianconeri in the off-season, but also says he feels more relaxed.

Gareth Bale appears to have had a little dig at Cristiano Ronaldo when asked how things are different at Real Madrid following his shock summer departure.

"I knew exactly where the ball went and you can see in the video my head turns to look exactly where the ball is going".

"Every time I play I want to score, assist and help the team to win".

"But I'm enjoying playing for the biggest club in the world and winning trophies".

However, since the absence of the five-time Ballon d'Or victor this season after making a club-record £88.8m move to Juventus, the Welshman has thrived with three goals and two assists in the opening four games.

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